Yay! I’m so excited! I get to look at ’80s videos and listen to the music from my childhood. I love it! Ready? I am!
1. St. Elmo’s Fire: Man In Motion (Theme Song) By: John Parr (Who?)
OK. Who didn’t love the movie St. Elmo’s Fire? I wanted to be as cool as these kids (who weren’t kids to me when I was a kid–they were all growed up) and Rob Lowe was just sooooooooooo cute. What the? What’s with this guy John Parr’s hair? Is he supposed to be a part of the movie as he sings this or something? I mean, Rob Lowe was just so cute. Heck, he’s cute now still. Who cares about his little video tape scandal way back when? He’s cute. And in the movie he was one of those “Bad Boys”. “Bad Boys” were such a temptation for us “Good Girls”. Oh I love that scene where Demi is in the room alone rocking back and forth with all the windows open and the curtains blowing so dramatically and then he bursts on in to save her! So what ever happened to Judd Nelson? Or any of those other big ’80s actors for that matter? OH I get it. John Parr’s watching them while in the movie. He’s a stalker. OK. Now I’m really freaked out. He’s singing to the cast in the end. What’s happening? Oh and I remember the “Good Girl” got the “Bad Boy” in the end…sort of.
2. Physical By: Olivia Newton-John
OH boy. Those were the days. I’m pretty sure I had to put on my leotard and leg warmers and get physical–you know–do exercise. That is what I innocently thought this song was about way back when. Oh the untainted minds of youth. WHAT? It is about doing exercises or isn’t it? You decide. WHOA. That guy is like wearing nothing or something on that bicycle. There sure are a lot of muscley sweaty glistening guys OM without faces in this video. Help! Those shaking buttocks are scaring me! What was that? I think I’m tainted for life. I am so loving her head-sweat-band thingie. Why does she have a strange halo over her? OK. Now I’m really scared. What just happened? Now there are all these not-so-fit guys (or wait a minute–is that the same guy? Poor guy). I know I work out in gyms all the time that are shiny black squares everywhere and that’s it. Oh they’re not the same guy. Alrighty then. This video is truly insulting. Hmm. Love her color choices. Bright teal blue and bright pink. Nice. So yeah. I really did get physical and exercise with this song on when I was very young. Scary. OK. Now what is with the shower?????
3. Karma Chameleon By: Culture Club
Interesting. So we’ve traveled back in time with this one to Mississippi. And of course it was a normal everyday thing to see Boy George singing in his very colorful creative garb on a rock back then. Of course. And now everyone of all races and classes and outfits are his audience and joining in and having fun. Sure. It was a party back then in 1870 in Mississippi of all places. Yep. He has a pretty good point in this song if you really listen to the words (which I’ll admit I didn’t really do so until right now) but it gets lost in the craziness of the song and all the theatrics of him and the video. It’s kinda too bad. Hearing this song brings me back to the times of yore as a youngster trying to call my dog Jenny inside from her outside adventures and it was sometimes hard to pull her away from the excitement so I’d sing, “Come-a Come-a Come-a Come-a Come-a Come-Jenny-un…” to get her to come in. You know, she did come in sometimes to that. I think she was tired of hearing me sing the nonsense and wanted me to shush but I needed to do something to entertain myself while I did it. Loving the harmonica in this! Oh and now enter the Steamboat…of course. Hey I didn’t know he said, “Red Gold and Green” there in that part. Hmm. Who knew? You know this is all totally accurate for what happened back then. I bet it would’ve been fun to party with Boy George.
4. Pour Some Sugar On Me By: Def Leppard
An ’80s music video list is just not complete without some Def Leppard. I mean, come on! One of THE original Big Hair Bands of the ’80s. And this song is just classic and by far their best of course. Why? Well because we all want sugar poured on us. You know. And of course because Big Hair Bands are just so cool we only really seem to see them in videos behind the scenes, rehearsing and then performing in front of the audience. I’ll admit. I enjoy this song more now then I did when I was a young gal. It was just like, “Yeah. Pour some sugar on me. What’s the point?”. And now I still don’t know what the point is but hey, I’ll enjoy it anyway. Let’s all waves our hands in the air in the audience or wherever we are. The big line of the song is coming! Oh and it’s the one-armed drummer. Now he is pretty darn cool. How on earth did he do that? Ahhhh yes. The incredibly ripped jeans that were so IN and the white tank top he’s wearing. They sure did look like they were having fun. Oh and in case we didn’t know who they were he’s wearing a “Def Leppard” shirt. Oh yeah. I forgot.
5. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) By: Eurythmics
Up until about six months ago I always thought the title was “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These”–OH. I didn’t know it was “This” instead. Oops. Corey will tell you that he doesn’t know why I’m putting this song on my list at all because I clearly don’t like them because I didn’t like ONE yes ONE of Annie Lennox’s (lead singer) songs when she went on her own. I just can’t stand, “No More I Love Yous” or whatever the heck it is mainly because the radio stations played it into the ground and out the other side. I thought she could do better than that. BUT back to the matter at hand, I really like the Eurythmics and I LOVED her in the group. She is too cool with her mega short red hair. Who wouldn’t think she was cool? I just love how she looks robotically human in this. Ha! Look at the video equipment they’re using. Ancient. Could they at least have gotten someone who knows how to type if that’s what they’re gonna focus on? Awesome. Look at all their records. Nice. Yep. That’s a red dot. I always wanted to just sing and point whenever I heard their songs and especially this one. Now I know it’s because of that pointer she uses. Cool. The red dot becomes a video. Nice effect. Wait, where are they going? What the? Is that a cow? Yes because we all play cellos in the middle of nowhere with cows around. Random. Love it. She lays on the conference room table and a cow circles the room. Hilarious considering I’ve been in the business world now. As a kid I doubt I’d get it. Let’s all herd together! Is that guy really trying to type while a cow chews with her head right over his typing hands? Too much! Well at least she has pretty eyes–Annie Lennox I mean.