Watching This 1988 Pet Shop Boys Music Video For “Always On My Mind” Will Grant You Diplomatic Immunity

I’ve mentioned before that in my youth, music wasn’t really a big thing in my household. I had access to my Father’s collection of Beatles albums, and a handful of kid friendly music but relaxing by listening to records or the radio wasn’t something that we did.

That all started to change around 1984 when our local cable provider began supplying Nickelodeon in the basic cable package. I would typically get home from school, watch Transformers and G.I. Joe and then tune into Nickelodeon to catch TV shows like Out of Control and Turkey TV as well as Nick Rocks.

"Nick Rocks" (Videos to Go) Nickelodeon from Robert Lyons on Vimeo.

That would eventually lead me to watching WTBS’s Night Tracks, staying up during Summer break and recording my favorite music videos. One that caught my attention was by a band I had never heard of called the Pet Shop Boys, a rather bizarre video featuring Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe in a Taxi when they stop to pick up a strange old man played by Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2, The Hunt for Red October) who mutters hilarious…and sometimes creepy comments.
[Via] EMI Music

It wasn’t until many years later I realized that the music video was part of the Pet Shop Boys film entitled It Couldn’t Happen Here. But my Father and I certainly recognized Joss Ackland in 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2, all thanks to watching that Pet Shop Boys music video.

[Via] Loiter Clips


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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