Some songs and videos just epitomize an era and that is certainly the case with Swing Out Sister’s Breakout. Both the song and the video, with its fashion theme, are very much a part of the 80s. The song itself was Swing Out Sister’s biggest hit in the United States. Because lead singer Corinne Drewery originally moved to London in order to attend Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and initially planned to become a fashion designer, there’s an element of what if to this music video.
This video was directed by Nick Willing, who also did videos for Eurythmics, Bob Geldof, Debbie Gibson, Kirsty MacColl, Kim Appleby, Tony Banks, and Nik Kershaw. Willing is still directing to this day. In 2002, long before Stephen King wrote his sequel to the Shining, Willing wrote and directed a film called Doctor Sleep. Willing’s most recent film was 2019’s Unstoppable. Sean Scully & The Art of Everything, a documentary about abstract painter, Sean Scully.