Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Metal Mania: Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

1987 was a breakout year for Guns N' Roses. They scored a slew of hits, including one of their many signature songs "Welcome To The Jungle." The song hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #37 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #24 on the UK Singles charts. They released their song with a very popular MTV Music Video.

"Welcome To The Jungle" is a music video which is shot very well and provides a good introduction to the band. The stage performance is very energetic and adds to the substance of the song. The narrative part, which features Axel looking at television screens of mayhem and temptations, is decent in connecting the "jungle" which is L.A. The video would have been better served with a more solid narrative in which Axel is involved in jungle activity, rather than watching footage on a television screens (some which are repeated over and over).

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

Metal Mania: Judas Priest - Breaking The Law

Judas Priest scored a solid hit in the UK with their single "Breaking The Law." The song charted all the way up to #12 on the UK Singles Charts in 1980.

The band produces a brisk video to follow their song, as it comes just under 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The production gets straight to the point as the band enters a bank, jams to their song, steal a gold record from the vault, and escape the police. A fun and well directed early 80's music video, even if it is very silly.

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Metal Mania: Ratt - Round And Round

Ratt scored their biggest hit in 1984 with "Round And Round." This single hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Mainstream Rock charts. Their music video also received substantial airplay on MTV.

Most metal heads have seen Ratt's music video for "Round And Round" and would agree that it is a silly production. It begins with a wealthy family sitting around a table, preparing for dinner. As the family goes about their business, up in the attic Ratt is rocking to their amazing single. As the video progresses, rats are served to the family and lead guitarist Warren DeMartini bursts through the attic onto dining room table in dramatic fashion. Though there is plenty of figurative cheese (and actual rats!) in this video, it does manage to entertain. This isn't a breakthrough video by any means, but an amusing introduction of a band that is ready to make its mark on the metal world.

** 1/2 stars out of ****

Metal Mania: Winger - Headed For A Heartbreak

Winger rocks todays selection with their hit single "Headed For A Heartbreak." This 1989 song reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

Winger's music video is nearly 5 minutes long and doesn't offer that much substance. The storyline is barebones and basically scrapped in favor of the band playing in a room undergoing construction. There are some cool moments of symbolism, especially near the end as Kip Winger tries to come up for air to see his girlfriend only to find himself drowning. Even the muted colors approach of the video adds a nice level to the production. Nonetheless, a video like this should offer something more than muted colors and a beautiful model.

The video isn't a total bore, but definitely not as good as it could be - especially for a 5 minute runtime.

** Stars out of ****

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Metal Mania: Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

Twisted Sister scored their biggest and most memorable hit in 1984 with "We're Not Gonna Take It." The song hit #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Top Tracks. The song was also blasted in Panama when the United States troops moved to get Manuel Noreiga to surrender in 1989.

As for the video, Mark Metcalf returns with another standout performance. If you remember correctly, he was also the principal in Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock Video." Here he plays a tough and unforgiving father who will not tolerate anything to do with rock or Twisted Sister. Very similar in vain to "I Wanna Rock," here he scolds his son rather than a student. The results are the same as Twisted Sister appears to teach him a lesson. Again more slapstick comedy with some decent stunt work and special effects. One could see why the band was popular with teens in the 1980's.

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

Metal Mania: Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel the Noize

It's May - so Metal Mania is in full control!!  Quiet Riot scored a huge hit in 1983 with the metal hit "Cum On Feel the Noize." The single hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

The video features a male teenager lying in his bed peacefully, until the signature song begins to play and the whole room starts to shake! Trying everything he can to turn the music down, he is eventually transported to a Quiet Riot concert. If only it was that easy!

A simple video that had the potential for more. Some decent effects and then your standard concert footage.

** Stars out of ****

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March Madness: Lindsey Buckingham - Slow Dancing

The 1985 MTV Video Music Awards were a good one for Lindsey Buckingham as he had two spotlight videos with "Go Insane" and "Slow Dancing." We have already reviewed "Go Insane" and have placed it in our Music Video Hall of Fame. So how does "Slow Dancing" measure up? We will review that today.

The music video was nominated at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards for Most Experimental Video, Best Editing, and Best Special Effects. The song, on the other hand, was not a big hit on the Billboards as it only hit #106 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

This music video features Lindsey looking very debonair in a haunted house. One of the ghostly  appiritions also seems to have the hots for him! The video is well shot, the atmosphere is spooky, and the effects are pretty cool - even if the premise is pretty silly. Though not as ambitious as "Go Insane," the music video is still a solid one.

*** Stars out of ****