The Most Awesomely Eighties 1980s Music Videos
Remember how, like, totally awesome MTV was back in the Eighties? Bitchin' music videos with bodacious bods, righteous clothes and radical dance moves. Since Eighties nostalgia never seems to end, we thought we'd list, like, the most Eighties kinds of 1980s videos. Flash back with 15 fresh categories.
In the early Eighties, some artists clearly didn't think the whole music video thing was going to pan out. And it didn't take long to figure out which videos were shot in a day. A good number of them merely featured the artist – Scandal with "Goodbye to You," Huey Lewis and the News with "Workin' for a Livin'" – pretending to perform the songs in a photo studio. John Cougar's band played air instruments on "Ain't Even Done with the Night," while Phil Collins was truly a solo act, playing all the air instruments on "I Missed Again." See also: "Jump (for My Love)" by the Pointer Sisters, "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones.
In the golden era of MTV, a band knew they'd made it once they had their first million-dollar video. Backed by big bucks, they could shoot videos in Sri Lanka (Duran Duran), recreate a 1920s film set (Madonna) or employ elaborate stop-motion animation (Peter Gabriel). But when it comes to all-out video making, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is still unmatched. Three decades later, Filipino prisoners, wedding parties and flash mobs are still recreating those scary dance moves.
In the Eighties, we loved wild colors. In New Edition's "Cool It Now" alone, every group member sports a different bold shade – reds, yellow, blue and even head-to-toe teal. We also loved leg warmers (Olivia Newton John), hairspray (Bananarama), big earrings (Cyndi Lauper), fingerless lace gloves (Madonna), oversized tops (Belinda Carlisle) and neon (Wham!).