Posts Tagged With: Sting

It’s An ’80s Kinda Day Part 18

OK then.  Let’s get this party started!


1.  Don’t You (Forget About Me) (Movie: Breakfast Club)  By: Simple Minds

LOVE the Breakfast Club!  One of my favorite movies EVER!!!  And with an all star cast it helps even more.  And yes, this song is WAYYYY overplayed and still is now.  And enter random guy I’m guessing is the lead singer.  I have no idea what they look like.  And now he’s doing theatrical dancing.  OK then.  Nice outfit nice hair nice lighting with a huge shadow.  What’s with all the TVs showing random people?  Why do we care about them?  Oh and there’s the band in the back shadow.  Does he think he’s cool with his long arm swishes?  Nice plaid jacket.  WHAT THE?!  Why is there a rocking horse on screen and on set?  HELP!  Now there’s a random scary clown face!  I think I may wanna forget about you if you keep this up.  What is all of that stuff scattered at his feet?  Careful.  Don’t trip.  Whoa.  Just noticed his pants are pulled WAY up.  Too funny.  He may be the WORST LIP SYNCER EVER!  Look at him at the juke box not even keeping up with the “hey hey hey”…Oh phew.  NOW we see scenes from the Breakfast Club on the TV screen.  Was wondering if we’d ever see any of that.  And now I’m getting seasick.  Why is the room messier?  Keep on doing those weird claps.  Well now, that was a weird trip…


2. Looking For a New Love  By: Jody Watley

She was kinda cool way back when.  I remember this song really well.  As a young gal I liked her attitude.  She was telling HIM how it was.  So there.  OK.  Wet feet.  Guy checking watch.  Shot of her.  OH and then an old red phone.  Awesome.  Hmmm.  Where’s the audio?  Is there something wrong with my volume?  No.  There is something there.  Am I supposed to hear it?  Excuse me.  What is she doing with her hands down his back?  Shall I cover my eyes?  HEY there’s the music!  That was really awkward.  Cool spiral staircase.  I think this song was overplayed too.  I think when and if I ever danced to this song (probably in my bedroom behind closed doors and holding a brush as a mic) I tried to walk like she does to the beat.  That seemed cool.  I was rad.  Creepy big shadow hand reaching for her unspeakables.  Who made this?  Nice hair.  Oh OK.  Now she’s singing.  Was wondering…Awesome outfit.  Now that I watch this I’m not sure what I liked about her voice.  Those guys look like they feel silly.  You tell HIM honey.  That’s right.  Cool hat.  What is with these creepy shadow hands trying to grab her?!  Why are there random leaves flying at her?  It’s as if they were trying some new video effects and didn’t care if they fit the song or not.  Hee hee!  He’s tied up.  Get it?  Nice arrow pointing to her cleavage.  Those fireworks look dangerous!  OK.  What just happened?


3. Money For Nothing  By: Dire Straits

My specific memory of this growing up was listening to it on the radio in my parents’ car and it was New Year’s Eve and they were doing one of those BEST OF Countdowns and I think this was Number One.  Wish I could remember the year.  Anyway, I think we all liked the song and my Dad turned it up.  I don’t know why I thought it was so neat that we all liked the song.  Remember how revolutionary this song was with its computer graphics?  Still looks really great!  And yes, we ALL thought MTV was cool back then.  If only it still played music videos ONLY.  Cool.  Digital and analog mesh together!  Gee, did they see the future or what?  That was so long ago.  Awesome animated guitar played by a human hand.  All kinds of things are animated in a human world.  Nice!  You gotta admit, there is something so cool about a computer animated guy watching humans on TV.  Oh yeah.  I forgot all about that.  Is that Sting singing back up at times?  I just like his headband.  We do love our stuff.  Great point in this song.  Look at what’s become of us with all this technology?  I wouldn’t be able to do this Blog right now without it.  Goodness.  That lady is quite scantily clad.  I like the dog.


4. One Night In Bangkok  By: Murray Head

Ha!  I loved the beat of this song!  The ’80s were awesome!  I thought they were so cool.  Fun song.  Nice special effects with the checkerboard.  Aaaahhh!  Isn’t she gonna close her eye so that white square doesn’t go into it?  Love all of this smoke in this overly dramatic scene.  I have no idea what’s happening!  Oh sure.  Yep he’s singing.  Oh and look.  They’re playing chess on a checkerboard floor.  Get it?  She has quite a lot of make up on huh?  I feel disconnected in some way.  I think the whole video is.  Oh my goodness.  Is that the band?  Awesome.  I had no idea that’s what they looked like.  Neat shot looking up through the chessboard.  Funny how I really have no idea what the words are in this song.  Goodness.  Sooooo many stereotypes in this.  Insults galore!  And now we have a lit chessboard.  Nice!  Aren’t we all dancing on a chessboard?  Isn’t life just a game anyway?  How deep are we???  Those women aren’t wearing pants!


5. Smooth Operator  By: Sade

We all know this song don’t we?  How can we not?  It was played enough.  I’ll admit, I actually like Sade now more than I did way back when.  I like how soothing her voice can be.  When I was in college and working on television production shoots we’d sing, “Boom Operator” instead and now that’s all I sing instead of the actual words.  Oh the things that stick with you.  Lots of extras were hired for this video looks like.  And we’re in some sort of club.  I think I know where this is going…I bet that guy is a SMOOTH OPERATOR.  What?  Spoilers???  Oh and there she is.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without her hair pulled back like that.  Cool set.  Lots of red.  Whoa.  Her head’s shining at me.  I wonder if this is a real place.  Kinda looks like it.  Is she the only one wearing white?  Is that because she’s innocent or something?  I love how she sings, “Ask”.  Ha!  Look at that old film projector!  Love it.  Wait, what’s all this?  Ohhhh.  The SMOOTH OPERATOR was caught in the act…Uh oh.  There’s a gun.  What???  He has another woman?  Oh and look at Sade.  Her hair’s down a bit.  He’s wearing quite a short robe there.  So she hired a PI?  Is that what’s happening?  I’m confused.  Is Sade supposed to be upset there?  She doesn’t look it.  Oh and he’s married?  To who?  Which one?  Yep.  That’s an ice bucket.  Are those supposed to be tears going down her cheeks?  Perhaps she should just keep singing and not acting.


Did you have fun?  Got any ’80s memories to share?  Would love to see them!!!

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It’s An ’80s Kinda Day Part 15!

100TH BLOG POST!!!!!!

Yay!  Time for some ’80s celebrating!  So neat that I could write 100 Blogs.  Wowie Zowie!

So let’s party!


1. Gloria  By: Laura Brannigan

I loved this song as a young gal.  I just belted it out and I had no idea about what I was singing.  All I knew was that this woman named Gloria had a song about her.  OK loving the disco ball right away–oh and the star filter is on so we see sparkles too.  Nice.  So she’s in a studio all by herself and standing on her own circle.  Looks like we’re watching Star Search.  Remember that show?  Hope no one had a hard time with all the sparkley-strobe effects on this.  Otherwise, who designed this set?  The color is SO BORING.  Low budget for sure.  Swing those hips and wear that black sparkley shirt.  Wow she’s an awful lip syncer.  Awesome lightning bolt belt!  Wait are those spandex she’s wearing?  Just noticed that.  She looks like she’s about to fall asleep singing this.  Oh it’s so dramatic in slow motion.  At the end it looks like she has a question to ask her teacher.


2. Every Breath You Take  By: The Police

Who doesn’t like Sting?  He’s really great and talented.  Not sure what happened to the rest of this band when he went solo.  This song’s pretty haunting and as I get older it sounds creepier.  Seems like it might be another stalker song if you ask me.  However, I can’t help but like it.  Gotta love the black and white effect.  Hey that was kinda cool–that effect of the ash tray dissolving into the drum.  Nice.  Sting’s kinda cute here.  One thing I really like about this group is that they aren’t too flashy–VERY not ’80s really.  He kinda pooches his lips out when he sings doesn’t he?  Scary look when he looks at the camera with “I’ll be watchin’ you”…Cool lighting too.  This song has quite a music production doesn’t it?  Love the look of the piano against the window.  Ha!  Don’t think I ever noticed the window washer behind the band. Hmm…who’s hand is that?


3. Won’t Back Down  By: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

I’ll admit it.  I don’t know that I really cared that much about Tom Petty and his peeps way back when but I sure did know their music.  I like him more and more lately.  This is one of my favorites.  Gotta love the way he sings.  He is one unique guy isn’t he?  That’s neat.  He’s bent over a box and he opens the lid and the music video shows in the box basically.  And of course he and his band are performing in a black studio with a bright light with a soft effect.  Ha ha!  I’m loving watching the guy dancing in the back right corner in what I think is a light blue suit.  Awesome.  Oh look at that.  It’s Ringo on drums!  And I just checked my facts on the internet (it KNOWS ALL) and yes, that’s George Harrison too.  So should this be more like Tom Petty and The Beatles???  Oh my goodness.  I’m cracking up now because I’m realizing that the guy I pointed out dancing in the background is George Harrison.  That is so funny!  Whoa.  Didn’t know we’d be taking a Disney ride with the footage playing in the background like that.  Weird angles.  OH look Ringo is pushing a big globe.  Ha!  He’s having a lot of fun with that globe isn’t he?


4. Call Me  By: Blondie

A good ole ’80s classic for ya.  How could I not have an ’80s list without Blondie.  She was pretty cool.  I think what I learned growing up was to call her.  Hey she’s holding a newspaper on the street.  Newspapers are SO ’80s…  Look at her!  She’s having fun on the beach!  She’s quite pretty.  Whoa.  Now she’s stripping–OH, that’s just her bathing suit.  Phew!  OK just realized this.  When I was a little gal I thought she was sooooooo much older and now I see her in this video and she looks sooooooo much younger than me.  ACK!  Wow she has great hair that flies all over the place when she jumps.  Is it me or are these shots of her on the stage just weird and kinda awkward because she keeps looking down or has sunglasses on or something?  Can’t place it.  Oh that’s what she says there?  Thanks for random the text on the screen to clear that up, “Loves Alibi”.  Oh and then “Chamami”.  Thanks clearing that up too.  And there’s 2 more times of this.  OK then.


5. Maneater  By: Hall and Oates

Good ole Hall and Oates.  Or Hall and barely Oates?  Or something like that?  I can remember really not understanding the idea of “Maneater” when I was little.  I mean, she’s a monster who eats a man?  She’s eating man?  What’s all this about?  I did like the beat though and it was a good song to bebop to.  Everybody start snapping your fingers.  You know you wanna.  Took awhile to get to anything worth watching didn’t it?  Oh OK.  Here’s the band.  Strobe lights in a dark studio.  Of course!  Yep.  That’s a saxophone.  Whoa.  Did the song just get lots louder there when he started singing?!  Nice hair.  Another bad lip syncer.  He can’t really dance can he?  Yep there’s Oates.  So the woman’s feet are a black panther’s?  Is that the point here?  I’m confused.  Oh there’s the woman’s face–barely.  Scary eyes!  I love black panthers.  They are so pretty.  Hall is sportin’ some nice shoulder pads there.  You know fellow women, there are worse animals to be compared to than black panthers don’tcha think?  Seems like a compliment to me!

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