Daily 80's Video #43: Here they are. The revolutionary rock band of the 80's, the first of the 1-2 punch to knock hair bands out forever. Or at least for the 80s-90s. When Guns N Roses, Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven crashed onto the scene they broke the mold for all the hair metal bands. Guns N Roses seemed real, gritty, harsh, dangerous. They instantly made all the hair bands, with all their fluffy styled hair, costumes, and theatrics look passe, even lame. The second of the 1-2 punch, by the way, were the bands from Seattle, of course. Here's the song that started it all, "Sweet Child O' Mine". Enjoy the grainy film, the scary appearance of these guys (considering the decadence of the 80's and the party they were crashing), Axl's grooving, Izzy's completely "don't give a damn" attitude, and the scariest, most mysterious one of all Slash. RIP Steven Adler.
Daily 80's Video #42: Wow, never actually seen this video. "Planet Earth" was one of Duran Duran's earliest hits, making the video's release date around 1980-81. This has always been one of my favorite Duran Duran songs, with Simon Lebon's voice, Nick Rhodes synth play, and another one of John Taylor's driving bass lines. Enjoy the band's attempt at a futuristic-new-age motif, Simon Lebon's Belinda Carlisle-esque dancing, the somewhat strange earth facts spliced within the video, Andy Taylor's bleach blond moppish haircut, and Roger Taylor's drumming.
Daily 80's Video #41: After D80sV #40 Huey Lewis and the News - I Want A New Drug, I couldn't help but find myself missing the quacking noises from Weird Al's "Duck" version. So here it is. Man, I miss these times. The lyrics are so cute and hilarious and yeah heartfelt, cuz gosh-darnit, I want a new duck too.
Daily 80's Video: Huey Lewis & The News have got to be one of the funnest artists from the 80's. Their videos were always full of 80's action and 80's cliches, which are perfect for reminiscing about the 80's. Enjoy Huey Lewis' red pants - a la Howard Wolowitz style, the classic video storyline of "getting to the show", and the other 80's video device of incorporating all the bandmembers into various roles along Lewis' trek. Get song on Amazon. Get song on iTunes. Get album on Amazon. Get album on iTunes. Or get any song anywhere by trying Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial or iTunes For 90-Day Free Trial.
Daily 80's Video #39: Here's a fun performance of Culture Club's Karma Chameleon, where they've changed the melody slightly. It's interesting to hear how artists and their creation evolve in live performances. This recording is from 1983, during Culture Club's heyday. Enjoy Boy George's flamboyance, as well as his undeniable talent as a singer.
Daily 80's Video #38: Cameo, featuring lead singer Larry Blackmon, with his signature high-top afro and magical bright red codpiece have got to be one of the kookier acts from the 80's. "Word-Up" was a mega hit, with it's extremely complicated and profound message of the sacred word "word". Enjoy Larry Blackmon's fun, goofy style, Reading Rainbow's chief detective Levar Burton, and the funky funky funkiness of Cameo.
Daily 80's Video #37: In light of Superbowl Sunday, I think it's a perfect occasion to revisit the 80's "Superbowl Shuffle", possibly the cheesiest video from the whole entire decade! I have to admit though, I just watched the whole thing and I have to say it's catchy and it's actually a little fun and impressive. Plus it's great seeing all those great players from back then, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, Mike Singletary, and of course, Refrigerator Perry. Enjoy the infinite cheese and terrifically awful dancing, especially the white guys-ugh. RIP Walter Payton. I hope when Walter Payton got to heaven he explained to God, "I'm not here to start any trouble, I'm just here to do the Superbowl Shuffle."
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- D80sV #43: Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
- D80sV #42: Duran Duran - Planet Earth
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- D80sV #38: Cameo - Word Up
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