Music Video of the Day: Poison Heart by Ramones (1992, directed by Samuel Bayer)

Though he had retired from the band to pursue a solo career, Dee Dee Ramone wrote Poison Heart and gave it to Ramones.  The story has always been that Dee Dee gave them the song as a way to thank the band for bailing him out of jail.  I don’t know if that story is true or not but it does have a ring of truth to it.  Print the legend, to quote The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

The song appeared on the soundtrack for Pet Semetary 2 and the video is clearly inspired by that song, with the child being forcefully dragged through the cemetery while the band performs in what appears to be an underground tunnel.

This video was directed by Samuel Bayer, who has done videos for just about everyone.


Music Video of the Day: Killer Klowns by The Dickies (1988, directed by Chuck Cirino)

You can probably guess, just from the title, which film featured this song.  Written and performed by The Dickies, Killer Klowns played over the end credits of Killer Klowns From Outer Space.  The video features scenes from that film, mixed in with the band performing the song behind bars.

The video was directed by Chuck Cirino, who also did the sound design for the film.  Killer Klowns From Outer Space has gone on to become a huge cult film, one that is discovered by new fans everyday.  Just as the film endures, so do The Dickies.  In some form or another, the Dickies have been together since 1977.


Music Video of the Day: One of Those Days by Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton (2022, directed by Todd McFarlane)

It looks like Ozzy Osbourne is having one of those days, complete with upside down crosses, trips to the graveyard, and drinks from a bottle of sin.  Luckily, he’s got Eric Clapton backing him up with some killer guitar moves.

This video features the Ozzy Osbourne that parents used to warn their kids about, the one who was thought to be in league with Satan and who happily drank from bottles of sin and bit the heads off of bats.  It all seems pretty foolish today but, then again, it seemed pretty foolish back then as well.  I have never bought into the idea that Ozzy worshipped Satan but I’ve also never bought into the other story that is often told about Ozzy, that’s he’s secretly a devout member of the Church of England.  If Ozzy worships anything, it would appear to be rock and roll and why not?  It’s been good to him.

The animated video was directed by comic book artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.

This feels like the right way to start October.


Music Video of the Day: Seventeen by Winger (1988, directed by Mark Rezyka)

Tomorrow is the first day of October and traditionally, the first day of the horror season.  I am going to try to keep things centered on that theme as far as the site’s music videos of the day go.

For instance, what could be scarier than Kip Winger singing about banging groupies?  How about banging underage groupies?  Technically, as Kip always points out whenever anyone asks him about this song, seventeen is the age of consent in many states but the lyrics of Seventeen suggest that it might not have just been the law that was after Winger.  “Daddy says she’s too young, but she’s old enough for me,” Winger sings while grinning at the camera.

Let’s take a moment to remember Lars Ulrich throwing darts at a picture of Kip Winger.

God knows Metallica has done some embarrassing things but at least they’ve never turned into Winger.

In a 2014 interview with Songfacts, Kip said, “”Look, seventeen was legal in Colorado, so I didn’t even get the joke, dude. I didn’t get it. And then it hit and every seventeen-year-old girl in the United States thought that song was about her.”

Sure they did, Kip.

The video is made up of close-ups of the band playing (while being illuminated with purple light for some reason) and shots of the girl who is only seventeen but looks like she’s closer to 40.  Both the song and the video were a hit, procing that 1988 was a different time.  Just imagine the reaction if a band released that song today.

If the song did come out today, we all know who would be on twitter, defending Seventeen and saying that we just weren’t getting the joke.

As for the subject of the song, she is 53 now and probably tells everyone that Nirvana was the first band she ever loved.


Music Video of the Day: Vincent Price by Deep Purple (2013, directed by Joern Heitman)

A young couple goes to the a dungeon and soon, they find that they’ve become black-and-white and they can no longer hear.  They’ve become a part of a silent movie, starring someone who looks much like Vincent Price.  Of course, the real-life Price didn’t appear in any silent movies but, overall, this is still an effective music video.

The director, Joren Heitmann, has several music videos to his name.  He directed multiple videos for Rammstein and Sarah Connor.  In fact, one of the videos that he did for Sarah Connor was for a song called Vincent.

Deep Purple was first formed in 1968.  As with most bands that have been around for that long, several members have come and gone over the years but the important thing is that the band is still going today.

I’ve been told that this video is a good example of what the site hopes to accomplish this October.


Music Video of the Day: Couple Days Off by Huey Lewis and the News (1991, directed by Jim Yukich)

Everyone needs a couple of days off, even Huey Lewis and the News!

This song was the final single from Huey to chart in the Billboard Top 20.  For better or worse (I would say “better”), Huey Lewis and the News were the epitome of a mid 80s band.  They worked hard and they made videos that celebrated having a good time.  They were never as obnoxious or openly hedonistic as the hair bands of era but they were also out-of-place in the angst-filled 90s.  But while everyone else continues to pay thousands to see Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis and the News will always be the blue collar bar band for me.

This video was directed by Jim Yuckich, who has directed videos for everyone.


Music Video of the Day: Dead Ringer For Love by Meat Loaf, featuring Cher (1981, directed by ????)

Today would have been Meat Loaf’s 75th birthday.  Though he may no longer be with us, his music will live forever and so will his music videos.

In Dead Ringer For Love, Meat Loaf plays an amiable lunkhead who realizes that there is more to life than just beer and hanging out with his buddies at the local bar.  There is also love and, in this song and video, the object of his affection is played by Cher.

Interestingly, this song was originally written for a sitcom called Delta House, which was an attempt to spin Animal House into a television series.  If John Belushi had not been available or willing to play Bluto in that classic comedy, Meat Loaf was the second choice for the role.


Music Video of the Day: Reach Out For Me by Olivia Newton-John (1989, directed by ????)

Today would have been Olivia Newton-John’s 74th birthday.  Today’s music video of the day is for Newton-John’s cover of the song Reach Out For Me, which appeared on her fourteenth studio album, Warm and Tender.  As an album, Warm and Tender was a mix of cover turns and children’s lullabies.  That is a theme that is certainly present in this music video.


Music Video of the Day: Chelsea Girl by Simple Minds (1979, directed by ????)

Today’s music video of the day is for Chelsea Girl by Simple Minds.  This video makes good use of animation and split screens.  Though the video actually pre-dates MTV by a year, it’s a good example of the type of videos that would eventually transform MTV into every teenager’s must-watch cable station in the 80s.