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ASV RandR HoF: New Category
Living on Video

New, oft suggested category:


Also, must be from AFTER the dawn of MTV, meaning they must have been made/aired after August 1, 1981.

Notice the NOT A LIVE PERFORMANCE thing. First one to not pay attention and nominate a live performance gets kicked in the head.

This means no Nirvana unplugged. No rare concert footage. No Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Nothing from Woodstock. Again, for the hard of hearing: NO LIVE VIDEOS AND NO "VIDEOS" (like concert footage) FROM BEFORE 1981.

Also, they must be ROCK (and as we already defined, rock means any of the sub genres listed here. Basically, no disco, rap, country. And yes, Duran Duran counts as rock here.

Ok then. You may proceed with the nominating.


'Take on Me' Aha

Faith No More - Epic
Soundgarden - Blackhole Sun
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers- Give It Away

Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime

Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
Sublime - Santeria
Duran Duran - Rio
Mettalica - One
Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Aerosmith - Amazing
Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution
Seconded on Beastie Boys - Sabotage

I'm going to second Metallica "One"- it opened up the door to mainstream metal... worthy at least a nod...

also I'd say Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" - not a huge fan of the song itself, but it sure did revolutionize the genre of video.

I'm also inclined to mention Talking heads "Wild Wild life" becuase it's just funny with John Goodman singing the song int he begining...

Wierd Al Yankovic -- Amish Paradise
The Cars -- You Might Think
Genesis -- Land Of Confusion
Tom Petty -- Don't Come Around Here No More

OK, that's more than enough...


Everybody Hurts - REM

Simply Irrestible - Robert Palmer

Pig? Yes, that's me, thank you.

Second for "Sledgehammer". Not a big fan of the song, but a tremendous video.

"Bastards of Young", The Replacements Hey, a 3 1/5 minute video of a speaker was just classic

Second for The Cars' You Might Think and Tom Petty's Don't Come Around Here No More, both on visuals, not because I'm crazy about the songs.

Has anyone seen Duran Duran's video for The Chauffeur (from Rio), by the way?

Second for Sabotage, third for Sledgehammer.

Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits (dated now, but revolutionary back then. A prelude to Pixar movies)
Jeremy - Pearl Jam

I doubt if 'Weapon of Choice' by Fatboy Slim qualifies, but what a great freaking video.

A second for Once In a Lifetime by Talking Heads

My all-time favorites are still:
Just a Gigolo by David Lee Roth and
California Girls by same.

Of course, I've never watched MTV very much and probably haven't even stopped there in my scan since about 1989 so maybe I'm a little behind.

The Cure - Close To Me

Right Now - Van Hagar
I know, I'm sorry, but this was a revolutionary video, too. Honestly, would we have ever seen pop-up videos without Right Now?

November Rain - GnR
Even if it was a little cheesy, the whole serial song & video idea was compelling.

Three Little Pigs - Green Jelly
Remember this one? Claymation, ends with Rambo coming to blow away the wolf. Classic.

Hm - these all belong in a 'best music videos of 1991-1993' category. Eh, well.


Not Enough Time - INXS
Livin' on the Edge - Aerosmith

I almost forgot the funniest video of all time (if only because it was so unusual to see a metal band not taking themselves seriously).

Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills

If you haven't seen it, you can watch it here.

Fifth (?) for Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"

I second "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim. If it counts as rock, it should definitely be in the running.

Now for my real nominatons (since "Weapon of Choice is definitely not a rock song):

Blind Melon--"No Rain" (Who can resist the tap-dancing bumblebee girl?!)

Soundgarden--"Black Hole Sun" (I still have nightmares about this video; therefore, it must have made an impression)

Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Take on Me - A-Ha
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

U2 - Red Hill Mining Town
Sinead O'Connor - Nothinig Compares 2 U

  • Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey, more revolutionary than 'Sledge Hammer', still looks good after 20 years.
  • "Close (to the edit)" - Art of Noise ... and it has a chainsaw on the track so Close to the Edit is, by definition, rock.
  • The Slapping Video - "True Faith" /New Order

I always liked Metallica's "Enter Sandman" video, even though it did kind of mark the point where they officially jumped the shark in my mind.

I like the part where the 18 wheeler smashes that kids bed right when Jamez yells "OHHHHH!!"

Best all round - Sabotage

Visually and lyrically Interesting, least dated - Shock the Monkey

Innovative- Take on Me

Guilty pleasure - Addicted to Love

Favorite Dated, cheap production early video - Pump it up (Elvis Costello)

And yes, I know that last one is kicked out for being before 1981

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes

Another Sledgehammer here. Awesome video.

Simply Irresistible as well, quite striking.

Smashing Pumpkins - Try Try Try
Blur - Coffee and TV
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated

For weirdness: ZZ Top - TV Dinner

I watched waaay too much MTV back when it showed videos.

Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love & Simply Irresistable
Duran Duran: Rio
Michael Jackson: Thriller
Metallica: One, Enter Sandman
Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer
The Cars: You Might Think
David Lee Roth: Just A Gigalo, California Girls

The Whitesnake one with Tawny Kitaen on the hood--can't think of the name yet.

By the way, would a video like the Flock of Seagulls pretending to play instruments while rotating on a turntable be considered a 'live" performance? Just askin.'

Sober by Tool, Nightboat by Duran Duran (ok y'know, i hereby do nominate just about every stinkin Duran Duran video) and hmm, was it Runaround by Blues Traveler? Technically NOT a performance video, because it wasn't Blues Traveler doing the performing.

The Whitesnake one with Tawny Kitaen on the hood--can't think of the name yet.

'Here I Go Again'

Unfortunately, that video gets minus points because along with the (at the time) sexy Kitaen, we also had to be subject to Rudy Sarzo licking his bass.

Tommy the Cat by Primus

Lose My Faith by Sting (lame song, gorgeous video)

That Smashing Pumpkins one based on the old Moliere film.

Bonus hot chick nomination: Cherry Pie by Warrant.

Seconds for Sabotage, Shock the Monkey, Black Hole Sun.

Cash's video for his NIN Hurt cover is wrenching, as well.

Here are my two. one's obscure; the other was popular but now forgotten.

popular: "Undercover (of the Night)", Rolling Stones. A throwaway song saved by a killer video. There's a story within a story within a story, the band plays multiple parts, and one of Mick's characters gets executed. A forgotten classic.

obscure: "Sugarcube," Yo La Tengo. The label suits send the band to Rock School, and learn all the big cliches from makeup-wearing profs. ("Does anyone remember the 'Foghat Rule?' Your fourth album should be double live...") Stars Bob and David and some of the Mr. Show folks.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister - for years I could recite Neidermeyer's monologue at the start of this video.



"I wanna rock."

OK, I'll add three more and then shut up.

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police (Not a great video, but it introduced the Three-Man Hat Dance)

She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dobly (The birth of weird)

Dear God - XTC (The perfect antidote to a happy day)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned "The Safety Dance" by Men w/o hats. People dressed like in the Middle Ages dancing joyfully and a handsome singer with gorgeous hair and a saucy way of clapping. It even has a midget.

It has been mentioned before, but hate him or like him the best video has to go to the king of pop: Michael Jackson's THRILLER (EXTENDED VERSION)

ZZ Top 'Smart Dressed Man' was a good one too.

Tool's video for prison sex perfectly sets the tone stylistically for the song as well as visual interpretation of the song's lyric message. There is NONE better.

Even if I didn't dislike One musically, and for being Commie Propaganda, I'd still be upset about it playing on the main page. And downloading video.


I put it in the extended entry.


Since when did I blog by committee?

I'd have to go with "Bop Till You Drop" by Rick Springfield. Come on! Lasers, oppressed zombie-like workers, explosions, and lasers!

http://files.electricboogaloo.org/bop.rm to check out this fine piece of video history. Sorry for the crappy quality, I nabbed it from some Russian site :P

Propoganda or not, Johnny Got His Gun was a pretty incredible movie. I don't have to agree with the message. I don't even like Metallica, but the video was very well done.

ZZ Top - Legs
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Liz Phair - Stratford-On-Guy
Sam Kinison - Wild Thing

(and just in the interest of maintaining a pretext of being semi-realistic, I won't even bother nominating anything by Joydrop, Kidneythieves or Mindy Smith...)


Good point about licking the bass.

So, I'll come back with this:

Centerfold: J. Gilels Band
Brass in Pocket: Pretenders
Legs: ZZ Top

Oops, I meant "J. Geils Band"

I'm assuming you mean "short-form", ie: individual song. In that case, hands-down, I'd nominate "One" as well (disclaimer: I haven't had cable in like 10 years, so anything in that period passed me by like a warm summer's day), even though that was the video that Metallica would "never make" because they wanted to be anti-video....

if you're talking long-form, I'd have to go with Metallica again, with the "Year & a half in the life of..." videos.....

How about "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai?

"Take on Me" by Ah-ha is great, too.

Depeche Mode's lastest, "Precious." Sets a new starndard.

'Take on Me' Aha gets my vote. The drawing and the mirror had me hoping it would come on the tube. And the song was catchy also.

Whoa, I forgot Prison Sex. I withdraw all my suggestions and nominate that awesomely brilliant video as my exclusive choice.

Billy Idol - "Rock the Cradle of Love"

Metallica - One

J Geils Band - Centerfold (loved the milk drumhead!)

Pink Floyd - The Wall (you didn't say it couldn't be a movie)

Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Bank robbing with guitars. Excelent

Power and Glory - Saxon
Sci fi, fantasy, a castle, no way to explain this monster. Classic.

Blind In Texas - WASP
Armadillo races? Yep.

Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
Around the World - The Go Go's
Love Shack - B 52's
Wild Wild West - INXS
Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Take on Me - A-Ha
Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love
ZZ Top - Legs

Distant Early Warning-Rush
Chop Suey-System of a Down
Neil Young-This Note's For You
Foo Fighters-Times Like These
Kinks-State of Confusion
Natalie Merchant-Carnival

Phil Collins -- Don't Lose My Number

Daryl Sturmer...DARYL STURMER!

Rush's Distant Early Warning is a little too cheesy for my taste. Pretty much the best Rush video is Mystic Rythms, which is classy and elegant.

Pour Some Sugar On Me— but the British video, not the American one. IOW, not the one where they are setting up the concert (technically "live" and therefore ineligible) but the one where the women are breaking down the house around them. I especially like when the piano tumbles down the stairs behind them.

Cake, either Rock and Roll Lifestyle or Going the Distance. It is a crying shame that these videos are not widely available, such as on a video compilation DVD.


My House- Madness, not a bad song for English Council Flats
Save It for Later-English Beat
Simply Irresistible-Robert Palmer, ditto
No One Knows-Queens of the Stone Age, the Inland Empire strikes back

I only watched MTV in its early years, so my nominees are slim and mostly already taken:

I might as well pile on with Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" (and I DO like the song)

Also "Money for Nothing" - Dire Straits

"She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals

There's another one, but I can't remember the song or the group. They kept showing flash cards with the words while they were singing, and the background was in streets and alleys. Must not have made that big of an impression since I can't remember anything else about it, but I did think it was clever at the time. Anybody know which one I'm talking about?

Sounds like INXS, the original was in Pennebacker's Bob Dylan documentary, Don't Look Back. Every film student in the 60's did the standing in the alley with flash cards scene.

"Sharp Dressed Man" - ZZ Top

"I Can't Drive 55" - Sammy Hagar

"Only Happy When It Rains" - Garbage

I agree with you the way you view the issue. I remember Jack London once said everything positive has a negative side; It is also interesting to see different viewpoints & learn useful things in the discussion.