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 ****

Metal Mania: Def Leppard - Foolin'

It's May! And that means Metal Mania is being kicked into high gear! We begin this month of music video reviews with the Def Leppard hit "Foolin'." The song hit #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

The majority of the music video features the band on stage rocking out to this great song. Other elements of the video include some mysticism and low level special effects that come across extremely cheesy. Not the greatest 80's metal video out there.

*1/2 Stars out ****

Sunday, April 30, 2017

All Request: Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

Samantha Fox ends our All Request month with "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)." This 1986 song hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the UK Singles Charts.

This sexual song had a somewhat provocative stage performance as Samantha Fox is showing some skin and moaning to the crowd. Other than the mild sexual content, the music video is your average stage performance. A song like this screams for a music video that is even more provocative and dangerous then the one we are given

** Stars out of ****

All Request: Kenny Loggins - Meet Me Half Way

Our next request is for the hit Kenny Loggins single "Meet Me Halfway." The song was featured in Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling movie Over The Top and hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1987.

The music video features Kenny Loggins on various locations at some remote desert town singing the title song. Between his moments of singing, the viewer is also given scenes from Over The Top. Not a memorable music video, but not a bad promotional effort either.

** Stars out of ****

All Request: Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

As we end the month, we follow up with our final set of All Requests! Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" sees the spotlight today! This 1984 single hit #6 on the UK Singles Charts, #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #9 on the Top Rock Tracks.

A standard energetic concert clip with neither impresses nor disappoints.
** Stars out of ****