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Subject: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MarcDaShark on 07/30/05 at 11:42 am

What would you say are some of the weirdest music videos of the 80s?

One of them I would say is "Da Da Da" by Trio.  What are some of your picks?

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MetalManiac on 07/30/05 at 1:22 pm

Don't come Around Here No More  by Tom Petty. I want whatever he was smokin!

Actually, I take that back...Rock It by Herbie Hancock. There was some weirdass stuff in that video...cool but very strange.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Jennifer028 on 07/30/05 at 1:49 pm

Puttin on the ritz by Taco---just recently saw this  :o

Land of confusion by Genesis

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: woops on 07/30/05 at 2:51 pm

Agree wit the Tom Petty, Herbie Hancock,  & Genesis videos...  :)


Most from Devo were pretty interesting like "Freedom of Choice" & "(Can't Get No) Satisfaction"


Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: _adam_ on 07/30/05 at 4:50 pm

Relax-Frankie goes to hollywood

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Acidpiss on 07/31/05 at 1:05 am

Hands down weirdest 80s music video was "Why Me" by Plan P (also known as Planet P). Some strange imagery in that video.
Great song though. :)

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Marty McFly on 07/31/05 at 9:46 am


Hands down weirdest 80s music video was "Why Me" by Plan P (also known as Planet P). Some strange imagery in that video.
Great song though. :)


I've never seen that one, but I've heard the exact same thing by a few others. In general, how would you describe it?

BTW: more related to the song itself, but there's a line about "The last man to leave here was never heard from again. He won't be back this way till 2010."

Needless to say I always liked that. Of course for the time it came out (1983 I think?) that sounded like an ominous, futuristic thing to say. Like if we had a song mentioning 2030. And just think, we're only 5 years away from it, and the world ain't that different! ;)

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Schillingfan on 07/31/05 at 2:58 pm

Pale Shelter, Mad World and Change (all 1983) by Tears For Fears. I like them all, but PS and Change I never got to understanding!

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Acidpiss on 08/01/05 at 2:06 am


I've never seen that one, but I've heard the exact same thing by a few others. In general, how would you describe it?


Don't remember it vividly since I was young. Remember alot of quick-cut type edits using a boy, a skull and if I remember correctly, a car floating in space.

All I remember is it weirded me out big time. It was creepy.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Cafe80s on 08/01/05 at 8:55 am

Probably not the wierdest one i've ever seen, but the one that comes to mind at this moment is Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads. Hey MetalManiac i'm sure i've seen that Tom Petty one, isn't that the one with the Alice In Wonderland theme? Wow was that a filmclip on acid from hell or what?

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/01/05 at 11:34 am


Probably not the wierdest one i've ever seen, but the one that comes to mind at this moment is Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads. Hey MetalManiac i'm sure i've seen that Tom Petty one, isn't that the one with the Alice In Wonderland theme? Wow was that a filmclip on acid from hell or what?


Yup...that Tom Petty vid was Alice in Wonderland on  mushrooms or something  :D  Totally rad...I loved it even if it did make me feel a bit unsettled

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MarcDaShark on 08/01/05 at 11:53 am


Probably not the wierdest one i've ever seen, but the one that comes to mind at this moment is Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads.


In that video, the lead singer looks like he's in desperate need for some coke.  ;D  Awesome song, though.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Cafe80s on 08/01/05 at 12:35 pm


the lead singer looks like he's in desperate need for some coke.

LMAO ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Schillingfan on 08/01/05 at 4:03 pm

Mr.Roboto by Styx, that video scared the crap out of me when I first saw it! But I think it was those robots

One thing about Nena's video for 99 Luft Balloons, why does the video keep going back and forth on slow motion pace and normal pace! It's irritating!

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Marty McFly on 08/04/05 at 12:48 am


Yup...that Tom Petty vid was Alice in Wonderland on mushrooms or something :D Totally rad...I loved it even if it did make me feel a bit unsettled


Yeah it's certainly interesting. Despite that I'm STILL afraid of it (if I don't expect to see it, LOL), I would love to see a "behind the scenes/making of"-type feature for this video if such a thing exists.

Storywise, I wonder things like (1) does it take place in the present or the past, when AIW was supposed to have happened in the 19th century, and (2) how/why does Alice get in the pathway to Tom's dungeon in the first place.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/04/05 at 5:16 am

Yeah it's certainly interesting. Despite that I'm STILL afraid of it (if I don't expect to see it, LOL), I would love to see a "behind the scenes/making of"-type feature for this video if such a thing exists.

I'm going to do some web searching, you've got me interested now. It was a powerful visual! I have't seen it for years but would love to. Maybe I'll see if a local store has it (doubtful these days).

2) how/why does Alice get in the pathway to Tom's dungeon in the first place.

She was eating mushrooms, I'm telling you  ;D :D Either that or there were peyote cacti around her that she partook of  8)  Only reason I can work out for why she turned into a cake at the end LOL!

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Marty McFly on 08/04/05 at 5:40 am

^ LOL. Storywise you're probably right.

As for the video, it's on his old compilation from the 80's called "A Bunch of Videos and Some Other Stuff" and on the newer one called Playback, which I think is still available on DVD. I have it taped off VH1 somewhere but I'm actually afraid to watch it since I forget where in the tape it is.

Yeah I know I'm more than a little old for that, but what can I say! ;D

As a sidenote, I wonder who the actress is who played Alice? I'd guess she was like 10 or 12 in that, so she'd have to be around 30 today -- I can't believe 1985 was 20 years ago!!!

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: _adam_ on 08/04/05 at 6:40 am

The Cure-Close to me

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/04/05 at 7:32 am


^ LOL. Storywise you're probably right.

As for the video, it's on his old compilation from the 80's called "A Bunch of Videos and Some Other Stuff" and on the newer one called Playback, which I think is still available on DVD. I have it taped off VH1 somewhere but I'm actually afraid to watch it since I forget where in the tape it is.

Yeah I know I'm more than a little old for that, but what can I say! ;D

As a sidenote, I wonder who the actress is who played Alice? I'd guess she was like 10 or 12 in that, so she'd have to be around 30 today -- I can't believe 1985 was 20 years ago!!!


Amazon has Playback. I'll order that if I can't find it locally. Wish we could pay for and d/l videos like we can music.

Little old for being spooked by a video? No you're not...I'm still deathly afraid of clowns. How dumb is that? :-[

Dunno who the girl is in that video but it'd be fun to see if she is mentioned somewhere on line and if she's done anything else. I'm also curious about the little girl who was in Lita Ford's "Hungry for your sex" video. That was another strange Alice in Wonderland type video-wasn't creepy like Tom Petty's though

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: whistledog on 06/28/06 at 7:18 pm

Had A Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy) - Roger Hodgson
Fade to Grey - Visage
Too Bad - Doug and the Slugs

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Eac Zeffron on 06/28/06 at 11:42 pm

Anything Tiffany


Makes me believe that Ashley Tisdale is much older than her actual age...  :o

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 06/29/06 at 1:05 am

Hawk, the Slayer's Top 6 Weirdest '80s Videos:

6. "Hyperactive", by Thomas Dolby. Disconnected, but fun...especially the ventriloquist bit!
5. "Don't Come Around Here No More", by Tom Petty. Alice as a cake, & his smile at the end.....
4. "She's A Beauty", by The Tubes. Now, THAT would be a ride to trip one out...
3. "Torture", by the Jacksons. Just exactly what was the POINT of this video?
2. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", by Wang Chung. The flash-face motions were a trip out!
AND! Hawk's Personal Vote For Weirdest Video Of the 1980s:
1. "Shock the Monkey", by Peter Gabriel. I understand the idea of the song, but this was a weird way to show it......

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: dr mabuse on 06/29/06 at 10:18 am

Send Me An Angel - Real Life (looks like it was filmed on the same locale as "Legend" lots of fog and hazy cinematography, a scary monster, the not-so-attractive lead singer, very fairy-tale like and just flat out weeeiiiiiirrrrrrdddd)

I Love You - Yello (bizarre video, weird colors and imagery, one trippy looking woman in huge sunglasses)

Jeopardy - Greg Kihn (zombies in a church?  Maybe it was trying to rip "Thriller")

These are the ones that really come to mind. 

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Mushroom on 06/30/06 at 12:34 am

Wow, there were so many of them.  Here are a few I remember, in no particular oder:

Oingo Boingo - Little Girls (imagine somebody trying to do  a video today about pedophilia)
David Bowie - Let's Dance (Hey, let's make a music video about some people in Brazil living through a nuclear war!)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (hey, let's set a video in a gay leather bar!)
Michael Nesmith - Sunset Sam (Hulk Hogan look-alike as a rollerskating hustler with 2 hookers)
Devo - Jocko Homo (the video is as weird as the song)

And there is one really strange one, but I can't remember the song or who performed it.  I know that a lot of time in the video was spent around an old school buss, and a bunch of televisions.  Towards the end of the video, the band crashes the bus through a wall of televisions.  It would have been one of the earliest videos, around 1982-1983.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: pell on 06/30/06 at 1:52 am


1. "Shock the Monkey", by Peter Gabriel. I understand the idea of the song, but this was a weird way to show it......


Actually, anything by Peter Gabriel was weird and cool. "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time" were strange and fun.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: JamieMcBain on 06/30/06 at 9:49 am

Close To The Edit by Art of Noise is way up there.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: JamieMcBain on 06/30/06 at 10:19 am


Send Me An Angel - Real Life (looks like it was filmed on the same locale as "Legend" lots of fog and hazy cinematography, a scary monster, the not-so-attractive lead singer, very fairy-tale like and just flat out weeeiiiiiirrrrrrdddd)

I Love You - Yello (bizarre video, weird colors and imagery, one trippy looking woman in huge sunglasses)

Jeopardy - Greg Kihn (zombies in a church?  Maybe it was trying to rip "Thriller")

These are the ones that really come to mind. 


Watching Send Me A Angel, right now...... Your right, it is weird!  ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Davester on 06/30/06 at 10:48 am


Hawk, the Slayer's Top 6 Weirdest '80s Videos:

AND! Hawk's Personal Vote For Weirdest Video Of the 1980s:
1. "Shock the Monkey", by Peter Gabriel. I understand the idea of the song, but this was a weird way to show it......


  Yeah, Shock the Monkey would be my pick, as well...

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: JamieMcBain on 06/30/06 at 11:25 pm

Now that's a weird video!

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: whistledog on 07/01/06 at 12:00 am

One of my all-time favourite 80s songs .. "Love Leads to Madness" by Nazareth

Apparently Nazareth weren't ready for the video age, and it shows  :\'(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPwTvmhdbZQ&search=nazareth%20love%20leads%20to%20madness

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: woops on 07/01/06 at 3:52 am

banned version of "Relax" from Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: berger on 07/02/06 at 12:33 pm


Land of confusion by Genesis


My son was 2yrs old when this video came out. He would hide in the kitchen and scream & scream until I turned it off.
He hated that video!!!
Hes now 22yrs old and it still creeps him out ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: JamieMcBain on 07/02/06 at 5:49 pm

It is a really strange video.  ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: woops on 07/02/06 at 6:10 pm

I actually found the "Land of Confusion" video funny,  :D ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Ed216 on 07/02/06 at 10:13 pm

I would have to say ANY video by Duran Duran. They were all stupid or creepy, or both.

The discussion of the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Alice In Wonderland video reminded me of a similar one. There was video by The Greg Kihn Band, (I don't remember the name of the song anymore) that was a takeoff of The Wizard Of Oz. That was pretty strange too. Maybe not in the top ten of strange videos, but I did see it on MTV a few times, and it stuck out in my memory as one of the weirder ones  I saw.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: Bobby on 07/03/06 at 5:29 am

Definitely agree with 'Rockit' by Herbie Hancock and 'Don't come around here no more' by Tom Petty.

I think I ought to add "Hyperactive" by Thomas Dolby and 'Somebody's watching me' by Rockwell - great but definitely off-kilter videos.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 07/04/06 at 1:45 am


I would have to say ANY video by Duran Duran. They were all stupid or creepy, or both.

The discussion of the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Alice In Wonderland video reminded me of a similar one. There was video by The Greg Kihn Band, (I don't remember the name of the song anymore) that was a takeoff of The Wizard Of Oz. That was pretty strange too. Maybe not in the top ten of strange videos, but I did see it on MTV a few times, and it stuck out in my memory as one of the weirder ones  I saw.


You are either referring to Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy", or "The Breakup Song".
One of the most off-kilter videos I saw was David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes".
All I can say is two words: Jeffrey Dahmer.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: JamieMcBain on 07/04/06 at 12:42 pm

Rockit is definetly a weird video.  ;D

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: namilliron on 07/05/06 at 5:18 pm


Pale Shelter, Mad World and Change (all 1983) by Tears For Fears. I like them all, but PS and Change I never got to understanding!


I take it these were not striaght performance clips.

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 07/06/06 at 3:49 am

How about Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of the Heart"?

I mean, I got most of it...but what was with the flying choir boys, whose eyes resembled something out of Zenna Handerson's "The People" novels???
???

Subject: Re: Weirdest 80's music videos

Written By: SpaceHog on 07/06/06 at 9:36 am

haircut 100's love plus one comes to mind.

mmm going tribal

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