For some unknown reason–and if there is a reason I don’t want to know it–I woke up with this song in my head this morning. One of the lingering effects from working in a record store all through the 80s.
So I U2Bed it, and was struck by how hilariously 80s it is. The beat, the voice, the wooden-faced model, the hair, the clothes–I think it might be the purest expression of the cliche 80s video.
I feel like there are sub-categories. I can’t think of exact examples right now but here is a list of some different genres and their specific cliches.
80’s hair metal would have some obligatory scantily clad women, spandex, hair spray and make up for miles (on both the scantily clad women as well as the band members), and perhaps some random faux meaningful slow motion things like shattering glass, or a close up of a drop of water that turns into flame when it hits the surface.
Here’s why I didn’t nominate that one: sure it has the craziest collection of WTF images of pretty much any video I can think of, and it’s from the 80s, but it’s kind of unique, stylewise. It’s a power ballad, not an 80s synthpop dance song. it’s kind of a genre of one. So while it might be the most insanely over the top video of the 80s, it’s not the “Eightiesest.” Noamsane?