THE FIRST 10 VIDEOS TO AIR ON MTV
So, in the 1980's MTV was a channel that played actual music videos and offered music news segments. These days your more likely to flip on MTV to find shows like Pre-Teen & Pregnant, or something like that. We thought we'd bring you back to a much better time. The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star was the first video to air on MTV...Most people know that...Do you know the first 10 videos to air on MTV? Well, here's how it happened.
1 • The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
3 • Rod Stewart - She Won't Dance With Me
4 • The Who - You Better Bet
9 • REO Speedwagon - Take it on the Run
The 80s was a decade known for its style. Fashion was fun, playful, big, bold, and wild, and the hairstyles were no different. It’s easy to capture the spirit of the 80s by experimenting with your hair. Here are a couple of how-to's, followed by some photos that we found around the internet that we thought might be inspirational.
1. The Side Ponytail
One of the simplest 80s hairstyles that virtually anyone with medium to long hair can pull off is the side ponytail. The higher the ponytail and the bigger the scrunchie, the better this do will look. Simply gather your hair as if you were preparing a normal ponytail and then brush it to the side. Use a big, colorful scrunchie to hold it in place.
If you have bangs, try teasing them to their fullest for an added punch of 80s playfulness. This look goes best with big, dangling earrings, baggy sweaters paired with tight leggings, and/or anything that’s every bit as colorful and bold as this daring look.
2. The Big Perm (perm or temp)
A more permanent 80s look is the big perm. Think Madonna/Julia Roberts wild, full curls. You can get a perm at virtually any salon and then use special volume enhancing products to give your hair that full look. A perm looks even better and even more 80s if you already have natural curls.
If you’re not ready to commit to a perm, you can get temporary curls by using small rollers overnight or using a curling iron. Just remember that this look is meant to appear just-rolled-out-of-bed-casual, so don’t spend too much time on it. Simply condition your hair, let it air dry, and then use a pick to get through the tough knots and tangles.
3. Big Bangs
Another big tip to remember when going for that 80s look is that it’s all about the bangs. The bigger and crazier your bangs are, the better. We suggest teasing your bangs to the max, either straight up or into a feathered style, and then spraying with as much maximum hold hair spray as you can stand. When you sport this hairstyle, however, keep in mind that all the attention should be on your hair, not on your clothes. So for once, you can tone down the wild clothing. This hairstyle looks best with a simple, solid colored blouse or t-shirt, jeans or slacks, and basic jewelry and make-up.
Crimping is another popular style that can give you that 80s vibe, and it’s incredibly easy to get the look. If you have the time, you can get crimps just by braiding all of your hair into tiny braids and sleeping on them overnight. When you take the braids out in the morning, you’ll have an instant head full of crimps and you can simply spray and go. If you don’t want to sleep on a head full of braids, you can also get the look with any curling iron or flat iron set to maximum heat. You simply make crimps by closing the iron on your hair and then in a wave-like motion moving down the section of hair to create crimps throughout. If you’re really dedicated to the look and think you’ll want to do it often, you might want to purchase a crimping iron for quicker, more polished looking crimps. While crimps can go with any ensemble, we just love when they are paired with long, flowing dresses with bold, floral prints or patterns. This look gives the wearer a sensuous-but-sweet wild child of the 80s look.
So the big night is now a little less than a month away and some of you may still be worried, as you haven't a thing to wear. Fear not, we're here to help. Below are some of the hottest 80's Prom outfits we could find online. Take a good look through these photographs. Find inspiration...find magic.
Unless you totally live under a rock and have since 1983 then you're familiar with the movie & song Ghostbusters. It was released on June 8th 1984 and while millions know, sing along, and get the track stuck in their heads, not everyone has seen the video, which challenged the movie when it came to badass graphics. Check out the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Theme to Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr below!
1985 was most definitely a transitional year in pop music, a period that straddled the latter zone of new wave and synth pop and the early rumblings of hair metal. But in its own way, it often reflected neither of these styles, occupying its own special space during the decade. There was room for straight-ahead rock here but also unabashed dance music and post-new wave keyboard pop. In essence, perhaps 1985 was the most organic and welcoming year of the decade in terms of musical variety. However described, here's a list - in no particular order - of some of 1985's best and most memorable pop songs.
-Credit: Steve Peake
1. Tears for Fears - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
In 1985 this song was everywhere and everything to music fans. It sports a highly accessible pop/dance beat, immediate and forceful melodies, and some power guitars at just the right moments. All of those elements add up to one of the strongest singles of the '80s, a tune that spotlights the soaring vocals of Roland Orzabal as well as some intriguing lyrical social commentary. As inspiring as the music may be, the words are downcast, maybe even dystopic, as the idea of "holding hands while the walls come tumblin' down" sounds a bit more like Nero than Martin Luther King. Tears for Fears propagated thinking man's rock at a time when such music rarely captured the spotlight. This track is the epitome of that description even as it delights.
2. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
Though known most perhaps for its memorable animated music video, this familiar Dire Straits tune offers several elements that were a relative scarcity during much of the '80s: attitude, humor and self-deprecation. And combined with Mark Knopfler's already well-established guitar heroics (his guitar riff in this song remains one of rock's most unforgettable) and a once-in-a-lifetime melodic hook in the bridge ("We've got to install microwave ovens…, custom kitchen deliveries"), the song's positive attributes accumulate to form a searing, singular '80s moment. At the time, I remember thinking I'd heard this track too many times to ever miss it, but its sound structure and unique perspective hold up tremendously well all these years later.
3. Mr. Mister - "Broken Wings"
The spiritual, nearly religious blue-eyed soul of this song, another No. 1 hit that ruled the airwaves in 1985, blended post-new wave musicianship with solid songwriting to become an indelible track of the decade. The band that produced the hit drew plenty of scorn for its slick, deliberately polished approach, but as veterans of the L.A. session musician scene the group's members probably simply drew from broad stylistic influences as a matter of course. This may have led to what some perceived as watered-down, blustery ear candy, but the melodies continue to soar… as if on wholly functional wings. Richard Page is a fine singer, and the performance here can scarcely be denied as one of the decade's most impassioned.
4. Animotion - "Obsession"
One-hit wonder or not, this synth pop/dance hybrid earned its place in the '80s pantheon through its brash, sultry and over-the-top composition even more than its gaudy presentation. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that underachieving glam rock legend Michael Des Barres co-wrote the tune a few years earlier, pouring in a singular brand and level of flamboyance that stood out like nothing else could. As for the song itself, group leaders Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane lend an effectively campy chemistry to the proceedings, but there has never been any doubt that the keyboard riff is the central treat of this particular 80's dance floor confection.
5. 'Til Tuesday - "Voices Carry"
Nowadays, Aimee Mann stands among the finest and most challenging singer-songwriters of her generation, displaying a prolific output that almost always generates much critical acclaim. Back in the '80s as the sometimes rat-tailed leader of new wave outfit 'Til Tuesday, she likewise presided over a series of strong if overlooked pop/rock releases. However, on one occasion the band broke through to the big time, issuing this nearly flawless pop single that reached No. 8 in 1985. Combining dreamy keyboards with a uniquely feminist theme of romantic independence, Mann & Co. became the stuff of '80s legend.
6. Corey Hart - "Never Surrender"
Though most people remember this Canadian singer-songwriter for wearing ultraviolet-protective eye-wear at inappropriate times of the day (that is, after dusk), his highest-charting and probably his finest single was this rousing No. 3 hit. And the thing about Hart that few probably realized at the time is that he was a genuine artist in charge of his own material. There weren't any professional songwriting teams involved here, just a straightforward mainstream rocker with a hefty sensitive side. If you ever need fist-pumping arena rock-styled inspiration for a workday, just crank this one up and ignore your shortcomings for a moment.
7. a-Ha - "Take on Me"
When the topic of this song (or the Norwegian band that recorded it) comes up, most music fans tend to remember the track's groundbreaking animated music video most strongly. Or maybe they make fun of the falsetto lead vocals that threaten to break glass items in kitchen cabinets halfway across town. But in reality, the most notable aspect of this No. 1 hit is not even its unforgettable keyboard opening and repeated riff theme but its overall quality from start to finish. American listeners probably never figured out exactly what these particular Scandinavians were singing about, but most of us knew transcendent pop when we heard it. And that, in many ways, has always been enough.
8. Phil Collins & Philip Bailey - "Easy Lover"
Whoever thought of throwing one of soul and funk's finest falsetto singers together with the very Caucasian Phil Collins must have received a glut of raised eyebrows and sideways glances upon his or her introduction of the idea. But somehow the odd pairing works wonders on this spirited mid-tempo rocker that the two artists also co-wrote together. No one's ever accused Collins of not being a fine singer, but Bailey's presence helps reduce the passion deficit that plagues some of Collins' milquetoast solo performances like "Sussudio."Muscular guitar also helps make the most of each singer's stylistic strengths. Melodically rich and filled with energy and fun, this is one of Collins' finest all-time moments.
9. ABC - "Be Near Me"
It took a reader's earnest, almost desperate struggle to identify the performer of this tune for me to realize how stately and delicately brilliant it is as a pop song. This British band's mixture of debonair synth pop with an underlying Motown obsession most definitely lent a unique element to '80s music. Ultimately, the song itself becomes a bit overly repetitive, but the firm grasp of melody displayed at its core helps make up for such indulgences. Only certain British bands could get away with this kind of cloying, excessive and tacky elegance, and ABC was certainly one of them.
10. Survivor - "High on You"
Smack dab in the middle of Reagan's rising War on Drugs, leave it to an earnest, power ballad-primed pop/rock band like Survivor to undermine that campaign through an unintentionally satirical use of romantic metaphor. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into this. Probably what we have here is just one of mainstream rock's most straightforward bands having a little fun. In a typically overwrought manner the band shared with competitors like Journey and Foreigner, Survivor makes an accurate if forced comparison between the ravages of drug addiction and the steely grip of infatuation. Or something.
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Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the 1980s. The childlike Pee-wee Herman character developed as a stage act that quickly led to an HBO special in 1981. As the stage performance gained further popularity, Reubens took the character to motion picture withPee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, toning down the adult innuendo for the appeal of children. This paved the way for Pee-wee's Playhouse, an Emmy Award winning children's series that ran on CBS from 1986-1991. Another film, Big Top Pee-wee, was released in 1988.
Reubens's arrest for public masturbation on July 26, 1991, caused a media frenzy over the actor and his Pee-wee Herman character. After being in a state of shock for weeks, Reubens was haunted by the arrest for several years, refusing to give interviews or appear on talk shows. Due to the negative media attention, Reubens decided to shelve his alter ego during the 1990s.
In this public service announcement from the 1980's Pee Wee Herman let's the children of America know the dangers of Crack Cocaine!
The Cure live at the N.E.C., Birmingham on 20 September 1985.
1. The Baby Screams (part) (0:07)
2. Play For Today (2:13)
3. A Night Like This (6:09)
4. Primary (10:55)
5. Kyoto Song (14:25)
6. The Blood (19:25)
7. The Hanging Garden (23:10)
8. Cold (27:39)
9. In Between Days (32:00)
10. Let's Go To Bed (35:02)
11. The Walk (38:20)
12. Push (41:43)
13. Screw (45:44)
14. Sinking (48:10)
15. Charlotte Sometimes (52:58)
16. A Forest (56:51)
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"Notorious" is the 14th single by Duran Duran. It was released internationally by EMI on 20 October 1986. "Notorious" was the first single issued from the album Notorious, and the first released by Duran Duran as a 3-piece band after the departure of Roger and Andy Taylor. It was a success worldwide, reaching #7 in the UK, #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was a success in various other countries.
The young model Christy Turlington appeared in outdoor scenes with the band. A still photo from this location was used as the cover of the album Notorious.