Friday, September 30, 2011

Music Week: 1988 -- "Simply Irresistible"

We're wrapping up Music Week with a look at a song that has one of the most memorable videos ever -- 1988's "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer.

Nearly everybody's at least aware of it, regardless of whether or not they had MTV. A follow-up to his similarly themed video (and no less iconic) "Addicted to Love," "Simply Irresistible" saw the uber-smooth Palmer crooning it up with a bevvy of nonchalant models standing around in the background. Red lips! Undulating beauties in swimsuits! Words like "inscrutable" and "irrefutable"! Video aside, what I really liked about it was the sweet "whip-schwiiing!" sounds.

I can think of a few songs with equally iconic videos -- ones that really changed the way videos were perceived: "Thriller," of course. "Money For Nothing." "Sledgehammer."

How about you? Were you a Palmer fan? And what's your all-time most innovative music video from the '80s?


Anonymous said...

All time, most innovative music video of the '80's? Hands down it's "Take on Me" by Aha.

Brian said...

@Anonymous: As much as I love "Take On Me," it has some serious challengers as to the "most innovative" title. Devo, the Cars, Thomas Dolby, Talking Heads and others were doing incredibly creative stuff, in some cases well before MTV.

Not in that category but still innovative was Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" with its primitive CGI. It's almost comical now in its crudeness, but when it came out it was a real game-changer.

Anonymous said...

I loved Robert Palmer! As far as most innovative video, I'd have to give the prize to Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" because it marked the change from cheesy smoke machines and synthesizers to more high-quality videos with storylines and sophisticated visual effects.