Music Video of the Day: High In High School by Madam X (1984, dir. Marcelo Epstein)

After doing a song by Vixen, I knew I would find a Madam X video somewhere.

Madam X are a metal band that was originally formed by the Petrucci sisters–Maxine and Roxy. Roxy Petrucci would go on to be in Vixen. The band went through several band changes including bringing in Sebastian Bach before he went on to be in Skid Row. From what I can tell, this song is their most successful one. What a video they made for it.

The video begins by introducing us to our main character played by a guy I have a strong feeling I’ve seen in something else. I wanna say he is the doorman in Harden My Heart by Quarterflash. He is startled by the school bell ringing.

Then the teacher comes in who I’m quite sure is played by guitarist Maxine Petrucci.

With a little jump cut, they are now in a prison, like a certain other video that takes place in a high school.

The bars come down on the window next to our hero.

The main reason I think Maxine plays the teacher is because I’m betting those are the two male members of the band–Bret Kaiser and Chris Doliber.

Our hero looks inside of his desk. Inside, he sees the band performing on a history book.

Of course simply looking inside of your desk and smiling means that the teacher and class are going to scream the chorus at you.

The teacher looks inside his desk. Seeing herself playing guitar lets him off the hook for now.

Meanwhile, one of the other band members is trying to make fire.

Teach now pulls out a leopard. With a little of laying on of the hands…

she gives birth to her sister Roxy.

Now the class sings the lyrics, “you’ll never pass by kissing ass,” at the teacher.

One look from teacher, and a grin from our hero, the class now has their heads replaced by things like a globe and a pyramid.

The teacher comes over to grab our hero’s ear, which stretches like Silly Putty.

After the band plays some more, the desks open up…

to reveal that their actual heads are trapped inside the desks.

The teacher is gone now. I’m just going to assume this very quick cut to Maxine holding what looks like his ear is supposed to mean she transported into his desk.

Our hero leaps up on her desk to reveal that he is a fan of the band.

The class are now zombies apparently. With them bearing down on him…

he leaps into his desk, but appears to hold on for a while for some reason.

After a little flip…

he lands and jumps into the arms of the lead-singer to end the video.

The video was directed by Marcelo Epstein. He only did a handful of videos such as Looks That Kill by Mötley Crüe.

The video was produced by Alexis Omeltchenko and Joanna Bongiovanni.


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