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It’s An ’80s Kinda Day Part 20!


Jumping right in!

1. Super Freak  By: Rick James

Hee hee!  Who doesn’t love Rick James?!  Crazy guy.  And noooo, this is not the OTHER guy from the ’90s who stole his music and wore ridiculous pants.  This is the original music guy.  SHE’S SUPER FREAK-AY YEOW!  Love the sparkly wig in the first shot.  Gotta be crazy right away.  Hey, stop making eyes at me Rick James.  What the heck?  Now we’re in a white studio.  Cheap budget I guess.  And we have crazy dancing women.  I’m sensing a crazy theme here.  Whoa!  That woman has long hair!  Nice sparkly shirt he’s wearing that’s wide open.  He is too much!  I wonder how much of the glitter from his wig got in his eyes.  I don’t think I’d take him home to my motha either.  Wait, is that a body suit he’s wearing?  And boots???  Scary!  LOVE the door in the middle of nowhere.  Is that a portal or something?  Yeah okay he’s playing that guitar.  Of course he is.  Will someone wipe off his face already???  That mustache doesn’t fit his style AT ALL.  Someone shave it off please.  I wanna be an Extra in his video who just dances around.  Looks like fun.  Ha!  I love that part: “Temptations Sing!” and then we see them for a few seconds.

2. Vacation  By: The Go-Go’s

I’m thinkin’ Belinda Carlisle should’ve stayed in the Go-Go’s.  Definitely fits her more than when she went solo but that’s just me.  She’s such a youngun in this.  And an awful lip syncer.  This one’s a true ’80s classic.  Who doesn’t know this song?  Vacation is all I really want right now too!  What a coincidence!  Nice cab and hair.  I wanna just sing in a terminal of some sort that’s actually an obvious studio, with some other gals.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to break out into song in an airport?  Awesome yo-yo.  They all have some pretty rad hair in this.  How long do you think it took that gal to get the bubble gum bubble right in the shot???  Ha!  Those popcorn boxes still exist now!  Guess those may never change.  That’s it.  I’m gonna make a band and we’re all gonna meet in a travel terminal and start jammin’.  I think I’m missing out on all the fun.  And of course we’ve “clearly” time traveled in this video too.  And look at them water ski so perfectly…and what an awful shot of them in the studio fakely water skiing up close.  AWKWARD!  What’s with the random sailboat on one of the travel trunks?  What does the guy with the broom have to do with ANYTHING at the end????

3. Always Something There  By: Naked Eyes

OK.  Who DOESN’T know this song???  Another ’80s classic for sure.  This song is STILL played into the ground.  I think I’ve bebopped to this forever at this point.  It’s a part of my being even when I don’t want it to be.  And I’ve always thought the beginning music was a mess.  I think they were trying to be cool but it doesn’t work.  Huh.  I sorta get it now.  That’s wedding bells in the beginning.  Interesting.  Didn’t pick up on that till the video.  See what I’ve missed?  Wait, is the groom Scott Baio????  Oh and I’m seeing a love triangle of sorts here.  Trouble.  Uh oh.  I see a stalker again.  The ’80s and their stalkers.  The singer’s kinda weird looking.  Not what I pictured at all.  That woman doesn’t look that great to pine over.  What’s with the storming off?  Gotta love the gritty film look.  What the???  He goes into a restaurant where the happy couple is dancing and sits down right next to them and starts singing.  And she’s totally flaunting it all.  So weird!  Wow she hates the paparazzi huh?  Scott Baio sure is on the phone a lot in this.  Phone phone phone.  I hate to tell the singer, but she’s got too much drama.  He can do better.  Oh and look at that.  The 2 guys work together.  And…he was probably NEVER with her in the first place.

4. Back On the Chain Gang  By: The Pretenders

Fun group.  Can’t help but get caught up in the song.  Hey what’s that in the beginning?  Is that a VHS tape?  Ancient.  Fun!  I wanna jump up into the air and have the sky surrounding me.  She has cool hair.  Yep.  Lots of people walking by on the streets in the city while she sings at the water with the wind blowing in her hair.  So I THINK the guy she’s singing about is the first business guy we saw in the beginning who’s blonde because he keeps showing up.  Not really clear.  And let’s all sing, “Hoo Haw” over and over again in the background.  She looks like she’s trying to be Joan Jett.  Hurry!  Run up those stairs!  She’s following that guy…hmm…great social statement here.  Who’s doing what work here????  It’s all in the images.  Anyone getting the idea that it’s cold where they’re shooting this?  She looks kinda chilly.  Kind of a boring video image-wise.  Don’tcha think?  Not a lot to look at.  Look at those herds of people walking back into the rat race.

5. Sunglasses At Night  By: Corey Hart

I think we’re all pretty clear right from the beginning of the song that he wears his sunglasses at night.  My husband, Corey, jokes about how his mother must’ve named him after Corey Hart because his 2 other sisters have ’80s singers names too.  And then ha ha.  Not really…I think.  Someone needs to straighten up this guy’s room.  And whoa.  Getting motion sickness as we zoom in on him right away.  Reaching for the sunglasses of course…Was he supposed to be cute?  What’s with the hair and poochy lips?  I swear he’s pooching them extra.  Aaahh.  He’s looking at me with those poochies!  I’m cracking up over here.  Nice shoulder pads.  Yep.  They’re all wearing sunglasses–those shady uniformed peeps.  Ha!  Phone booth.  And why is he belting the song into the phone?  Gotta love how every time he’s wearing his shades there are equal reflections in each lens.  He looks like he’s limping.  I hope he’s OK.  Poor guy.  Yes.  We’re all shady, undercover, hiding individuals.  EVEN that mysterious woman.  Cool lighting through the grates as he runs up those dark stairs.  Scary police state might I add.  Extra scary cuz it’s so ’80s.  What is with his weird writhing in the bed?  Such a strange angle of the shot too.  Looks like she finally fell for those poochy lips of his afterall.

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It’s An ’80s Kinda Day Part 16

Hi all.  I don’t know about you but I need to have some fun.  Jumping right in!


1. The Promise  By: When In Rome

And again we ask, WHO?  This is probably one of my favorite ’80s songs of all time.  I love the rhythm, the beat and the overall sound of it.  I can’t help it.  Don’t remember what I really thought of it when I was younger except that I must’ve liked it because I know most of the lyrics.  Oh and of course we start with a shot on a woman.  Gee how many ’80s videos start with a shot on a mysterious woman?  Don’t think I ever heard the beginning of the song before.  Interesting.  So there’s a piano in her belly?  Confused.  OK is it just me or did that hair flick look like a woman’s hair and then throw you off when you saw it was a guy????  Yessss.  We all know now you have long hair.  Geez.  Odd.  Her hair is very much like his.  I don’t think that camera/picture has stopped moving once.  Getting a bit motion sick.  And then we see random bald guy who sings as back up…just barely.  You know.  They’re just hangin’ out in a white room singin’ songs.  Fancy lighting through the window.  Yes.  The pouty woman he pines after or THEY pine after.  Can’t tell.  It’s so funny seeing how high up their pants are.  Oh and then there’s another guy who never looks at the camera who appears to play piano.  Alrighty then.  OK so the bald guy is not random really and also has a lead in the song.  I don’t know that I knew there were 2 lead voices in this song.  And let’s not forget the doggie.  What the heck?!  Is that a very noticeable hole in his jeans in an unspeakable area?  Get some new jeans!


2. Owner of a Lonely Heart  By: Yes

Another song I vaguely remember from my youth except that I know most of the lyrics and remember thinking that if I had a crush on a boy and that boy didn’t return my crush then I was THE owner of a lonely heart.  Me and my depth.  And we start on the band.  Don’t think I realized they looked like that.  Don’t know what I was expecting…Yep they think they’re cool for sure.  And the guy sings and looks completely AWKWARD and not nearly as cool as the rest.  Hello orange sweaty face.  Someone dry him off!  And another bad lip syncer…He could at least look like he’s singing and not keep swinging away from the microphone.  Why do they all look bored?  WHAT THE?!  This is new.  There’s talking in the middle?  This oughta be good.  A bird, a snake, a lizard, a cat—ARE THEY SHAPESHIFTERS?  What does this have to do with the SONG?  AND THEN they go back to the song and START OVER?  I guess they wanted to be epic, to be different.  And now a fake black and white movie.  I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON.  Anyone else?  There sure are lots of people being herded around looking unhappy.  Guess I’m getting the idea.  But then what on earth was the beginning?  Ew.  There are all these shots of yucky things–that is EXCEPT the poor black cat who keeps getting thrown on him.  Poor kitty.  And now we’re not in black and white.  So weird.  OK NOW THAT WAS A TRIP.  I’m troubled.


3. Heaven Is a Place On Earth  By: Belinda Carlisle

Ah yes.  A former member of the Go-Go’s is on her own.  How’d she do?  Pretty well if I recall.  She was okay.  Watching her now she sure was pretty sure of herself and woowee did she overdo it or what?  Look at those pretty light globe thingies.  Such a sugary voice.  Who else is troubled that they’re singing about heaven and yet everything else is black and they’re wearing black masks?  Does it feel like heaven to you?  Oh excuse me.  AND they have white socks.  Weird.  Goodness.  She looks like she’s trying be so sexy.  And that clothing is quite low cut.  Sappy sappy sappy.  Anyone wanna bet how often she was blinded by that stream of light in her eyes?  Whoa.  Now they’re spinning.  Apparently we’re on an amusement park ride.  She likes to show her shoulders.  I sure hope no one gets ahold of our earth and swings it around while they’re exercising.  We’ll all fall off!  Oh yeah and I keep forgetting to mention that random guy who is swinging around with her.  YES he is kissing her neck and she is way too happy about it.  And look at that.  She has hair wings!  Wow that brings me wayyyyy back.


4. Broken Wings  By: Mr. Mister

Wasn’t this song played on Silver Spoons or something?  I tell ya.  This guy cared.  Who doesn’t know this song?  I wonder how many times it’s been played on the radio.    One of THE ’80s classics.  And we’re in black and white in a cool car.  I can tell this is gonna be really deep.  OF COURSE we see a bird flying.  Get it?  Wings?  Bird?  Just singin’ and strummin’ his guitar by the window with a weird long blazer and cowboy boots.  You know.  The norm.  And now the band with the keyboard player wearing an awesome outfit with his sleeves rolled up.  Always so ’80s cool.  He needs ME so?  He looks so intensely at the camera.  Creepy.  So reflective.  Looks like quite a road trip he’s taking.  Hey that other guy in his band has cool hair!  Kinda funky.  And he finds a lone purse just hangin’ out…as THE BIRD leads the way.  Get it?  And yes I’ll admit that I wanted a boy to sing this to me at a dance or something.  Yes, I wanted boys to sing a whole concert to me at some point in my youth.  Do I now?  That’s negotiable.  Might freak me out more than anything.  Throw that map!  See if anyone cares!  He looks like he needs a hug.  A big bird in a church.  OK.  He has really white teeth.  Long song.


5. Like a Virgin  By: Madonna

LOVED Madonna as a young gal.  She was my idol.  I knew all of her songs by heart.  And…I had no idea what this song was really about AT ALL.  Oh the innocence of childhood.  Hmm.  Do we think she was a virgin in this video?  Look at that big hair!  And those clothes.  All the females wanted to be just like her.  Is she really in Italy in this video?  I don’t even know.  And we see cat paws.  Nice neon green shirt!  Such a pretty lion.  Nice heavy eye liner.  And she wears white because she’s so pure.  This is a crazy catchy song.  Look at all those ruffles and frills on her dress.  Surprised we can see her.  Always so dramatic even from the beginning.  Quite the production even on this video.  She has good balance in the water.  I would’ve fallen over by now.  Nice blue spandex.  Hope all that jewelry isn’t weighing her down too much.  Ha ha!  So funny to have a shot of the lion’s tongue moving back and forth 3 times to the exact beat of the song.  Never noticed that before.  I wonder if that pretty nice kitty walked that close to her for real or not.  Hard to tell.  THAT IS AN AWFUL LION MASK!!!  Hilarious!

Well now.  That was quite a trip down ’80s lane.  ‘Til next time!

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