Hello all! I know I dropped the ball on this. Things have been a little crazy. But I finally managed to get it up. The Rack & Ruin playlist is now up on Spotify and THIRDS HQ! Woot! I’m working on getting the Rise & Fall one up before release. Happy Listening!
It’s funny how when you’re little, all you want to do is grow up, and when you’re grown up, you think about when you were little. I wouldn’t want to live in the past, but I do enjoy looking back on fond memories. As an author who writes historical, it’s a given that I find history fascinating, and that includes looking back at the eras I grew up in.
I was born in 1978, so I didn’t get to experience the 70s outside of the photos of my parents dressed in bell-bottom pants, huge sunglasses, colorful neck scarves, and psychedelic shirts. I do remember the 1980s very well. They were my childhood. What I remember most were the cartoons, the movies, the toys, the fashion, and of course the music.
MTV launched in 1981 with The Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star, still one of my favorite songs of the 80s, though technically, the song was their 1979 debut single.
In 1983 MTV debuted Thriller–all 14 minutes of it, and how awesome had it been?
Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, The Who, The Police, David Bowie, Huey Lewis and the News, Madonna, Billy Idol, Mick Jagger to name but a few whose videos aired during the early years of MTV. I remember being glued to the screen waiting for my favorite videos to play, excited when a video came on that I hadn’t seen before. A-ha’s Take On Me was another favorite. We’ve all seen the animated version, so here’s the original from 1984.
And of course, what would be the 80s without Cyndi Lauper? I adored her music. I remember jumping and dancing around the living room whenever this came on, and then of course I had my cassette. Let’s be honest, I still jump and dance around the room to this.
I LOVED the Eurythmics. Still do. At the time, I didn’t understand the video (the cows especially) or what the song was about, I just knew I loved the sound.
No list of 80s videos can be complete without Peter Gabriel. *sigh*
When I think about MTV, I think of it as it had been when I grew up. When it was all about amazing music videos. As much as I love Teen Wolf, I don’t think MTV can ever recapture those amazing years. We weren’t called the MTV generation for nothing, and it saddens me to see all the music videos replaced with drivel like 16 and Pregnant and Jersey Shore. I think t he Dire Straights had it right! “I want my MTV!”
What were some of your favorite music videos of the 1980s or 90s?
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