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MY! Top 20 videos from the 80's

The following are my Top 20 videos from the 80's in no particular order, and it's not easy to choose. Video Window up there! Or just listen and read.


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ABC Est.1981

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What a brilliant band, and they will always be my personal favourite. Poison Arrow was released by New Wave band ABC in 1982 and included on their totally fantastic debut album Lexican of Love. in 1982.

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"Poison Arrow" reached No.6 in the UK charts, No.4 in Australia and No.25 in the US. Poison Arrow was a big hit for ABC and was released in a number of record formats as well as extended versions of the song. Also look out for an alternative Lounge Music version of the song entitled "Theme from Mantrap". The 'B' side featured "Tears Are Not Enough" which reached the Top 20 in the UK in 1981. Also the best selling single the The Look of Love (watch the video!) which actually comes in four parts. Part 1 is the standard Album version, Part 2 is an Instrumental version, Part 3 is a vocal remix and Part 4 is another Instrumental. You will also find a variety of Club Remix versions.

Phil Donnelly
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Pat Benatar

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Released in 1985 this song reached No.17 in the UK charts. Love is a Battlefield was a track from her album Live from Earth. Pat received a grammy award for best Female Vocal Artist a total of four times.

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Pat was thirty years of age by the time she had major chart success with a career only really taking off in the early 80s. Other hits included "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "We Belong" and "Invincible". She has continued to have a successful career right up 2020. I think this song is my personal favourite.

Phil Donnelly
Pat Benatar Website

David Lee Roth Video

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While still a member of Van Halen David Lee Roth released this single California Girls which was a cover version of the original Beach Boys song recorded 20 years earlier. This hit single also featured backing vocals from Carl Wilson and Christopher Cross.

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This single hit No.3 in the US Charts and was a moderate hit in the UK too because of the success of the video produced by David and with the creative input of Jerry Kramer and Peter Angelus. 1985.
I like the original more than this but who, having seen this video would not appreciate the creative content of the video and the style in which David sings this song. Beach Boys and California Girls. My friends and I were big Beach Boys fans, yes, cruising in my pals car of a Saturday night on the Kings Road, Fulham.

Phil Donnelly

BonJovi

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Sticking with Rock music for my next video I have selected this Bon Jovi song Keep the Faith from the album by the same name released in 1982. I was a mere 27 years of age at the time and more a Pop Music fan than a Rock music fan.

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But as I've aged my music tastes have changed. There are not too many Bon Jovi songs that I highly appreciate but this is one that I do. Don't get me wrong, I'll happily listen to Bon Jovi for hours but a Rock album wouldn't be my first choice for a personal music session.
"Bed of Roses", another great song from Bon Jovi was also on this album and was the most successful single from the album.

Phil Donnelly
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Diana Ross Video

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Chain Reaction was written by the Bee Gees who also sang the backing vocals for this melodic 1985 R&B song sung by the beautiful and talented Diana Ross. The song was originally released on the 1985 album "Eaten Alive".

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Chain Reaction was released as a single in 1985 and again in 1986. Whether as a member of the Supremes or in her own right as a solo artist, Diana Ross was one of the outstanding female artist of the 70's and 80's. Chain Reaction is here because it was Diana's last appearance on the US Billboard Top 100 where it didn't do that well and because it reached the No.1 spot here in the UK.

Phil Donnelly

Durran Durran

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Her name is Rio and she certainly has a good time in this video. This video is so 80's, mainly because of the suits with those big padded shoulders and the bright colours which continue throughout the video, right down to the custard!

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Some videos just should not go unseen, I hope the original film is in good condition because it's a piece of British history. One of the best videos of the 80's and made to follow on from the success of their second album. Duran Duran have to go down as one of the top bands of the 80's for their video success and their music success. They certainly weren't afraid to push the boundaries. The album "Rio" achieved Gold and Platinum status by the end of 1983. Duran Duran had 14 singles in the UK Top 10 and sold over 100 million records. Success took it's toll on the boys though as the original members only managed to hold it together until the mid 80's when exhaustion claimed it's first group member.

Phil Donnelly
Duran Duran Website

Peter Gabriel

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Sledghammer After his amicable split from Genesis Peter began his solo career in 1977 with the release of "Solesbury Hill". But my choice here is a great video to accompany this Top 10 hit song by Peter Gabriel called "Sledgehammer" which also matched his other Top 10 hit Games Without Frontiers in popularity in the UK Charts.

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This song is from the album "So, Passion and Us" which rocketed Peter in Pop status making him a global star in 1986. The album also contained another hit song called "Don't Give Up" which was a duet with Kate Bush, a lovely song that probably saved lives! By today's standards this Video is nothing special but in 1986 it was the video that helped this song achieve it's hit song status. The video actually won a number of awards including 9 MTV awards in 1987. WikiPedia states "The lyrics are a mosaic of sexual innuendos, with references to steam trains, bumper cars, Big Dipper (roller coaster) and fruit cage as metaphors for male and female sexual organs and references to pollination, acting like a sledgehammer, fruit and bees as metaphors of sexual acts". The video was produced by Adam Whittaker of Aardman productions fame. The video uses claymation, pixilation, and stop motion animation to give life to the images which I would imagine takes a lot of planning, time and resource. One of Peter's favourite singers/song writers is Otis Redding

Phil Donnelly
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Genesis

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Following on from Peter Gabriel I've chosen a Genesis song. OK, so I'm really a Genesis fan so whatever I do I will nearly always find a way of dropping a Genesis song into my Top 20 80's videos or any music selection! I like this video because it shows them in a way that we would always like to remember them.

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It's not just me that loved Genesis, they were one of the biggest bands of the 70's and 80's selling over 150 million albums. Invisible Touch was the title track to the album of the same name and released in 1986 and was immediately a Top 10 hit reaching number 1 in the UK. Invisible Touch was re released several times and included on other Albums from Genesis right up to 1991. There was also a limited edition 7" version of the song released in 1991. What amazes me about this album is the fact that the title track reached the No.1 spot on the US chart, the only song by Genesis to do so, and after the departure of Peter Gabriel who also had his own success in the same year. Further more, Phil Collins who was lead singer for Genesis had his own successful career and Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified "No Jacket Required", which reached number one in U.S. in the summer of 1985. It contained the U.S. number one hits "One More Night" and "Sussudio". So, in all, Peter Gabriel, Genesis and Phil Collins were on a roll in the mid 80's, possibly by association.

Phil Donnelly
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Eurythmics

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Annie Lennox playing with a few heart strings in this song, even more so if you watched the video. She was simply one of the iconic voices of the 80's, who didn't love the Eurythmics'? And doesn't the Harmonica sound as though it had a little help from Stevie Wonder, right down to the Cherub impersonating a young Stevie too.

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I'm sure a few guys would like to have walked Annie Lennox down the aisle, but don't be fooled by her angelic look, there is a woman of steely determination and confidence under that make-up (Just my opinion). And don't forget to check out her delicious website AnnieLennox.com, you will stay for a while I'm sure. Next to Annie stood David A. Stewart, musician, song writer and producer. Eurythmics' formed in 1980 and split in 1990 causing a mass of disappointment among their big fan base but gave us a reunion or two to lift our spirits in later years. It wasn't until 1983 that Eurythmics made their big breakthrough to the mainstream (I can't think of another word!) commercial POP music world although they are classified like so many bands at the time as a Synthpop, Rock and New-wave band. This song was written by the pair for their album "Be Yourself Tonight" which was released in 1985. And Yes, the Harmonica was played by Stevie Wonder, who else plays it like that...And that's the reason our little Cherub got the part! Cool a! "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" became Eurythmics' first and only number-one single in the UK.
Eurythmics-Ultimate.com

Phil Donnelly

Adam and The Ants

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Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" was their most successful Top 40 Hit going in at No.1 on the 9th may 1981. This hit single was also a track on the 1981 album Prince Charming released in late '81.

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In the Video Adam plays a Dandy Highwayman who likes his make up and is fussy about his dress style so last years styles or posh frocks aren't his thing, he much prefers your money so that he can stick to his own style.
Adam and the Ants formed in 1977 although there were a coupe of changes to the band members during their early days, mostly driven by individual ambitions.
This was not just my favourite single either as it sold over 1 million copies pushing it into the Top 10 straight after release. In 1982 the band received a Grammy Nomination but the band was also on the verge of a split. After the band split in 1982 Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) set out on a solo career releasing another chart entry with the song "Goody Two Shoes". The band members included Paul Flanagan, Andy Warren, Mark Ryan, Terry Lee Miall, Dave Barbarossa, Marco Pirroni, Johnny Bivouac, Kevin Mooney, Leigh Gorman, Matthew Ashman, Gary Gibbs and drummer/record producer Chris Hughes at various stages in it's short life, most continuing to forge a career in the music industry in their own right.
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Phil Donnelly

Tears For Fears

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Tear For Fears were a "New Wave" (post Punk) rock band formed in 1981 consisting of Roland Orbazel and Curt Smith. Both Curt and Roland contributed vocally and co wrote their songs although Orbazel played a greater part in the song writing. Both are accomplished musicians.

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Roland writes songs, plays Guitar, Timpani (Kettle drum) and Keyboard. Curt also Sings plays Bass Guitar and Keyboards. So these two guys along with keyboard player and composer Ian Stanley and drummer Manny Elias, were Tears For Fears for a period of 10 years from 1981 through to 1991. Ian and Manny were not considered full members of the band until 1983 when they released The Hurting. They met as Teenagers and were only 20 years of age when they formed T.F.F. Both are highly acclaimed British Musicians and Song writers. I kind of like the this video which was created to promote this song which only reached No.12 in the UK. The song is from the 1984 album Songs from the Big Chair. BUY! Songs From The Big Chair (Remastered With Bonus Tracks)

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Simply Red

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The sort of song any girl might love to hear while getting closer to someone special And how many people have made love while listening to a Simply Red song. You would have to be deaf to ignore this 1988 love Ballard sung by Mick Hucknall. This song was originally sung by Barry White back in 1978.

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While a great song sung by two very popular artists both songs come across quite differently in my view. Barry's version was a Disco dance floor hit, as was Mick Hucknalls but I would imagine many girls would prefer the Simply Red version during a romantic evening at home. I prefer the smooth vocals of Mick over the raspy tones of Barry White personally. Simply Red's version reached No.13 in '88 and was a moderate hit in the US at No.57 although it should have most definitely done better but I would imagine there was some affection for the Barry White version in the US, plus I would imagine more women purchased this single or the Album than men! I wasn't a big Simply Red fan but I know many women who were, and that's why it's here. For all the cuddles I received during Simply Red concerts.
Video Directed by Andy Morahan
www.simplyred.com (Mick Hucknall)

Phil Donnelly

Pet Shop Boys

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West End Girls. Not really a subject you would expect the Pet Shop Boys to write a song to or for. Though if you have ever been to the West End then you will know the girls come in many different guises, if you don't understand that then look it up! "an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something".

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I will have to add that a Pal of mine once tried to chat to a young lady as she walked along the street with a curious wiggle, we tried to tell him, SHE is not a girl! Then there are the Girls! you know the Girls. And the Guys that are Girls as well as Girls that are Guys. And as Earth Wind and Fire sung in the '79 hit Boogie Wonderland "Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts of men who need more than they get". So the song is about the West End Clubbing scene where Chris and Neil spent many happy evenings. The Guardian: Neil Tennant on West End Girls: 'It's about sex and escape. It's paranoid'. His words. Pet Shop Boys debut single was voted greatest British No.1 of all time. The Guardian 06/2020. And I added this song here back in 2013. So I was right.

Phil Donnelly

Prince

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The Police

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Art Of Noise

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Cher

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Cher - Turn Back Time

The first time I heard Cher she was Cher Bono wife of Sonny Bono and they were "Sonny and Cher" and I remember hearing the 1965 hit "I Got You Babe". I wasn't a big fan at the age of 10 but I did have to listen to my brothers music a lot along with a lot of Elvis, Buddy Holly and a whole lot of Tamla.

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Now for this video, you may remember Chers' tights or stockings, a US Battleship and those very happy sailors. That was 1989 Cher was aged 43. This song is titled "If I could Turn Back Time". This song just makes it in to my Top 20 80's songs since it was released in June 1989. The song was from her amazingly successful 1989 album Heart of Stone, and if you managed to buy a copy shortly after it's release then well done you. The Video is VERY memorable, well, it is for me since I always had a soft spot for that soulful voice of hers and her dress style in 1989 or at any time come to that. Thanks Cher!
Phil Donnelly

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