Today’s music video of the day is Richard Marx’s Don’t Mean Nothin’. This video was directed by Dominic Sena, who later directed films like Kalifornia, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Swordfish. Let’s break it down and see if this video really don’t mean nothin’.
0:03 — I’m not sure but I think we may be in Hollywood.
0:04 — These scenes of Los Angeles street life will be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie about a small town girl moving to the big city to pursue her dreams.
0:18 — Welcome to Shangri-La!
0:26 — Cynthia Rhodes plays the small town girl. You may recognize her from Flashdance, Staying Alive, and Dirty Dancing. At the time this video was shot, she was dating Richard Marx. She would marry him a year later. They divorced in 2014.
0:38 — The sleazy apartment manager is played by the one and only G.W. Bailey. Bailey has been in a ton of television shows and movies. If you don’t know him from M*A*S*H, you probably know him from the Police Academy films.
0:48 — Cynthia knows what ol’ G.W. was doing back there.
0:55 — Richard Marx’s father was in advertising and Richard Marx started his singing career when he was five years old and he performed a jingle that his father had written. When Marx was 17, he moved to Los Angeles. This song was based on his experiences.
1:14 — Cynthia’s barely been in Hollywood for a week and she’s already got an audition! That’s better that most small town girls do in the big city.
1:38 — Another great moment from G.W. Bailey.
1:53 — Cynthia is shocked! to discover what goes on in Hollywood.
2:09 — Richard says, “Drink up and enjoy the show!” Cynthia is not amused.
2:24 — More Hollywood stock footage.
2:44 — That’s Joe Walsh of the Eagles on guitar.
2:59 — Proof that this video was made in 1988: Richard hands over a cassette of his music.
3:24 — Disgusted to see that Cynthia’s become either a maid or a waitress, Richard stops the music and throws away his future.
3:27 — There’s a lot of hockey hair in this video.
3:38 — Ol’ G.W.’s in trouble now.
3:42 — Are they taking pictures of G.W. getting beaten up? Or does G.W. own a strobe light?
4:08 — Cynthia finally feels comfortable enough to wear an ugly sweater in L.A. and Richard has switched to decaf.
4:20 — A new small town girl arrives. Cynthia tells her where she can find Ol’ G.W.
4:24 — Cynthia and Richard shares a smile and a private laugh as the new girl naively plunges into the moral abyss that is Hollywood.
4:32 — Don’t worry. It don’t mean nothin’ at all.