Today’s prompt is Passenger
…and immediately, I began singing in my head.
Singin’ la la la la la-la-la la / La la la la la-la-la la / La la la la la-la-la la la-la
I grew up in the 80’s when music videos were just beginning…and Richard Blade was becoming Iconic for KROQ, local radio station in Southern California. That radio station ended up becoming HUGE to high schoolers and college students, and any adult that liked music they eventually dubbed “Alternative” and many of these bands were discovered by legendary, Rodney on the Roq. He enjoyed the darker bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, those that wouldn’t get normal air-time by other radio stations, he would play these bands late in the evening.
There was an old TV show that started called Video Hits 1, and they played on Channel 9 or 13, after school – around 3:30 in the afternoon. I think I was 9 or 10 and Richard Blade was the announcer between videos. During commercials, they kept airing advertisements for this MTV, Music Television Video, that was coming. In 1981, MTV was launched. And it was so amazing, so much better than what it has become today…with reality shows and such. That Video Hits 1 T.V. show was short lived, later in 1985 it became VH1 and a cable competitor of MTV.
I spent so many hours watching MTV in my youth, where all this New Wave music, such as Adam Ant’s Stand and Deliver. I wanted to put on Indian War Paint and Siouxsie and Banshee’s Spellbound, where she wore this mesmerizing red cloak, somewhat like a dress, and danced around. “You’re spinning, you have no choice.” I can’t find that version of the video any longer. Then it was more punk rock Billy Idol would be up there Dancing with myself, and White Wedding.
And it wasn’t just New Wave/Punk Rock Bands making videos, but rock bands such as Van Halen. Frontman, David Lee Roth, was a natural for making videos. My favorite intro ever, is him in a medicine man Headdress at a gas-n-mini mart. I believe it was the Yankee Rose Video, With the famous line
“Gimme a bottle of anything, and a glazed donut…to go!”
And we can’t leave out rap music, RUN DMC – and they paired up with Aerosmith to make their version of Walk This Way.
In Billy Idol’s book, he talks about how he was coming up with a lot of great artists, and in fact, he and Siouxsie used to hang out when they were teens and just making names for themselves. And he talked about how if anyone was going to make it, they were forced to do these videos as they were the future and only way to really make it in the industry. The original White Wedding Video MTV refused to play until it was a toned down a bit.
Wow, so much happened during the 80’s decade, and The Passenger is a perfect way to sum it up, it was a great ride!