Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween Mania VI: Sheena Easton - Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)

Another spooky video is brought to us by Sheena Easton! Her 1983 single "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on the Hot Dance/Club Play, and #15 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. The music video is a rare one, but we have it here!

(Click below for an HD version of this rarity!)

Sheena Easton's video is one of the better videos in our long list of Halloween Mania videos. It begins with her in a castle waiting on her true prince charming. Frankenstein's monster and Dracula do their best to earn her love, but she plays hard to get. Eventually she runs out to the graveyard where she encounters the duo as well as Quasimodo, and King Kong! Shot in black & white, the video is play on the classic Universal Monsters. The actors who are playing the Frankenstein monster and Dracula are dead ringers of their classical counterparts. We even get a cameo from The Addams Family's Thing! Sheena Easton's performance is okay in this video, but beautiful as always. The production is a little on the cheaper side, but it does well with what its got.

Though the video is definitely cheesy and isn't going to win any awards, it is a nice little charm for this and any Halloween season!

*** Stars out of ****

Halloween Mania VI: Ramones - Pet Sematary

The Ramones scored one of their biggest radio hits with 1989 single "Pet Sematary" to the film of the same name. The single hit #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

The cool song is matched with an average video. The band jams around a graveyard while clips from the film are mixed throughout. It does promote the movie, though it could do more. Nothing too exciting about this production, but at least they are jamming in a cemetery while talking about one.

** Stars out of ****

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Halloween Mania VI: W.A.S.P. - Scream Until You Like It

W.A.S.P. released a music video for Ghoulies II in 1987. Though the Ghoulies movies are terrible, the music video isn't all too bad.

The music video features the band interacting with the various ghoulies, while clips from the film are mixed throughout. Seeing lead singer Blackie Lawless interacting with the little creatures adds a nice charm to the whole production. Isn't cute how he is petting those little guys and giving them instruction? The metal mixed with the film clips works nicely and sells a rather embarrassing film pretty well. Though the production isn't going to win any awards, I give them plenty of respect for making something out of nothing.

** 1/2 Stars out of ****

Halloween Mania VI: Laaz Rockit - Leatherface

Unbelievable that we are on our 6th Halloween Mania countdown. We thought that last year was our final one, but like an 80's Slasher Franchise - we are back for the attack! This year we kick it off with Lazz Rockit's "Leatherface" which is from the movie Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. The film and song were produced in 1989, but released in January 1990.

While we get clips from the movie and scenes with Leatherface, the music video seems just too positive! The metal band Lazz Rockit are jamming to the tune with rainbow colored shorts and in broad daylight! Where is the terror? Leatherface would slash this music video in two.

* Star out of ****

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Back to School "The Kids Rule Edition" : New Kids on the Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)

The New Kids on the Block continue our Back to School theme for this month. Their 1988 single "You Got It (The Right Stuff) hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK Singles Charts.

The music video is shot in black and white. It shows the group's dance moves and features them driving around Boston looking at girls. Not a real engaging music video, but not a bad one either. A fun pop song like this deserved something a little bit better.

** Stars out of ****

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back to School "The Kids Rule Edition" : New Edition - Cool It Now

The young group New Edition scored a nice hit with "Cool It Now" in 1984. The single hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B Charts.


This a cute music video which features the members of New Edition in their teenage years. The video begins with the guys playing basketball, until Ralph Tresvant begins his singing and reminisces about the girl of his dreams. The spotlight is on him during the video and the other members are doing their best to stay engaged. The Boston streets mixed with the high school courts add a nice flavor to the video. The summer flashback scenes help add a layer to a rather generic video. However, there is an inescapable charm and innocence to this video that really comes through. And bad boy Bobby Brown, looks like an angel here!

** 1/2 Stars out of ****

Back to School "The Kids Rule Edition" : Bryan Adams - Kids Wanna Rock

School's back! This month we will look at some kid/teenage oriented music videos. We kick off the fun with "Kids Wanna Rock." This Bryan Adams song hit #42 on the U.S. Rock Charts in 1984.


The music video is an energetic concert performance, but not much in terms interest. And where are all the kids?

** Stars out of ****