Music Video of the Day: The Tide Is High by Blondie (1980, dir. Hart Perry)


This is the second version of The Tide Is High (first version). Any sexual stuff is gone. Even Horny Vader only makes a confusing appearance at the end–without any buildup.

The video stays the same until the squatting-Debbie scene. That’s when a video effect kicks in that brings in other footage on top of the floor.

From then on, things are different. Here are some examples.

They still leave in the rocket, but the video comes across like it was supposed to be about a disaster that the band was fleeing, which is how they end up on the space station, or whatever that is supposed to be.

The video says it is the “director’s cut.” That wouldn’t surprise me for a couple of reasons.

  1. Director’s cuts of videos happen. There’s one of Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana.
  2. There seems to be a drop in quality when you hit the new footage. That suggests that it was recovered and inserted back in with the higher quality stuff that wasn’t cut.
  3. It doesn’t seem to fit the lyrics. It’s more trippy. I’ll give it that. I assume somebody else thought so too, which is how we got the first version as well the third one.

The third one brings back the sexual stuff in a big way. But it also brings an element of the song to the video that neither of these do.

Enjoy!

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One response to “Music Video of the Day: The Tide Is High by Blondie (1980, dir. Hart Perry)

  1. Pingback: Music Video of the Day: The Tide Is High by Blondie (1981, dir. Brian Grant) | Through the Shattered Lens

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