Over this past week, I’ve been sharing the first music videos that played on MTV on August 1s,t 1981. Little Suzi’s On The Up was the fifth music video to be shown on that day, following The Who’s You Better You Bet. Unlike many of the music videos that played that day, Little Suzi’s on the Up was not just a performance clip but instead used the type of camera trickery and bizarre humor that would become the signature of many subsequent music videos.
I don’t know much about Ph.D, beyond that they were a British new wave group. The name of the band was play on the last names of the members — Phillips, Hymas, and Diamond. Their biggest hit was I Won’t Let You Down in 1982. Unfortunately, around the same time, Jim Diamond contracted hepatitis and could no longer tour, which led to the dissolvent of the band. Watching this video, I’m reminded a bit of Madness.