Music Video of the Day: Back For More by RATT (1984, directed by Matt Rezyka)

Like a lot of people, I was shocked and saddened when I heard yesterday that Tawny Kitaen had died at the age of 59. Though Kitaen is arguably best-known for appearing in a series of music videos for Whitesnake, her first music video appearance was in today’s music video of the day.

In this video, Kitaen plays one of two women who apparently really love RATT. (At the time, she was dating the group’s guitarist, Robbin Crosby.) When she puts the Out of the Cellar album on the jukebox, it mystically summons two members of the RATT. Soon, Tawny and her friends are running out on the check, stealing cars, and eventually getting pulled over by two cops who turn out to be Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee! At the end of the video, Milton Berle shows up, recreating a role that he played in an earlier RATT video. Milton’s nephew, Marshal, was the band’s then-manager.

Despite the presence of Uncle Miltie and two members of the Motely Crue, this video today is all about Tawny Kitaen, who is young, beautiful, and appears to have not a care in the world. Rest in peace, Tawny.

Music Video Of The Day: In the City by Eagles (1979, directed by ????)

Joe Walsh, who joined the Eagles in 1976, originally wrote and performed In The City for the 1979 cult classic, The Warriors. Around the same time that The Warriors came out, The Eagles released their sixth studio album, The Long Run, which featured the full band’s version of In The City.

This was an early music video, released before MTV was even a thing and when music vides were still viewed as largely being a novelty. Like most of the music videos of the era, it’s a simple performance clip.


Music Video of the Day: Undisclosed Desires by Muse (2009, dir by Jonas & François)

When I watch this video, I get the feeling that Muse has been abducted by aliens and they’re being forced to perform in a sort of space casino. That’s the feeling I get from the production design and just the general look of the band. And really, when you think about it, it makes sense. If I was an alien looking for entertainment, I would definitely beam up Muse.


Music Video of the Day: Funhouse by Mothica ft. Kailee Morgue (2021, dir by Bradley Wong)

I’m not going to say much about this video, beyond that fact that it reminds me — in a good way — of Jakalope. If Degrassi were still on the air (RIP), Mothica would definitely be playing during all of the big scenes.


Music Video of the Day: Star Wars Medley by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens (2013, dir by ????)

Apparently, May 4th is Star Wars Day and …. oh wait. May the Fourth …. may the force ….. okay, I get it now. Anyway, since today is Star Wars Day, it just made sense to pick this as our music video of the day!

Add to that, Lindsey’s so cool. I wish I could play the violin.


Music Video of the Day: All I Want Is Everything by Def Leppard (1996, directed by Matt Mahurin)

This is actually one of Def Leppard’s better songs but it had the misfortune to be released in 1996, at a time when many formerly huge 80s bands were being overshadowed by the new bands of the 90s. Visually, the music video has more in common with the melancholy video style of 90s grunge than with the energetic and upbeat videos that we typically associate with Def Leppard.

This video was directed by photographer Matt Mahurin. Mahurin started directing videos in 1986 and has worked with everyone from U2, Queensrÿche, Metallica, and Dreams So Real to Tracy Chapman, Tom Waits, R.E.M., and Alice In Chains.


Music Video of the Day: Church by Tina Arena (2021, dir by Matt Sharp)

Today’s music video of the day is the latest from the amazing Tina Arena.

This very atmospheric video finds Tina surrounded by desolation, singing about the sins of the past or perhaps the mistake of the present or even the hope of the future. Judging from this video, it’s time to confess and seek absolution. Or perhaps it’s not. Like all good songs and videos, it’s all open to interpretation. This video feels like it could have come from the mind of Peter Weir or Nicolas Roeg. It has an unmistakable Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock vibe.

We need to start some sort of petition to demand that Tina be hired to do the next Bond theme song, I think.