Segments in this Video

Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (03:10)


The emergence of the music video defined the 1980s. "Bohemian Rhapsody" inspired a generation of video producers and musicians.

The Boomtown Rats: "I Don't Like Mondays" (02:53)

A school shooting and a scene from "Village of the Damned" inspired "I Don't Like Mondays." The girl who opened fire wrote Bob Geldof to thank him for making her famous.

David Bowie: "Ashes to Ashes" (02:59)

England had never seen music videos like "I Don't Like Monday" and "Ashes to Ashes" before. David Mallet and David Bowie collaborated on the music video. Changing the sky to black proved difficult because post-production did not exist.

The Buggles: "Video Killed the Radio Star" (02:25)

The Buggles created the video for fun but it became an overnight success after MTV aired it. Technology moved so quickly during the 1980s inspired the lyrics of the song.

Ultravox: "Vienna" (02:35)

Russell Mulcahy wanted to examine film noir mystery. It was the first video that the band did not play musical instruments on camera. Mulcahy filmed a tarantula across Julian Temple's face.

Duran Duran: "Girls on Film" (02:55)

Kevin Godley and Lol Creme created controversy due to nudity and graphic storylines. Censorship and banning occurred across the globe.

Duran Duran: "Rio" (03:16)

The studio sent a film crew to Antigua where the band was on vacation after touring the United States. Mulcahy worried he did not have enough footage to complete the music video and borrowed a German tourist's camera. There was a visual freedom during the 1980s that does not exist today.

Elton John: "I'm Still Standing" (02:02)

Mulcahy did not know how the music video actually got made because the crew was so disorganized. The concept was created on the spot after the director accidentally fell into the sea holding the camera.

Queen: "I Want to Break Free" (02:56)

The members of Queen appeared in a suburban house dressed as women. Mercury shaved his mustache for the spotted leotard ballet portion. MTV banned the music video.

Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean" (03:13)

Michael Jackson wanted a magical video. Steve Barron wrote a treatment based on the Midas Touch. MTV initially refused to show it because Jackson was black.

Herbie Hancock: "Rockit" (02:44)

Jim Whiting's pneumatic robots inspired Godley and Creme to create the virtual house. Hancock appreciated that the directors were both musicians themselves. After a week, MTV called the producers to negotiate putting the video on heavy rotation.

Godley and Creme: "Cry" (02:02)

Godley and Creme did not want to appear in the music video. Soft wipe created the face melding.

Mick Jagger and David Bowie: "Dancing in the Street" (04:09)

The video was delivered after a 24-hour recording session so that it could premiere at the "Live Aid" broadcast. Filming completed at five in the morning. Mulcahy adapted a film project into Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" music video.

The Cure: "Close to Me" (02:17)

The majority of the music video was shot within a wardrobe. Director Tim Pope recalls that the group had eaten Indian food for lunch and his memories are associated with an odor. The Cure remixed the song for the video.

A-Ha: "Take on Me" (02:42)

The band initially shot a low budget video, but TV and radio stations did not play it. All of the drawing needed to be created by hand.

George Michael: "Faith" (02:37)

Andy Morahan directed the music video and enjoyed the collaboration. George Michael was not an instrument-based musician.

Bon Jovi: "Living on a Prayer" (05:04)

Jon Bon Jovi did not want Wayne Isham to direct the music video, but Doc McGhee insisted. The film crew mocked up a show at "Boxing on the Olympic." The editor put in a shot of the director running through the fireworks. (Credits)

Credits: Music Videos that Shaped the 80's (00:13)

Credits: Music Videos that Shaped the 80's

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Nothing shaped the 80’s more that the music videos. We explore the top videos that shaped the music video industry today from the view of the directors and the artists themselves

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL168274

ISBN: 978-1-64481-378-2

Copyright date: ©2010

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