Don't Talk Back, Just Drive the Car: The Best and Worst 80s Alternative Music Videos
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Don't Talk Back, Just Drive the Car: The Best and Worst 80s Alternative Music Videos

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | June 7, 2012 | Comments ()


I miss my MTV. I miss the real MTV that actually showed music videos, which were sometimes like creative little mini-films that told a story we may or may not have understood. I miss the cool animations, claymation, surrealism and cynicism. I miss Michael Hutchence. But that's beside the point--which is--here are the slightly late 1980s Music Video Awards (as interpreted by me). Do add your own.

Best Overlooked Video Because of That Damned Sledgehammer Video:

Peter Gabriel, Digging in the Dirt

Best Muppet Dancing, Pre-Thom Yorke; Best Nonchalant Boobies (NSFW):

R.E.M, Pop Song 89

Best Sneering While Dancing in a Blade Runner Universe:

Billy Idol, Dancing with Myself

Best Use of Mannequins with An Unintended "Doctor Who" Reference:

A-ha, The Sun Always Shines on T.V.

Best Use of Preexisting Clones:

The Smiths, Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

Best Use of Spandex, a Plastic Flowerpot and a Whip:

Devo, Whip It

Best Beaker Immitation:

Depeche Mode, Master and Servant

Worst Video for a Great Song:

World Party, Ship of Fools

Most Unenthusiastic Performance By a Band Who Should Be Kicking Music Video Ass:

Violent Femmes, American Music

Egregious Misuse of a Charismatic Lead Singer:

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kiss Them For Me

Cheesiest Ode to Mannequin:

Berlin, Sex (I'm A...)

Worst Dancing By a Hot Guy in a Ridiculous Outfit:

Duran Duran, Planet Earth

David Lynch Award--Most Incomprehensible Video:

New Order, True Faith

The Why Are We Watching This? Award (NSFW):

Soft Cell, Sex Dwarf

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