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Friday Recommends AND The Fourth Voreblog Readers Forum:


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 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.


22 thoughts on “Friday Recommends AND The Fourth Voreblog Readers Forum:

  1. I’m trying to do work and now you have me looking through the MTV catalog. Thanks for the loss in productivity, Voreblog.

  2. Oddly enough, my 60 year old mother’s favorite video is also Silent Lucidity. I am not making this up.

    As for me, I used to wait up all night to see Faith No More’s “A Small Victory.” This was in between the moments I hoped “Wicked Game” came on. Oh, Helena Christensen. What would 10 year old me do without you?

    And I think Tad would agree with me that Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” changed everyone’s life for the worse.

  3. My most vivid memory of 80s MTV is Martha Quinn. (Although not her name apparently: thanks to Lauren, Powell and Wikipedia for the aisst on this one.)
    I was denied cable as a teenager, so I had to get my video fix at other kids’ houses after school and from Friday Night Videos on NBC.

    As soon as Ben mentioned Henley, the video for The Boys of Summer popped into my head. I am trying to think of early crazy videos, there were so many…

  4. Remember our first dance when you put your hands on my shoulders and I had to move them to my hips? You had no clue.

  5. Ben, now I understand why you’re coming into work later today. Besides the aforementioned “Sledgehammer” and “Land of Confusion,” some other videos for your consideration…..

    George Harrison – “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You”
    Who doesn’t love a stuffed squirrel playing a smoking pipe like a saxophone. Also inspired Weird Al’s “This Song is Just Six Words Long.”

    Grateful Dead – “Touch of Grey”

    Fu-Schnickens featuring Shaq – “What’s Up Doc.”
    Shaq:I’m the hooper, the hyper
    Protected by Viper
    When I rock the hoop yo, you’d better decipher
    In other words you’d better make a funky decision (whoo)
    ’cause I’m a be a Shaq knife, and cut you with precision
    Forget Tony Danza, I’m the boss
    When it comes to money, I’m like Dick Butkas
    Now who’s the first pick? me, word is born and
    Not a Christean Laettner, not Alonzo Mourning
    That’s okay, not being bragadocious
    Supercalifragelistic, Shaq is alidocious
    Peace, I gotta go, I ain’t no joke
    Now I slam it (what?) jam it (unh)
    And make sure it’s broke.


    Dire Straits – “Walk of Life”
    Great song. Unfortunately, doesn’t have the sports bloopers version of this video. If only there were some other user-submitted video sharing site……

  6. I’m dead serious about “Silent Lucidity.” With that and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” she was an avid MTV watcher suddenly.

    As far as epic videos go, nothing was better than any of the videos from Use Your Illusion I and II. “November Rain,” “Don’t Cry, “Civil War,” and “You Could Be Mine,” all killer. And I didn’t even like Guns n’ Roses, just wanted to watch the videos.

  7. Is there a bigger blooper than Mark Knopfler’s headband though? A receding hairline is a receding hairline. A headband and mullet aren’t going to change that cruel fact.

  8. Also, Tad, I believe it’s spelled “saxomophone.” And “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You” was the very first cassette single I ever bought.

  9. November Rain…that takes me back. I had the sheet music for that song and I’d play some thunderous GNR on the piano to annoy my parents.

    Matthew – speaking of Faith no More, that reminds me of how you couldn’t go an hour on MTV without seeing the video for “Epic”

    I wonder whatever happened to those old VJ’s…remember Adam Curry and Downtown Julie Brown and that guy from Headbanger’s Ball (Ricky something?)

  10. I remember this video of Cheap Trick’s cover of Don’t Be Cruel giving me a bit of the vertigo from the camera swooping over the b&w tiled floor.

    Watching it again I am surprised to see that the drummer for CT was a young, laconic, chain-smoking Wilford Brimley.

  11. Erin just confessed that her first slow dance was to Extreme’s “More Than Words.” So we watched that video. Then we happened to watch the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when they’re randomly singing it at the bar. Eerie.

  12. It took three of you to remember Martha Quinn? Man, my presence is sorely missed.

    If Crossroads Church members can watch It’s Always Sunny without feeling guilty, then that’s a congregation I can join.

    Also, I’m thinking Matt Pinfield would be a fine addition to the music department for the holiday season. I can’t think of a creepier duo than that team.

  13. even eerier (is that a word?) Ben, is that right before I read your comments about “More Than Words,” we watched “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

    It features a Hawaiian version of More Than Words by a group called Aloha Sex Juice.


  14. I remember a month where Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” went up against Beastie Boys “Fight for Your Right” to see who finished atop the MTV Daily Countdown. Def Leppard won every day, and my brother and I cheered every single time.

    Now, the ironic thing, my favorite video of alltime is Beastie Boys’ SABOTAGE!!!

  15. Nothing was better than finding your Verve Pipe CD in Caples so we could listen to “Freshman” on repeat while playing NBA Live at three in the morning. Lost innocence, Denys. That’s what the song is about.

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