24. Earth, Wind & Fireplace, “Let us Groove” (dir. Ron Hays)
This was a comparatively higher-funds, technically formidable online video for its time, reflecting EWF’s position as a single of the leading R&B acts of the former 10 years. The online video capabilities electronic results created by director Hays using an analog computer system procedure. Bruno Mars was not even born when “Let’s Groove” was a strike, but the online video obviously motivated his 2013 “Treasure” video clip. “Let’s Groove,” an extremely-catchy, extremely-professional, defiantly disco smash (unveiled a lot more than two a long time just after disco was pronounced useless) reached No. 3 on the Scorching 100. Alas, it was the last leading 10 strike for this good band. — P.G.
23. The Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” (dir. Julien Temple)
The Julien Temple-helmed films for Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” in essence created a rockabilly revival out of slim air, with the Brian Setzer-led trio’s iconoclastic seem and image generating them a phenomenon on both equally sides of the Atlantic in the early ’80s. “Strut” was the far more memorably cartoonish of the clips, but “City” was previously and extra kinetic, a Saturday night’s worth of pleasure in 2:40 of bowling, jukebox demolition and swing dancing — presaging the next time Setzer would just take around MTV with an unlikely retro wave. — A.U.
22. Gleaming Spires, “Are You All set For the Intercourse Girls?” (dir. unknown)
Just one of the earliest and purest illustrations of a experimented with-and-legitimate MTV staple: pairing a conceptually easy audio video with a music that couldn’t have considerably less to do with its visual. In this case, new wavers Gleaming Spires (led by Sparks’ then-new rhythm area Leslie Bohem and David Kendrick) matched an inscrutable lyric, loosely about sexual aggravation and fascination, with a movie that highlighted the duo baking a lemon meringue pie. It shouldn’t perform, certainly, but the non-sequitur clip reveals its absurdist brilliance gradually — assisted by sporadic times of synchronization, like dough being slapped in time to a synth strike — and by the end, you are absolutely salivating for that damn pie. — A.U.
21. Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Lady” (self-directed)
Costing less than $1,500, the video clip served catapult the photogenic (to set it mildly) Springfield to stardom in element thanks to his angst-ridden general performance (contacting on his Normal Hospital acting chops). Shot partially at 3:00 a.m. in the alley powering the Guitar Center on Sunset in advance of he and his band obtained chased off, the clip properly captures Springfield’s seething, scarcely restrained jealousy each time he sees Jessie with the woman he so desperately covets. Springfield’s skinny tie and boxy suit could appear dated, but unrequited enthusiasm never ever goes out of type. (Points far too for the cameo at the end by Springfield’s pet, Ron, who also appears on the Doing the job Course Dog album protect) — MELINDA NEWMAN