Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity.” Best. Video. Ever.
If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably spent a lot of time watching MTV. Chances are good you can instantly visualize the music videos for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love,” “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits or “Once in a Lifetime” by The Talking Heads. If you were Ben, you were particularly taken with this eclectic assortment of videos: Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” Marky Mark’s scandalous “Good Vibrations,” Don Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter,” EMF’s “Lies,”* Rod Stewart’s “Broken Arrow,” and — most of all — Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity,” which you wanted to be the last song of the eighth grade spring dance that you swayed to with Liz Messersmith. (She wanted “Unchained Melody.” The DJ played neither. But you did get Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”)
Now you can revisit those days when MTV actually played music at mtvmusic.com. MTV has rehabbed its site so you can search any artist or song and watch the video. We just spent the past few hours reliving our eighth grade year. This may or may not sound like your idea of a good time, but we had to share.
What was your favorite music video of all time? What rock epic cast in visual poetry spoke to the depths of your misunderstood, romantically-thwarted teenage soul? We want to know. The Voreblog Readers Forum starts below with your comments.**
* = You are shocked — shocked — watching this fifteen years later and realizing the piece of art that moved you so deeply as a teenager is in fact about four British guys playing with cockroaches and worms and then rolling around in a huge vat of chocolate pudding. Also that the song is total crap.
** = No matter what video you nominate, “Silent Lucidity” will still kick its ass.