I promise, this blog isn’t all self-promotion. Just wanted to toss it out there that Fade To Grey is back on Saturday and Daily Duranie has partnered with Punk Masters, yes, that Punk Masters for this weekend’s show. What does that mean? Well, it means that the amazing Patty Palazzo is giving away one of her custom shirts as seen on every member of Duran Duran.
Here’s the inside scoop for the Daily Duranie readers. I’ll be giving away the shirt during the 9pm EST show later in the day because the shirt can only be shipped to a US address. The current situation with the virus has disrupted international shipping too much. It will be trivia and it will be Duran Duran themed. Hope you can make it. Sirius/XM DJ and Mad World author Lori Majewski was in the chat last Fade To Grey so come hang with Daily Duranie’s intern DJ Velvet Rebel.
But, it’s Wacky Wednesday which means I owe you a blog. So, last night I put on 60 minutes of videos from May of 1983. I like to go back and watch videos to discover stuff I missed (sometimes) or forgotten (often) when I was a young, wide-eyed kid. It helps fuel my growth as a music writer and gives me new ideas as a DJ. And it keeps me occupied so the wife can relax. Haha!
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights. And if you want to watch along, here is the link.
- Mick Jagger and Bette Midler duet on “Beast of Burden”. This definitely falls in the things I sort of remember but forgot for a reason category of these exercises.
- The theme, the flag on the moon, the voice of Mark Goodman. I am nine again.
- Hall & Oates trying to act tough in “Say It Ain’t So”. Honestly, their videos are better than they should have been pretty consistently.
- Friday Night Video Fight this week: Phil Collins vs. The Cars
- “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work is an example of a band that makes such good videos that it distracts from how good the songs were. Colin Hay was Elvis Costello held hostage by a koala bear.
- Mr. Mister “Hunters of the Night” is why I spend nights in 1983! Don’t remember this song at all and it’s a new wave nugget of detached AOR cool that suburban me was all about.
- Robert Plant “Big Log” is a video that I hated as a kid. What was Led Zeppelin and why should I care who Plant is? So, so naive was I.
- 1983 commercial: “You are the coffee generation” as I look at the stars on my Starbucks app….damn right we are the coffee generation!
- The Alan Parsons Project was on MTV? “Don’t Answer Me” is yacht rock gold.
- Someone tell me where to model for “Stray Cat Strut” ended up. There has to be a blog about it somewhere.
- RATT “Round & Round” is on and this seems so much earlier than I thought hair metal infiltrated MTV. Hmmm….
- German schoolteacher Nena. German never sounded so cool.
- We get about three seconds of .38 Special before someone stopped their VCR. Glad it wasn’t just me. I didn’t like them in 1983 and that’s before I discovered how awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd was.
- Blancmange in MTV News. Wife tells me they were huge but I really didn’t remember them when I heard them a few years ago.
- “No Artificial Color” was a selling point in 1983 for soda. I think soda is the last thing we worry about in 2020.
- Ray Charles selling laser disc players with “Rio” on the television. Ladies and gentleman, 1983.
- Queen “I Want to Break Free” is so amazing. Why wasn’t I into Queen in 1983. This is the best video all so far.
- Phil Collins with the Against All Odds song. Is that a decent film? Bueller? Bueller?
- Couldn’t finish on a Phil Collins video so going past one hour.
- If you asked me what the first video from Paul Young on MTV, I would have bet a bottle of rum that it was “Every Time You Go Away”. I stand corrected. Fun Fact: this video was filmed at the famed Hammersmith Odeon in London. I know this because I went to see Spandau Ballet there for my wife. And Shirley from Wham! was next to me in the concession area. That was awesome.