Category Archives: Video

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In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we present one of our all-time favorite old commercials (and we do have a lot of favorites). When this originally aired, we had no idea who Peggy Lee was or what Enjoli even was. But the sight of a mom who could do it all and the catchy tune had us captured. And we do like our bacon fried up in a pan!

Call Mom and tell her thanks for everything she does for you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

In preperation for Mother’s Day, here’s a few pointers from Hollywood’s best mother. Such a gay stereotype, but camp is an often overlooked art form. Enjoy.

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Madonna vs. Depeche Mode. It doesn’t sound right, but it totally works, just like polka dots and stripes.

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What kind of world do we live in when a mega-star like Kylie Minogue, who’s mobbed by fans and at the top of the charts in nearly every country, is a virtual stranger in the United States?

She’s gay-friendly (check out this video if you need proof), she’s a total clotheshorse (notice that she’s the only one wearing clothes) and she’s a breast cancer survivor. C’mon, people! Show Kylie the love.

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Yesterday was Erasure singer Andy Bell’s birthday and we neglected to mention that they have a new single and video out called “I Could Fall In Love With You.” As usual, its got great music (thanks, Vince) and lyrics that anyone who’s ever been in love can identify with. We love the subtle political stance of the video.

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It’s impossible to think of the influence of fashion in 80’s music without thinking of English pop group ABC. Led by Martin Frye, the group combined the sugar-coated look of the burgeoning music video revolution with the soul of Motown and the dramatic flair of Broadway-influenced pop to come up with something entirely new.

Though the band was short-lived in its original incarnation, their album The Lexicon of Love, featuring this single “Poison Arrow,” is always at the top of the list of best albums of the 80’s. Check out Martin’s costumes — we’d sell our grandmother into a Bangkok brothel to get our hands on that gold lamé suit.

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There’s no single person more responsible for the look, feel and sound of electronic music than Vince Clarke, founder of Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure. His mastery of the synth-pop sound defined a generation of alternative dance music that is still influential today.

Clarke’s 1983 paring with blue-eyed soul singer Alison Moyet (he responded to her ad seeking blues musicians) created two timeless albums, Upstairs at Eric’s and You and Me Both. The video for “Don’t Go,” featuring a kind of New Wave Frankenstein’s monster gothic love story, was shot on a shoestring budget 25 years ago this summer, officially making it an antique! We think it couldn’t sound more modern.

Video Flashback: Human League

In the early days of MTV, videos were shot on a shoestring and there were no rules, except that you should probably show the singer singing. The results were sometimes dicey and sometimes brilliant, as in the case of Human League’s “(Keep Feelin’) Fascination.”

Human League were the perfect blend of Mod and New Wave, coupling the transgender fashion sensibility of New Wave with the classic music stylings of Mod.

Video Flashback: Wham! UK

We love the early days of MTV, when George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley needed UK after their name, when Yaz was called Yazoo, when our expectations of celebrity behavior were a lot lower. Who knew that the adorable Greek immigrant’s son Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou would grow up to be a cottage pervert or that Andrew Ridgeley would grow up to be nobody?

Anyway, we loved their tight rolled up jeans, jackboots and leather. Mom didn’t love the line “This young gun says/Abortion pays.” We felt so edgy and we didn’t even know what ‘gay’ meant!

Video Flashback: Bananarama

Ah, remember when you were young and could leave cheaply in New York, prancing around in ridiculous clothes and near-lethal amounts of hairspray? Neither do we.