The Big MVD Hair Metal Battle!

The Big MVD Hair Metal Battle!

In the 1980’s one kind of rock band ruled over all the others so we take a look back and ask who were the ultimate hair metal band? When I was younger heavy metal and rock music was my life. I had the denim jacket, read Kerrang! and accumulated a nice little collection of singles, albums and later on CD’s. Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath were what I considered to be proper heavy metal bands. The other side of the coin was a succession of bands I considered tinny, over-produced, and lacking any real balls. Hair metal, christened as Read more »

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s!!!! Our take on the decade is finally here! Now we’re talking! Culture, fashion and film This post could actually be 10 posts just on culture, fashion and film…I think we could do soundtrack playlist from movies of the eighties, then another playlist for seventies sitcoms and TV series, and another one on eighties fashion. It is a never ending source of amusement and fun! The eighties are seen as a decade of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, artists, especially musicians, set out to push boundaries of what was conventional. Disco was on its way out, Read more »

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

The biggest scandal in music videos history…Milli Vanilli. I have screwed up or dare I say “we”, we have screwed up. I think we lost our north. It is time we face reality and apologize for an inexcusable miss…we dared to write about music videos and spend productive hours watching clips and we forgot to talk about Milli Vanilli! The biggest scandal in music videos history…a scheme basically created by the existence and predominance of music videos, the industry´s worse low point (although there are other terrible ones out there like exploitation and revenue appropriation and well, taking artists and turning Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

A look at Madonna´s third album “True Blue”. Time to resume my analysis of Madonna´s videos album by album. I am enjoying revisiting her although the album I’m looking at today isn’t one of her best, or not one that has great videos anyway… Her third album is “True Blue”. It was released in June 30th, 1986. It was a success worldwide, and it was a more mature album, dealing with work and relationships, the album was dedicated to her then husband Sean Penn. She also incorporated elements of classical music into her pop music, and received positive reviews from Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

Ok, we’ve been doing this for nearly 6 months now and I feel the time has come to tackle one of the most (in)famous music promos of all time, a video that purports to tell a heart-warming tale of seemingly unrequited love finally being resolved (requited, even). It’s a video that reeks of the 80’s and is one of the most memorable of that decade, and yet there is something – a few things, in fact – that has always bothered me about it, and it is these sinister anomalies which I intend to explore in detail today… On the Read more »

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Oh the female heart…the female soul in general. A mystery to us all. REALLY. All I know now is that every woman I know has from 30 to 50 different emotions in a day (yours truly included). Blame it on hormones, on society, on the fact that we come from mars or blame it on the boogie (sorry!) but it is just the simple truth. Because of that whirlpool of estrogen and feeling I have always felt respect and awe towards women who are able to communicate their feelings with others in a way that doesn’t come off as hysterical Read more »

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

In depth look at the videos and relationship between The Cure and director Tim Pope. For this post I want to take a look at a creative relationship between a band and a director that is a hugely significant one in the history of the pop video, as well as being a big part of my life when I was a teenager. The Cure were always one of the more interesting and inventive groups of the 80’s and indeed were one of the first ‘alternative’ bands to really crossover in to the mainstream. During their heyday they were an ever-present Read more »

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The Police´s “Every Breath you Take” and Glenn Medeiros “Nothing is gonna change my love for you” and why growing up in the 80´s was not the ideal period to grow up and be a romantic. I grew up in the 80´s. I think it would be impossible to deny the influence that era had in me, my musical taste, my idea of the world, etc, etc, etc. I have always thought that music impacts my view on life and romance…it was probably because of songs like this that I am not a romantic. Times were different then, and I Read more »

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Barry Manilow´s video and the reality of lonely New Year´s Eve for some people. Aaah, New Year’s Eve, a time to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the one about to begin. It’s a chance to positively celebrate the relentless passing of time that for so much of the rest of our lives seems like an inescapable inevitability that we do our best to ignore. That’s the funny thing about New Years, it’s the one time of the year where we actively celebrate something as banal as one date changing to another. Massive celebrations in every Read more »

Slash Goes Beyond

Slash Goes Beyond

We take a look at the role of the band’s iconic lead-guitarist Slash on some of the most recognizable videos Guns n’ Roses made. For this analysis we’re going back to the early 90’s and the biggest rock band in the world at that time, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Having released two double lp’s at once – a statement of grandiose intent if ever there was one – the band were at the peak of everything: fame, creativity, cocaine use, rampant megolamania. Out of this period came what has become known amongst G’n’R fans as the Del James trilogy, videos shot Read more »

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

A review of one of the iconic movies of the 80´s: The plot, the actors, the soundtrack from the movie “Cocktail” This is the first request I’m doing. I am very happy to do it, one because it is for one of my dearest friends and two because I happen to love the movie, the video and the song. A part of me has that idea of paradise…INCEPTION! The film cocktail is a classic 80s chick flick, and there are 3 important things I remember about it – #spoiler alert (although I think since the movie was released in 1988 you Read more »

One on One: Dead or Alive

One on One: Dead or Alive

We take a look at two videos by the band Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round” and “Lover Come Back to Me” and analyze them thoroughly. For the second post, I thought I would take on a fascinating challenge. Yes, it involves the band Dead or Alive and their biggest hit “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” and follow-up single “Lover Come Back To Me”. I didn’t choose “Brand New Lover” because I do not like to do what is expected of me. You spin me round Lover come back to me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPMn__VKWPI Again, I have decided to Read more »

“Obsession”: Porn for costume fetishists.

“Obsession”: Porn for costume fetishists.

The video, the fashion, the dance moves, the weirdness behind Animotion´s most famous video and how it became an Obsession. We thought we´d start with ‘Obsession’ because since we thought about starting this blog, it has become a part of our daily lives and we have been practically obsessing over it. Enough said… Before analyzing a video, we like to check the “essential element chart”: Body part close up X Group member face close up X Synthesizer shot X Shoulder pad zoom in (extra points for male shoulder pads) X Random location shot X The key to the video can Read more »