It’s my favorite time of the year–South by Southwest is here! I love music, but I’m actually a bit partial to the film portion of this ever-growing festival. There’s something decadent about enjoying quiet moments from a comfy theater seat in the middle of the madness…
Something happened last month–I found the Vevo channel through my Roku. Yes, I’m a little late in the game here, but the thought of being able to watch music videos on demand on my TV has led to many hours of dancing around my living room as a form of exercise and pure recreation. This channel has brought back the magic of watching MTV as a kid–you know, back when they played videos all day. Guess what video popped up during my first viewing binge? Today’s featured piece: “Promised You a Miracle” by Simple Minds. How had I never seen this video before?! Maybe because this 1982 track predated the band’s more commercial hits that emerged mid-decade. The video is filled with amazing style elements. In fact, it could inspire the design of a room.
For our second installment of ’80s Music Video Land, we shine the spotlight on ABC. The band’s music videos beautifully capture an upscale romantic vibe, a world in which characters enjoy the finer things in life while navigating the difficulties of love. Which is exactly what we love about “Poison Arrow,” a track from ABC’s 1982 debut album The Lexicon of Love. From lead singer Martin Fry’s beloved gold lamé suit to the sparkling rhinestones of the leading lady’s necklace (that’s restaurateur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump!), the fashion in this video is dramatic. Much like the lyrics of the song. And don’t get us started on the interior design!
Today we begin a new series on Mirror80! It’s one I’ve been excited about for quite some time now. I’ve made no secret of my love for ’80s music videos, and I’ve spent time discussing why they’re so dreamy. During the Decade of Decadence, the music video was a new outlet for expressing creativity, so artists tried just about anything and everything to make an impact. And some AMAZING visual styles resulted. Which is why today we launch ’80s Music Video Land! A couple times a month, I’ll be featuring a super-stylish 1980s music video, then delving into the visual style headfirst. Fashion, interior design, art–we’ll cover it all!
Folks, it’s been a crazy week! Tomorrow I’m having outpatient surgery. Not a big deal, but the paperwork and appointments involved have been a bit time consuming! I’ve actually been too busy to worry about the procedure, which is probably a good thing. When it sinks in that I’ll be on the operating table tomorrow, I’ll be watching this Weird Al Yankovic video for a few laughs…
Happy Halloween week, Everyone! We thought we’d get the ball rolling by sharing some of our favorite spooky ’80s videos of all time! Seriously–these are some of our top video picks, regardless of their dark undertones. Not only do they showcase the best in 1980s style (hair, makeup, fashion and more), they’re just plain fun! And some are simply beautiful. The links that follow will lead you to each music video in its original Mirror80 post. Yes, these videos are so epic, each one was honored with its very own blog post in years past! Enjoy, and we hope your week is off to a festive start…
It’s a new week, and there are many fun things in store… Tomorrow is our next Retro Foodie photo shoot featuring some ’80s-style fall treats. Wednesday I head to Round Top and Warrenton, TX for one of the largest antique and collectibles events in the country. Yes, I’m hoping to score some amazing retro finds! And I also have a few design projects planned this week, which is why I ordered the two vinyl items you see above–for listening AND for framing.
Folks, if you were a kid in the ’80s, this is the Rod Stewart you knew. Sorry to all you fans of his “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” days. Not that there’s a lack of sexiness here. This sultry video features Stewart as an obsessed neighbor tracking the object of his desire. Add a couple of “bad guys” and you have the ingredients for a little drama.
Crystal chandeliers, white tigers, pink flamingos, neon lipstick, diamonds, casinos, race cars, bikinis, palm trees, and some crazy editing… That’s what you’ll find in the video for “Reaching Out” by Nero, today’s Friday Video Pick! When it came to pairing visuals with rhythms, the UK-based electronic group went all out for this track from their 2011 debut album.
OK, so technically this Friday Video Pick is a Saturday Video Pick! But yesterday I was scrubbing the walls, floors and counters of my old place so we could close up shop there and focus on getting settled at our new place. I’m grateful to have this weekend to start unpacking and making my way through the mess of cardboard boxes that awaits me. Which is why I’m needing some energetic music to keep me going… Thank goodness for JoBoxers!!!