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

By Cindy Davis | Lists | June 7, 2012 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | June 7, 2012 |


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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