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Video: The look and sound of the 1980s

Date posted: 18 Jan 2013Author: STC

Inspired by the 1980s spirit of the delightful School Dance, we did a straw poll of STC staff, as well as the cast/creative team of the show, to find out what was the greatest music video of that fine decade. Here are the results of our highly scientific research...

One of the most popular popular videos was the highly focused and very clever Sledgehammerby Peter Gabriel:



A genuine classic of the era was Michael Jackson's seminal Thriller. The special effects are enough to make you weep:



It only just makes it into the decade, but Faith No More's truly over-the-top video Epicwas another one that struck a chord with STC staffers:



The delicious narrative antics of Take on Meby A-Ha was a wide favourite:



As was Madonna's incomparable Borderline, in which she proves beyond doubt that she is truly the Queen of Accessories:



One timeless classic (that harks from the days when George Michael was a hetero pin-up) is the Wham masterpiece Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go:



Close to home, one popular video was INXS' very arty video for What you need:



Another Aussie favourite was Kylie Minogue's effervescent Locomotion. We challenge you not to bop along:



Kate Bush was a popular choice, both for Cloudbustingand for the choreographic genius that is Running up that Hill:



Perhaps the most popular (and the most insane) is Bonnie Tyler's utterly bizarre gothic dream/nightmare Total Eclipse of the Heart. Eat it up:



Final word has to go to Spandau Ballet, who gave us a whole lot of kilt-y goodness in Cut A Long Story Short, but truly struck gold with Gold, a song that happily features prominently in School Dance:



School Dance, Wharf 1 Theatre, 10 January - 3 February, 2013.