Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Soundtrack "Dirty Dancing" : Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack scored quite a few massive 80's hits. Eric Carmen's single "Hungry Eyes" hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Cash Box charts, and #2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts between 1987 and 1988.

The music video for Eric Carmen's big hit is an average piece of celluloid as it splits time between Eric Carmen's infatuation with a beautiful model and a few scenes from the movie. The whole production does a decent job selling the intimacy found in the movie, but the whole narrative featuring Carmen comes across rather cheesy. Carmen's blank stare doesn't really help sell his lust for the beautiful model.

** Stars out of ****

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer Soundtrack "Dirty Dancing" : Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes "(I've Had) The Time of My Life

For this year's Summer Soundtrack pick, we will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing. The movie starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and was a massive box-office hit - scoring $214 million worldwide. The movie's accompanying soundtrack was also a huge hit. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide while spending 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in 1987. The album featured many 1950's/1960's classic songs as well as quite few songs that were destined to become 80's staples.

The first song off the album was the Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and it was huge success. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts, and #1 on the UK Singles charts. The song also received an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and an ASCAP award.

The music video for this single is a pretty good promotional effort. It showcases scenes from the movie, though some scenes maybe considered spoilers. Though the scenes from the movie flowed well with the song - they don't really mesh well with the music video. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes sing their duet around a group of dancers, which is fine thematically - but the black & white hues do not mesh well with the vibrant colors of the film clips themselves. The whole music video is mixed bag, even if it sells the movie pretty well.

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Metal Mania: Whitesnake - Still of the Night

Whitesnake had a solid 80's metal single with the 1987 favorite "Still of the Night." The song hit #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #16 on the UK Singles Charts.

Whitesnake delivers a six and a half minute video that does a good job entertaining for the most part. Though most of the video is your standard stage performance, lead singer David Coverdale's then girlfriend Tawny Kitaen does a great job filling the gaps with some steamy scenes. Coverdale also looks cool in front of car headlights as he sports a trench coat a couple times throughout the video. The ending of the video is pretty clever as well as he is arrested by the "sex police!" Too bad most of the video is you average stage performance.

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

Metal Mania: Stage Dolls

Norwegian metal band Stage Dolls scored their biggest U.S. hit in 1989 when their cool song "Love Cries." The song hit #46 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video is your basic stage act performance with some trippy hues to enhance the video. A model is also used to naturally look sexy and drive around in a car between the stage act. Though the band had some great songs, this is just your subpar 80's stage video.

*1/2 Stars out of ****

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Metal Mania: Dokken - Into The Fire

Dokken released one of their best songs in 1984 with their single "Into The Fire." The song hit #21 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and was later featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.


It seems when Dokken makes a music video they are either legendary ("Dream Warriors") or poor ("Breaking the Chains"). "Into The Fire" unfortunately falls on the latter side of things. What is undoubtedly a great song, the music video falls for cheap theatrics and cheesy narratives that go nowhere. It seems like having a helicopter, fake snow, cheesy special effects, and Halloween costume level demon girls parade the screen is what qualifies for a music video for "Into The Fire." They could have gone so many directions with this song (hell, burning buildings, ect) but instead seem to be all over the place.

* 1/2 Stars out of ****

Metal Mania: Accept - Balls to the Wall

Accept hit major radio and MTV airplay with their 1983 signature single "Balls to the Wall."

The music video is an okay effort. It primarily consists of the band playing the song on stage with cuts of a wrecking ball destroying a building. We are also treated to some head bangers who hit their head so hard on the wall that they make it break! Not a music video to write home about, but it isn't that bad considering the title of their song.

** Stars out of ****

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Metal Mania: Bon Jovi - Runaway

Today we look at Bon Jovi's first single and music video - "Runaway." The song hit #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

The music video begins with burning newspapers talking about nuclear explosions and radiation. We see Bon Jovi rocking out in front of a set made to look an apocalyptic future. We also meet the "runaway" who doesn't really have a narrative at all. There is also other apocalyptic effects and extras that push this running away during the end of the world message. Overall, it is a rather silly premise for a music video, but it does seem to entertain somewhat and allows for creativity on a low budget.

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