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July 04, 2008


I think it's the combination of being tv-less and that MTV and VH1 play videos approximately 32 minutes apiece each day. A visit to Youtube however:




shows there's still some interesting thinking going on out there.

You won't hear me saying that there's no good music from 1986. I'm in the same boat in that TV'less I can't be sure whatever happened to music videos.

My ten favorite songs from 1986:
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Kiss - Prince
Fall On Me - R.E.M.
Oh L'Amour - Erasure
Walk This Way - Run DMC
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smith
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

Those are probably all on some mix tape I have boxed up somewhere, Liam. Though, truth be told, I'd have skipped the Aero-combo and gone with "It's Tricky" or "Peter Piper" or "Proud to be Black" or the title track, "Raising Hell." A damn nice selection!

Dan, those videos are great. Especially Panic at the Disco. Thanks. And I'm chastened on my itch to make a sweeping and disparaging generalization about the State of Music Videos Today. It's interesting to consider that rather than music video channels on televsion, their platform is now video channels on YouTube.

And Liam, I like your style! They do honor to 1986. I'd add:

Final Countdown--Europe
West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
Kodachrome--Paul Simon
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard--Paul Simon
Livin' On a Prayer--Bon Jovi
Pretty in Pink--the Psychedelic Furs
Alive and Kicking--Simple Minds
Walk of Life--Dire Straits
These Dreams--Heart
Tonight She Comes--The Cars

Your list inspires me to declare next week '80s week on Isak: a time to celebrate the musical, literary, and artistic gifts of the decade, and to express gratitude for its creative nonviolence movements. Let me know if you have any ideas for the mini-series!

You know what else I miss about MTV? Unplugged. Whatever happened to that? There were some great performances that came out of that video.

Tom Petty's always been pretty good about having interesting videos. "Last Dance with Mary Jane," of course. "Free Falling."

Good call on that Smiths song.

80's week - very cool idea!

More songs:

Downstream by The Rainmakers
No Sleep til Brooklyn by The Beastie Boys (as opposed to the overplayed Fight for Your Right to Party)

And, sad to find out that Wait from White Lion didn't hit until 1987 - oh well!

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