The fact that I love these four music videos most, out of all the classic Eighties videos I grew up with, probably speaks to the profound influence my first independent reading experience had on me. When the first book you ever read by yourself is Grimms’ Fairy Tales, at the tender age of three, you’re going to grow up knowing life isn’t all flowers, bunnies, rainbows, and kittens.

I’ve long had a taste for the dark and macabre. Even though I don’t write in genres typically associated with such things, I’ve always tended to gravitate towards deeper, darker situations and themes instead of presenting a sugarcoated view of growing up, relationships, and past eras.

As a kid, I loved this video for the claymation animations, and thought the opening and closing segments spoofing the Reagans were hilarious. As an adult, I love it even more because of the statement about the state of the world and how close we really were to nuclear war in those days. And I hate Ronald Reagan, so the spoofing earns even more points from my adult self.

The end of this video used to scare the daylights out of me when I was a kid, but I loved the animations. As an adult, I additionally love how the lyrics are full of between the lines dirty double entendres. I love dirty jokes and have a very dirty mind, which is a terrible thing to waste.

How could anyone want to watch the lame, MTV-approved version of this classic after seeing the uncensored original in all its smutty glory? This is such a feast for the eyes! And unlike today’s excuses of music videos, this is tastefully, artistically smutty. Times have changed so much.

This is a video after my own macabre heart! It’s not my favorite song of theirs (I think that’s a toss-up between “The Seventh Stranger” and “My Antarctica”), but it’s definitely my favorite of their videos. The irony is that I thought it was too weird even for me when I first saw it. Oh well, I also hated “Sounds of Silence” when I first heard it, because I thought, at 13 years old, that it was too slow and boring. Now I actually prefer the original acoustic version on Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., which is even slower!

2 thoughts on “My favorite music videos

  1. Great selections! I loved all of those videos. The other that always comes to mind when I think of great videos from the 80’s is Jefferson Starship ‘We Built this City’…too cheesy for words but such fun!


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