Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: Huey Lewis and the News - Hip To Be Square

 
Do you like Huey Lewis? Patrick Bateman is a huge fan of this great artist and loves the single "Hip To Be Square." Of course, this song appears in the infamous axe to Paul Allen scene. Huey Lewis later parodied the scene with Weird Al Yankovic, years later. The single itself hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #20 on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1986.
 



The music video is an absolute weird one and perhaps, Huey Lewis and the News' all time worst. Throughout the video, everything is zoomed in - from their faces, hands, and instruments. It is really a very boring video which gets annoying as it moves on. These guys are known for legendary music videos, but this one is a travesty.

1/2 Star out of ****

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible

 
 
Robert Palmer scored a solid hit in 1988 with his single "Simply Irresistible." The song hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. It also earned Robert Palmer a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Patrick Bateman was enjoying "Simply Irresistible" in a limousine ride, but his girlfriend Evelyn kept bugging him about marriage. I guess some guys, don't have all the luck!

 

 

 
The music video is your typical Robert Palmer video. Sharp-dressed man, surrounded by beautiful women acting interested. Though the sex-appeal works to an extent, this is the same music video that Robert Palmer has made before under different guises.
 
* 1/2 Stars out of  ****
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

 
American Psycho had so many great songs, but "Walking on Sunshine" was never one of them. I never really liked the song, but what do I know - it hit #9 on the Billboard hot 100 and #8 on the UK Singles charts in 1985 And if Patrick Bateman likes it, then it definitely deserves another look. He is actually listening to the song while coming into work at the office.



The music video is one that disappoints. Though it is well shot, the video contains no sunshine. In fact, it is shot in gloomy London with an atmosphere of mist and coldness. Who's idea was it to shoot a song about sunshine without any sun? A song about love, without any love? Nothing special here folks.

* Stars out of ****

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: New Order - True Faith

This year's Halloween Mania will focus on a movie not made in the 80's, but set in the 80's - the masterpiece known as American Psycho. Christian Bale stars in this 2000 film as Patrick Bateman, a wall street hot shot who has some inner demons. Because of my killer work schedule last month, I wasn't able to do a set of music video reviews. So I am doubling down with a reservation at Dorsia's with music videos of songs from the film.



The first song we highlight is New Order's "True Faith." This song hit #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Hot Dance Club Play, and #4 on the UK Singles charts in 1987. The song was highlighted in the beginning of the movie American Psycho, when Patrick Bateman was getting a drink at the bar in a New York club.

 

 
 
Despite the song being a very fun track, the music video is an absolute joke. People are dressed in the most ridiculous and cheapest costumes as we see them wrestling, slapping, and jumping on some forgotten set. Perhaps one of the 80's most pointless videos.
 
1/2 Star out of ****
 



Saturday, August 26, 2017

End of Summer Mix: Loverboy - Lovin' Every Minute of It

Canadian rock band Loverboy released a song about sexual desires (some have argued the song is about a vibrator) in 1985. The single hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Album Rock Tracks.




The music video begins with a Loverboy cover band playing "Working for the Weekend" at a hotel lounge. The owner is not impressed and calls the real band to come down and take over. The band, of course, is partying with dozens of women. What we have here is a video that is fun and not as dangerous as the lyrics of the song could have demanded. The humor in the beginning is silly, but actually works in the narrative of the video. Mike Reno, the lead singer, kicks off his hotel room shenanigans flirting with many women and then tracks down the rest of his band mates to head to the show. Each room has something unique. Some rooms work and some do not. The highlight room is the strip poker room, which is both funny and sexy at the same time.


The band was clearly having fun and "loving every minute of it" while making this video.


*** Stars out of ****

Thursday, August 24, 2017

End of Summer Mix: Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra

The Steve Miller Band scored their biggest 80's single with "Abracadabra." This 1982 single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the UK Singles Charts.



The band produced a rather "interesting" music video to accompany the song. Magicians performing tricks mixed in with some of the most dated special effects you will ever see. The music video certainly does not stand the test of time and is even laughably bad at parts. The magicians and their tricks are rather bland, the costumes are terrible, and the special effects are beyond silly. However, I can't knock the video completely - as the effort to produce a mind boggling video is definitely there. Unfortunately, the execution falls flat.

*1/2 Stars out of ****

End of Summer Mix: Rick Springfield - Don't Talk to Strangers

Rick Springfield scored his second biggest hit with his 1982 smash single "Don't Talk to Strangers." This classic hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Cash Box Charts, and #11 on the Top Rock Tracks. Springfield was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song.



Rick Springfield delivers a pretty cool and humorous music video with "Don't Talk to Strangers." The music video features Rick spying on his girlfriend/former lover as she goes out and meets other guys. He hides behind street corners, hides under a table at a fancy restaurant and ruins a date, and even breaks through a window to get to his girl. Whenever he and his band are jamming to the song, they play in front of police cars - which is way cooler than playing on an empty stage. There is even a moment where Springfield sings the title song to dispatch! Though the early 1980's tend to deliver less than stellar music videos for hit songs, this one delivers.

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