Flashback Friday – Animation Animation

I’m hardly watching any music videos these days. It’s not just because MTV and VIVA have turned into crappy soap-opera and dating-show channels, but most of the artists I listen to these days just don’t make videos to their songs. I sometimes miss those good ol’ days when Music Television really was about music… anyone else remembers MusicBox, or Most Wanted with Ray Cokes, or that famous mullet Pat Sharp used to wear? Good times indeed!

Well, I was just thinking about how much work was put into music videos back in those days. Everything was so fresh and new, and I especially had a soft spot for animated music videos. So to celebrate the good old times of Music Television, here are some of the best videos in history! (at least from my point of view; if you have any additions, feel free to leave a comment!).

A-Ha – Take On Me
probably the first one that comes to everyone’s mind when you say “80s animated music video”. It just IS the classic!

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
another classic, and probably the biggest success for the Aardman studios (at least in music videos… we all know the movies are great, too!). Another Aardman one follows later…

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
the first video to be aired by MTV Europe when it started in 1987.

Genesis – Land Of Confusion
the puppets are loose! Everybody was high on Spitting Image these days, and here you get the whole package!

ABC – How To Be A Millionaire
one of my favourite ABC-songs, and a very fine video indeed!

Tom Petty – Running Down A Dream
Mr Petty in Alice In Wonderland-mode… nice one!

Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
not completely animated, but still worth a re-watch!

Housemartins – Happy Hour
another live-action/animation clip… has nothing to do with Aardman though!

Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
although it might look like it, Aardman had nothing to do with this one either…

Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
…but this one is completely Aardman; cool cat, cool song, cool video!

The Firm – Star Trekkin’
haha… I had a big smile on my face when I re-watched this one! Can’t figure out what’s sillier… the song or the video!

INXS – What You Need
Colourful, artsy, and maybe just a tad overloaded… but the song still is ace!

And to end this post, here’s a special treat… hilarious!!!


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