The B List: Grousing MTV’s Vault – The ’80s

8. Forever Man – Eric Clapton

I had totally forgotten about this song until Eric Clapton busted it out with Steve Winwood earlier this year. You can also head to MTV Music for Pretending, Bad Love and – of course – Tears In Heaven.

7. You Got Lucky – Tom Petty

One of the first videos to air on MTV was Tom Petty’s bizarre look at the future – You Got Lucky. While Don’t Come Around Here No More is one of the best videos ever made, this clip didn’t get much play.

6. Abacab – Genesis

Genesis found a whole new level of commercial success thanks to the videos for Invisible Touch, Land of Confusion and In Too Deep, but they made videos in the early ’80s as well including this fantastic clip for Abacab.

5. Boy In The Bubble – Paul Simon

Everyone remembers Chevy Chase in the You Can Call Me Al video, but he also came out with a clip for Boy In The Bubble.

4. Keeping The Faith – Billy Joel

Billy Joel made a killing during the glory days of MTV as he embraced the format without limitations. I always dug the wacky video for Keeping The Faith, myself.

3. Back In The Highlife – Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood achieved fame and fortune with Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group but he took it to a whole new level with Back In The Highlife in 1986. Besides the title track, he also hit it big with Roll With It, The Finer Things and Higher Love.

2. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music of the Talking Heads and saw the image of lead singer David Byrne. The Heads reached a whole new audience during the video age including a six-year-old in Hazlet, NJ, who enjoyed the fuck out of this clip.

1. Everyday I Write The Book – Elvis Costello

Costello made plenty of videos before MTV existed including Radio Radio and Oliver’s Army. During the channel’s hey day he took full advantage of the medium. My personal favorite Costello clip – thanks to the magnificent ascending bass line – is Everyday I Write The Book.

What were your favorite music videos growing up? Let us know by leaving a comment and a link to the clip below…

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6 Responses

  1. Wow, this site is really impressive. Easiest site out there to navigate if you know you’re just looking for the official music video.

  2. Never listen to Billy Joel or Phil Collins. Just keep scanning on your radio dial. They are always on the radio, and they suck. Just say NO.

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