A Time Specials presentation….
Thirty years ago, on August 1, 1981, MTV began to beam a budding art form — the music video — into homes across the U.S. TIME takes a look back at the most memorable clips from three decades worth of music television.
Below are some of my favourites from the list. It’s strange how the earlier videos seem to be so much better with them bordering on positively boring midway but picking up again in the mid to late 2000’s.
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime (1980)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (1984) not far off 15 minutes long!
Godley & Creme – Cry (1985)
A-Ha – Take On Me (1985)
Run DMC & Aerosmith – Walk This Way (1986)
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity (1996)
OK Go – Here It Goes Again (2006)
Beyonce – Single Ladies (2008)