Our pick for the Flashback Friday music video today is a tribute to Ric Ocasek, vocalist, guitarist, and co-founder of The Cars, who passed away this week. The video is Emotion in Motion.
The song is from Ocasek’s second solo album, This Side of Paradise which was released in 1986. Emotion in Motion was his only solo top forty hit and it peaked at #15. It also hit #1 on the Top Rock Tracks charts and #8 on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts.
The music that Ocasek and The Cars created in the late seventies helped set the stage for the New Wave scene which was so prominent in the early eighties and during the first few years of MTV. With his distinctive look and lead vocals, along with the classic songs and music videos from his band, he truly was an icon of the Gen X era.
Last month, every Flashback Friday Music Video was from the late seventies or early eighties, so this month we will focus on the late eighties and early nineties. The video this week is Joyride by Roxette.
Roxette is a Swedish duo comprised of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Joyride was the lead single and title track off their third album released in March of 1991. The album has sold more than 11 million copies.
Joyride was their fourth and final #1 hit in America. It was the duo’s first #1 hit in their home country of Sweden. The song also topped the charts in fourteen other countries. The Vancouver Canucks used the song as their intro music during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Last month, every Flashback Friday Music Video was from the late seventies or early eighties, so this month we will focus on the late eighties and early nineties. The video this week is Wild Thing by Tone Loc.
Wild Thing was a single off of Loc’s 1989 debut album, Lōc-ed After Dark. The song went to #2 on the hot 100 charts in America and hit #1 in New Zeland. The single went on to sell over two million copies.
The song contains a sample of Jamie’s Crying by Van Halen that was not approved by the band. This lead to a civil lawsuit that was settled out of court. The settlement was reportedly in the amount of $180,000.
The music video was rumored to have only cost $500 to make. It was directed by Tamra Davis who later went on to direct such films as BillyMadison and Half Baked. The video also featured actress Tracy Camilla Johns who is best known for being the leading lady in She’s Gotta Have It.
One of the co-writers on the song was Marvin Young. He’s better known as rapper Young MC who also had a massive hit in 1989 with Bust a Move.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is Love Stinks by The The J. Geils Band
Love Stinks hit #38 on the American singles charts and went up to #15 on the Canadian charts in 1980. The song was written by the band’s lead singer Peter Wolf and keyboardist Seth Justman. The lyrics have been rumored to be inspired by Wolf’s marriage to film star Faye Dunaway which ended in divorce in 1979.
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Dirty Dancing premiered in American theaters thirty-two years ago today on August 21, 1987. The film starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Swayze had been in a few hits like The Outsiders and Red Dawn, but this was this film that took him to superstardom. The film also featured Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes,and Wayne Knight, who later went on to play Newman on Seinfield.
The film was a huge hit earning 214 million dollars at the box office. In 1988, it was the number one video rental of the year. For home video, it was the first film to sell over a million copies.
The soundtrack to the movie was also a major success. It sold over 32 million copies and became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It spent 18 weeks at #1. The film’s final dance featured the song, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, which hit #1 on the singles and Adult Contemporary chart. It won Best Original Song from The Academy Awards and The Golden Globes. The song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The soundtrack contained two other top ten hits, She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze and HungryEyes by Eric Carmen.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold.
Thank You For Being A Friend was the first of four music videos from Andrew Gold that aired on that first day on MTV. The other three videos were Go Back Home Again, Never Let Her Slip Away, and his biggest American chart hit, Lonely Boy, which hit the top 10 in 1977.
In 1978 Thank You For Being A Friend hit #25 on the Billboard singles chart and #11 on Cash Box. Seven years later in 1985, the tune was used as the theme song for The Golden Girls. It was re-recorded for the show and featured vocals by Cynthia Fee. That version has become one of the best-known TV theme songs of all time.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is I’m Gonna Follow You by Pat Benatar.
The second video ever played on MTV was You Better Run, which was the lead single off of Benatar’s 4 x platinum album, Crimes of Passion. Later in the day, I’m Gonna Follow You, another song from the same album made it’s MTV debut. What’s interesting is that the album’s highest-charting song, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, never had a music video released for it, but one was made for I’m Gonna Follow You, which was not a single.
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MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer.
The song spent five weeks at #2 on the singles chart in December of 1980 and January of 1981. It also went to #2 on the British singles charts. The song hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The song was written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. Both were members of The Crickets. Allison played drums in the band before and after Buddy Holly’s death. Curtis performed with Holly before the Crickets formed and then joined the band as lead singer after Holly died in 1959.
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Today’s video is Meeting in the Ladies Room by Klymaxx. The song hit #4 on the R&B chart in 1985 as well as #22 on the Hot Dance Club chart. The music video was a hit on MTV and BET but that surprisingly was not able to help the song crack the top 40 charts. Meeting in the Ladies Room was the title track from the band’s platinum fourth album that also contained the hits, The Men All Pause and I Miss You.
The music video was directed by Gerald Casale, the bassist, and co-founder of Devo. SNL recently parodied the song in a skit that featured Emma Stone.
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Our video today is Never Say Never by the San Francisco new wave band Romeo Void. The song first appeared on the band’s EP which was also called Never Say Never and was released as a single in 1982.
Although the song did not hit the top 40, it did become a popular video during the early years of MTV. The song’s success led to the band being signed by Columbia. Their major-label debut, Benefactor also featured Never Say Never but it was a shorter and “cleaner” version.
The band had a top forty hit in 1984 with A Girl in Trouble (Is a TemporaryThing), however, many would argue that Never Say Never is actually the band’s best-known song. Also in 1984, Never Say Never was part of the soundtrack of the movie Reckless starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah.
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