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.
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