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Asia Videos [Clean]

Everyone knows Duran Duran videos. They were the best of the best in the golden era of MTV. Their complex visuals and storylines in videos like “Rio”, “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “New Moon On Monday”, and their other hits were light years ahead of the standard “band on stage” videos. In fact, I think the shot in “Rio” of the female model with the blue wave on her face is about as quintessential MTV as you can get. I even remember one magazine asking the question, “Is Duran Duran Just A Video Band?” It was one of the first controversies I experienced in my young life.

But what about Asia videos. Asia was the band with those awesome album covers. They were also somewhat of a superband, comprised of members from other notable bands, but I didn’t know that at the time. What I did know is that Asia had videos that could rival Duran Duran’s. Here’s a few:

I barely remembered this video about ten years ago. I didn’t remember it was Asia, but I thought it might be. So I searched “Asia videos”. This was about six months before YouTube launched. Turns out there is an adult actress called Asia. Let’s just say I didn’t find what I was looking for. Six months later, YouTube was on the scene, and “Don’t Cry” was there for the easy finding. The video is one of my absolute favorites and can rival any other MTV classic.

One of my fav Asia songs, if not fav videos. This one belongs at the bottom of the stack, but still belongs in the stack.

Why is this one so good? I have no idea. It’s kind of silly. It seems I even remember someone parodying it. But I can’t get over it. Silly or not, it worked then and still works today.

This one I barely remember, but it, too, is classic. Band plays in studio while weird French film that almost-but-not-quite matches the lyrics plays. I can read some of the French sub-titles, and I like the twist at the end of the little girl coming in the room. Most videos of that era had such a twist, and that’s a good one.

So, yes, Duran Duran’s videos were great. But don’t forget Asia’s videos. They were pretty great, too.

5 thoughts on “Asia Videos [Clean]

  1. mwentworth says:

    Doug, this is one of my favorite bands that I so often forget about. I loved the sound and the album covers, but missed alot of the videos back when. I was always puzzled because music critics and folks in general talked about Asia being a dissapointment. I didn’t have any expectations for them, so I thought they were great.

  2. plcary says:

    Count me as a big Asia fan too. Takes me back to 80s nights watching Night Tracks and Friday Night Videos.

  3. I’ve not heard much good about them, either, which I think it strange. Their music speaks to me, as do their videos, so I don’t care what anyone else says. I can listen to “Don’t Cry” six times in a row (and have!).

  4. Mizphit says:

    I liked alot of stuff from Asia. “Gypsy Soul” from the Over The Top soundtrack is another great tune from them.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    In my high-school days, Asia was greeted with huge expectations when the band was announced.
    If I remember correctly, the mixture of band members from Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer created this preconceived notion of a super-band that would merge and bring their timeless music back to life and into the ears of hardcore 70s rock fans, suffering in the age of synth pop.

    But of course, Asia had to adapt to modern ears and brought prog rock to pop levels (or so it seemed) so these tunes with their subdued guitars and neutered keyboard sounds got lots of airplay on radio, roller discos and hard rock stations (especially Heat Of The Moment and Only Time Will Tell, which paled in comparison to crunchy guitar bands and standard classics like Led Zep and such).

    It was an unfair comparison, but inevitable, since the fans were largely the same as the leather-wearing beer crowds.

    So this wave of disappointment followed mentions of the band.
    But, in actuality, the songs were great, catchy (if a bit on the ballad side) and in fact, the band lives on to this day.
    They had many breakups, reunions and pros joining them (the mark of a true ‘Super-Band’), but their Wiki shows continual activity to this day.

    I’m stunned at this revelation, to be honest.
    But then, these guys are real musicians and real pros.
    You love doing something, you stick to it.

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