Daily 80's Video #22: Survivor, as you might know, had a huge hit in 1982 with Eye Of The Tiger for Rocky III, then they sort of went away. Then, in 1984, they returned with a new singer and had a smash hit album Vital Signs. My brother and his friends loved this album. I used to listen to it too, and man, every song was great. The Album had like four hit singles! The Search Is Over is the third hit of the album. Enjoy the convoluted storyline, the insertion of the bandmates at ever turn, the extreme 80's melodramatics, and of course the 80's sound and awesome 80's styles.
Daily 80's Video #21: Duran Duran's Wild Boys is a must-see 80's video. Duran Duran were possibly the most popular band of the 80's, and Wild Boys was their most ambitious video. There's about a million things going on in this video. None of it I quite understand. But who cares, during the 80's this was the coolest. Enjoy the Mad Max-type outfits the band members are wearing, the incredible Rubik's Cube caliber confusion in the video's "plot", the weird dancers (who kind of scared me when I was a kid but now annoy me more than anything else, cuz, well, they're just dancers), the shots from Barbarella (where Duran Duran got their name), John Taylor being tied up and forced to look at pictures of his two favorite things: himself and girls, and the windmill that during the video shoot allegedly stopped with Simon Lebon's head submerged in the water and nearly killed him, and lastly the unforgettable sounds of the 80's!
Daily 80's Video #20: Doing something a little different, here's an 80's TV theme. Diff'rent Strokes is probably the quintessential 80's show, running for 8 seasons (1978-1986), and handling just about every social issue facing the American family during the 80's. Unfortunately, the show's known now for all the cast-members problems following the series. In this particular intro, only 2 of the 6 cast-members are still alive, losing most recently Conrad Bain on January 14th, 2012. Anyway, enjoy that unmistakeable intro, Gary Coleman dressed up as Mini-Mr. T, and all the shenanigans of any typical 80's show intro.
Daily 80's Video #19: Wow! This may be the cheesiest 80's video of all time. Too bad, cuz this may be the most kick-ass song of the 80's. I originally was cruising youtube in search of a good video of "Only The Young" but was unsuccessful. No matter. This song/video would have been on this site at some point. This is an essential 80's video. It even reminds me of the Journey video game. Anybody out there remember that game? Loved it. Anyway, enjoy the straight-up 80's styles and haircuts, incredible air instrumentals, and most of all kick-ass-ness of Journey and Steve Perry's one of a kind voice.
Daily 80's Video: Never popular in America, The Housemartins were a great 80's band from England. Their music, powered by lead singer, Paul Heaton, almost always has a upbeat message and/or vibe. The Housemartins always had fun with their videos. Enjoy Paul Heaton's perfect falsetto, Drummer Hugh Whitaker's latest attempt to grab the video spotlight, and Norman Cook on piano AKA future Fatboy Slim.
Daily 80's Video #17: This video is pure 80's magic! It mixes three separate, yet essential 80's realms; movies, music, and of course WWF wrestling. Cyndi Lauper's Goonies R Good Enough is first of all one my favorite Cyndi Lauper songs. And like her Girls Just Wanna Have Fun video, it features Cyndi's Dad played by wrestler Captain Lou Albano and Cyndi's Mom played by, well, her Mom. The video has some great wrestlers from the time period like Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Iron Shiek, Nikoli Volkoff, and Classy Freddie Blassie. And then, toward the end, Cyndi is joined by the Goonies themselves! What a great movie! Enjoy the great song, Cyndi Lauper's over the top acting, beardless Stephen Spielberg cameo, and pure 80's sensory overload and nostalgia!
Daily 80's Video #16: XTC is one of those bands I only heard in passing during the 80's. America didn't give them much play. Now that I've had a chance to give them a good listen, some twenty years later, there is no doubt they were one of the best bands of the 80's. Enjoy the incredible catchy hook and Andy Partridge - the lead singer's animated expressions.
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