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Subject: Music videos - if you could give awards, your picks?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 04/01/08 at 11:02 pm

If you could give out awards for 80's music videos, which ones would you pick, and why?  No limit, just list your picks.  Here's a few I'd love to give out awards to (some of these probably did win awards at some point):

A-ha ~ Take On Me.  Cool animation, creative storyline in the video story.
Dire Straits ~ Money For Nothing.  I can just see those appliance store guys, made somewhat robot-like.  Cool animation.

Talking Heads ~ Once In A Lifetime.  An early classic.  Unforgettable.  Enough said.
Paul McCartney ~ Coming Up.  Not that the song wasn't decent, the video really made that song.

Genesis ~ Land Of Confusion.  Just can't shake that image of Ronald Reagan wearing Superman garb running at top speed!
Talking Heads ~ Wild, Wild Life.  Heads and friends managed to imitate dozens of celebs etc in the course of performing the one song - cool!
Michael Jackson ~ Beat It.  There was just something cool about MJ using real gang members in the video.

I left off many of my favorites, so I'll be back.  ;)

How about yours?

Subject: Re: Music videos - if you could give awards, your picks?

Written By: whistledog on 04/01/08 at 11:42 pm

Best Animated Music Video:  Can't Stand Still - The Extras (1985) Great animation!

Best Music Video in General:  There Was A Time - One to One (1985) The mirrored elevator with the watermarked celiing is awesome!

Best Long Form Music Video:  Thriller - Michael Jackson (1983)

Best Music Video by a Duo:  We Close Our Eyes - Go West (1985) Godley and Creme did a great job directing this one

Sexiest Music Video:  Metal Queen - Lee Aaron (1984) Watch for the scene where they chain her up and torture her with fire.  WOW!

Best Music Video from a Soundtrack:  St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr (1985) Not only is he seen singing the song at St. Elmo's Bar, he incoprorates the actors into scenes at the end.  Very well done!

Worst Music Video from a Soundtrack:  Flashdance ... What A Feeling - Irene Cara (1983) Nowhere does Irene appear in the video.  It's just scenes from Flashdance.  A little effort to make an actual video would have been nice

Worst Music Video in General:  Love Leads to Madness - Nazareth (1982) In Nazareth's defense, they were more of a 70s band, when videos didn't exist.  Even still, this is no excuse.  A great song with a horrible video

Subject: Re: Music videos - if you could give awards, your picks?

Written By: woops on 04/02/08 at 4:02 pm


a-ha "Take On Me"
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"
Dire Straits "Money For Nothing"

Pop Ballad Video:

Debbie Gibson "Foolish Beat"... well acted (which Deb's actually crying), directed, and edited
The Jets "You Got It All"
Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time"

Dance Pop Video:

Janet Jackson "Pleasure Principle"
Michael Jackson "Smooth Criminal"
Madonna "Material Girl"

Hair Metal Video:

Motley Crue "Girls, Girls Girls"
Def Leppard "Photograph"
Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It"

Power Ballad Video:

Motley Crue "Home Sweet Home"
Poison "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
Kix "Don't Close Your Eyes"


Duran Duran "Rio"
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
INXS "Need You Tonight/Mediate"

Old School Hip Hop video:

LL Cool J "Going Back To Cali"
De La Soul "Me, Myself, & I"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Parents Just Don't Understand"

Early Video:

Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime"
Devo "Whip It"
Blondie "The Tide Is High"

Concert Video:

Duran Duran "The Reflex"
Bon Jovi "Livin' On A Prayer"
Janet Jackson "Control"

Long Format Video:

Michael Jackson "Thriller"
... that's pretty much it

Funniest Video Video:

David Lee Roth "Just A Gigolo"
Neil Young "This Note's For You"
Beastie Boys "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn"

Soundtrack video:

Dokken "Dream Warriors"
Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"
Talking Heads "Wild Wild Life"

Black & White music video:

Paula Abdul "Straight Up"
Tone Loc "Wild Thing"
Joan Jett "I Love Rock N' Roll"

Best Concept video:

U2 "Where The Streets Have No Name"
a-ha "Take On Me"
Tom Petty "Don't Come Around Here No More"

Debut Video:

Debbie Gibson "Only In My Dreams"
Guns N' Roses "Welcome To The Jungle"
Run DMC "Rock Box"

Hottest Video:

Taylor Dayne "Tell It To My Heart"
Duran Duran "Girls On Film"
Van Halen "Hot For Teacher"

Alternative Music Video:

The Cure "Close To Me"
Talking Heads "Road To Nowhere"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

New Wave Video:

Duran Duran "Rio"
The Go Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed"
Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science"

Best Choreography:

Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation"
Paula Abduil "Coldhearted"
Michael Jackson "Beat It"

Worst Music Video:

Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"
Olivia Newton John "Physical"
Journey "Separate Ways"

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