Ten Criteria for the Perfect 80's Music Video, Groups Beginning with R

Compiled mostly by Chris Pyhtila with the help of Andy Pachmayer, Chris Burger, and Aaron Fynewever

Further commentary added by ChuckyG and various web visitors...

This page currently edited by: Rio Rhodes. Past editor: Rock 'n' Roll Fan

The Original Criteria

  1. At least one babe
  2. Poofy hair
  3. Torn clothing
  4. Cheesy keyboards
  5. At least one change of clothing
  6. Stage effects (smoke, lasers, etc.) or visual effects (artist jumping through a TV, disappearing, etc.)
  7. Wild instrumental or record scratch solo
  8. A storyline
  9. A cool car (although any kind of transportation is acceptable, like a plane or a car or a motorcycle)
  10. Sunglasses

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Randy Newman's, "I Love LA"
  1. Babes? The "big nasty redhead" riding in the convertible
  2. Poofy Hair? The redhead has poofy hair
  3. Torn Clothing? The punk rockers have torn clothing
  4. Cheesy Keyboards? The band Toto playing on the rooftop of the Shangri La Hotel in Santa Monica while Randy and the redhead are doing the Tango.
  5. At Least One Change of Clothing? The two main characters don't change their clothing but you do see a lot of interesting clothes as Randy and the redhead cruise the streets of LA from Santa Monica Blvd. (We Love It) to the Valley (We Love It)
  6. Stage Effects? The black and white opening in New York City going in to the colorful quick sequence of people and places in Los Angeles is visually outstanding.
  7. Wild Instrumental solo? It may not necessarily be a "wild instrumental" but there is the instrumental where you see the mega-80's group, Toto, playing on the rooftop of the Shangri La in Santa Monica while Randy and the redhead dance the tango.
  8. Storyline? Randy and the redhead leave New York City for a place that's warmer and the people are way more cool. Cruising Los Angeles they see why everyone "loves LA"...."We Love It!"
  9. Cool Automobile? the red 1950's Buick
  10. Sunglasses? Randy and the redhead are wearing sunglasses
Submitted by: Laura Granito
Ratt's, "Lay It Down"
  1. Babes? the girl that grows to be stephen's pearcy's "love"
  2. Poofy Hair? Hey it's RATT !!! .... and the girl in the video has a poofy hairdo too
  3. Torn Clothing? Warren de martini's pants
  4. Cheesy Keyboards? nope.... but is glam rock.....i think it makes for a key board right??
  5. At Least One Change of Clothing? Steaphen pearcy changes 3 times
  6. Stage Effects? a lot of fog
  7. Wild Instrumental solo? Warren de martini's slol in the middle of the song
  8. Storyline? yup.... a little boy at his 7 year party that wants to lay down with this little girl when they grow up
  9. Cool Automobile? ...... nope
  10. Sunglasses? yup.... steaphen pearcy again....
Submitted by: Gilberto Chavez
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Roll)"
  1. Babes? Yes.
  2. Poofy Hair? Absolutely. The Rick Roll is very well-known for this.
  3. Torn Clothing? No, but the trench coat is way better!
  4. Cheesy Keyboards? None visible, but clearly audible.
  5. At Least One Change of Clothing? Yes. Rick Ashley changes clothing several times, and wears two different colored trench coats.
  6. Stage Effects? Yes, including fog and moving lights.
  7. Wild Instrumental solo? Yes, the drum beats at the beginning alert you that you have just been Rick Rolled.
  8. Storyline? Not really, but the video is so repetitive, which makes up for it.
  9. Cool Automobile? No, cool cars are so 2000s.
  10. Sunglasses? Yes. The very large sunglasses that were very popular in the 80s and early 90s.
Submitted by: Alex
Songs beginning with: [Index] [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z] [misc]
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