Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958
Ken's 80s MTV Youtube Video Thread
Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 99

Thread: Ken's 80s MTV Youtube Video Thread

  1. #1
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Talking Ken's 80s MTV Youtube Video Thread

    I was a child and a teen of the 1980s, meaning that I remember the early days of MTV when music videos were a new thing (and MTV actually spent most of its airtime playing actual music videos rather than stupid reality shows). It was a classic era for music video, with memorable videos from superstars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Duran Duran, Bruce Springsteen, and many others (especially New Wave groups).

    Thanks to the magic of Youtube, many of these long lost videos of the past are once again available for public viewing. In this thread, I'm going to be introducing you younger members to the videos I grew up with in the 1980s. For those closer to my own age group, it's a nice trip down Memory Lane.

    First video tonight is one of the first videos I ever watched on FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS back in 1984 (my parents didn't get cable until a year later, so no MTV for me until 1985 when I was in 7th Grade). The song (and video) is "They Don't Know" by Tracey Ullman, a British pop star of the 1980s who later went on to greater fame as an actress and comedienne. This was one of Tracey's big hits back in the spring of 1984, featuring a cameo at the end of the video by a true rock legend. It's cheesey compared to the videos of today, but still lots of fun. Enjoy!




    Tracey Ullman, "They Don't Know," 1984

  2. #2
    Moderator Suet Seung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    14,053

    Default

    I was going to make a similar thread about TVB and HK singers, actors, and other cool and interesting video clips. from the past two decades. Darn it, can't claim originality of idea now.
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

    Self reminder - Update blog more often and continue editing/writing for TOV fanfic.

  3. #3
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    VJ Ken here again...

    1980s music videos tended to tell stories. Each music video was like a short, four or five minute movie with a beginning, middle, and end. Quite a few were humorous. Some were plain weird. Others were romantic.

    One of the more memorable love songs of the 1980s was "Time After Time"
    by Cyndi Lauper. Having first hit the airwaves with upbeat dance songs such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," Cyndi surprised everyone with this tender love ballad, which went on to become a 1980s classic still played widely on adult contemporary radio today. This song was a hit in the spring of 1984 and saw considerable MTV airplay.



    Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time," 1984

  4. #4
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Suet Seung View Post
    I was going to make a similar thread about TVB and HK singers, actors, and other cool and interesting video clips. from the past two decades. Darn it, can't claim originality of idea now.
    Got to move fast to keep up with VJ Ken.

    Yes, I've got another hat to wear now: Ken Cheng - English teacher, wuxia enthusiast, fanfic writer, and now classic rock VJ.

  5. #5
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    The early 1980s was dominated by a form of rock music known as "New Wave," which was a more radio-friendly reinterpretation of the punk rock that emerged in the U. S. and Britain during the late 1970s. Punk rock was too hardcore for the tastes of most pop fans, but New Wave took its most interesting quirks and removed most of its menace to create a new kind of pop. Early New Wave bands included Blondie, Devo, and one of my favorites, the Romantics.

    Formed in Detroit in the late 1970s, the Romantics had their first hit with the single "What I Like About You" in 1980. Their biggest hit, however, was "Talking In Your Sleep," which reached the # 3 position on the U.S. Billboard charts in the spring of 1983 and spawned one of early MTV's sexiest music videos.



    The Romantics, "Talking In Your Sleep," 1983

  6. #6
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Suet Seung View Post
    I was going to make a similar thread about TVB and HK singers, actors, and other cool and interesting video clips. from the past two decades. Darn it, can't claim originality of idea now.
    You can still do the Hong Kong hits while I handle the Western hits.

    You'll be HK VJ; I'll be U.S./U.K. VJ.

  7. #7
    Moderator Suet Seung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    14,053

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    You can still do the Hong Kong hits while I handle the Western hits.

    You'll be HK VJ; I'll be U.S./U.K. VJ.
    Well, I'm not exactly a pro like you are since most of them I'm still discovering, as I go. Unlike you, I wasn't a teenager during the 80s. So feel free to prompt me of the famous singers of HK during the 80s, if I forget to list any. Give me a couple of minutes to round them up.
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

    Self reminder - Update blog more often and continue editing/writing for TOV fanfic.

  8. #8
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Suet Seung View Post
    Well, I'm not exactly a pro like you are since most of them I'm still discovering, as I go. Unlike you, I wasn't a teenager during the 80s. So feel free to prompt me of the famous singers of HK during the 80s, if I forget to list any. Give me a couple of minutes to round them up.
    OK. See if you can find us anything by Michelle Pau Tsui Mei, best known for having sung the theme song for TVB's THE FOUNDATION in 1983.

  9. #9
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Many 1980s videos were weird and just plain fun, and few were weirder or more fun than Men At Work's 1982 hit "Down Under," which both played tribute to and lampooned the band's Australian homeland to hilarious effect.



    Men At Work, "Down Under," 1982

  10. #10
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    As music video was still in its infancy during the 1980s, the cinematographers often needed to experiment with creative ways of presenting the music. This video, for the Alan Parsons Project's 1984 hit "Don't Answer Me," made innovative use of animation for a music video...very uncommon at the time.



    The Alan Parsons Project, "Don't Answer Me," 1984

  11. #11
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Rap music, now so ubiquitous on pop radio and in people's iPods, first became popular in the U.S. during the early 1980s. Possibly the first rap song that was widely heard by many people was "Rapture," by Blondie. Although rap music was invented by and associated primarily with African-American musicians, the first performer to have a major hit with a rap recording was, ironically, a white New Wave group!

    Personally, I think Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry's visual appeal had something to do with it.



    Blondie, "Rapture," 1981

  12. #12
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    All right...that's enough classic music video for one night.

    I'll be updating this thread with more classic videos periodically. Stay tuned for more.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Canuck21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Montreal, QC
    Posts
    2,431

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    VJ Ken here again...

    1980s music videos tended to tell stories. Each music video was like a short, four or five minute movie with a beginning, middle, and end. Quite a few were humorous. Some were plain weird. Others were romantic.

    One of the more memorable love songs of the 1980s was "Time After Time"
    by Cyndi Lauper. Having first hit the airwaves with upbeat dance songs such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," Cyndi surprised everyone with this tender love ballad, which went on to become a 1980s classic still played widely on adult contemporary radio today. This song was a hit in the spring of 1984 and saw considerable MTV airplay.
    Ah Cyndi Lauper, I still love her. I only ever owned one LP and it was "She's So Unusual".
    My obsessions: Joy Division, New Order, Bones, The Office.

    Do bears bear? Do bees bee?

  14. #14
    Senior Member Canuck21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Montreal, QC
    Posts
    2,431

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    First video tonight is one of the first videos I ever watched on FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS back in 1984 (my parents didn't get cable until a year later, so no MTV for me until 1985 when I was in 7th Grade). The song (and video) is "They Don't Know" by Tracey Ullman, a British pop star of the 1980s who later went on to greater fame as an actress and comedienne. This was one of Tracey's big hits back in the spring of 1984, featuring a cameo at the end of the video by a true rock legend. It's cheesey compared to the videos of today, but still lots of fun. Enjoy!
    I had no idea that Tracy Ullman was a singer before she was an actress.
    My obsessions: Joy Division, New Order, Bones, The Office.

    Do bears bear? Do bees bee?

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    1,945

    Default

    One song that I listened to quite a bit when I was little is Tracy Chapman's Fast Car, 1988. Easily listening song, yet so powerful. You can feel her pain from the song.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=cbnpdik78Uo

    Another song is Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer, 1987. This song subconsciously makes you crank the volume up, pump your fist up the air, and sing along. This version is special. It was recorded at Live8 concert. What happened to 1-minute solo guitar?

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=29k6EQ-SLzk


    I love Youtube!

  16. #16
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck21 View Post
    I had no idea that Tracy Ullman was a singer before she was an actress.
    Oh, yes. Many people remember first seeing her debuting THE SIMPSONS on her comedy show back in the late 1980s, but several years before that, she'd been a pop singer in Britain. She had a few good hits, but soon gave up pop music for comedy.

  17. #17
    Moderator Ken Cheng's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    22,613

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck21 View Post
    Ah Cyndi Lauper, I still love her. I only ever owned one LP and it was "She's So Unusual".
    That was her best album: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time," and "She-Bop" were all on that album.

  18. #18
    Senior Member Canuck21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Montreal, QC
    Posts
    2,431

    Default

    Ok, as an '80s person, I have to contribute to this thread.

    When I was in high school, I was a huge fan of Rick Astley. I thought that he was the cutest thing in the world and of course I also loved his pop songs. When people first heard him, they thought that he was black because of his deep voice. To this day, I still have my Rick Astley scrapbook .

    Never Gonna Give You Up - Some people might know this song if they've been Rick Roll'd
    Together Forever - His most catchy song
    She Wants To Dance With Me - Say what you want about the guy, but one thing you can't dispute is that he's a good singer and that he has a nice voice
    Hold Me In Your Arms - His best song IMO
    My obsessions: Joy Division, New Order, Bones, The Office.

    Do bears bear? Do bees bee?

  19. #19
    Moderator Suet Seung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    14,053

    Default

    Oh, I know the Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up song. But I never knew it was him that sung it.

    Anyone who've seen Top Gun with Tom Cruise will know this song by Berlin. Berlin's song "Take My Breath Away" (1986) which won the 1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Original Song too.


    http://youtube.com/watch?v=aHIxhLzeFg4

    One of my favorites of the 80s is Soft Cell's "Tainted Love", can never get tired of that song.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=IOIW190_Zhs

    I was thinking of Three Dog Night's "One" song but it's from the 60s! Darn!
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

    Self reminder - Update blog more often and continue editing/writing for TOV fanfic.

  20. #20
    Moderator Suet Seung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    14,053

    Default

    Well, You can't have the 80s without the Diva of the 80s herself, Madonna.

    Posting some of my long time favorites.

    Take A Bow
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=T1asAYQT4mA

    Cherish
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=U5gJxkTB124

    Secret (Yeah, this is my attempt to sneak in a 1994 song, I just like it so much.)
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=lOqYI-xjv6Q
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

    Self reminder - Update blog more often and continue editing/writing for TOV fanfic.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 63
    Last Post: 05-02-09, 10:20 AM
  2. Youtube Problem??
    By libby96 in forum Tech Squad
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-13-08, 03:42 PM
  3. MTV Movie Awards Get Dirty
    By kidd in forum Entertainment News
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 08-12-07, 06:06 PM
  4. Recommend an MTV
    By MrIllusion in forum Music
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 06-05-07, 03:16 AM
  5. MTV Australia Music Awards
    By bebe_girl in forum Entertainment News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-18-05, 12:40 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •