Today’s music video of the day comes from 1985, the year when anyone with big hair could be a rock star.
It starts with two women running down a hallway in Philadelphia. Are they excited to see Cinderella, the generic glam rock band that had a few hits in the 80s just to be washed away, as so many similar bands were, by the arrival of grunge?
No, of course not!
The girls are excited because they’ve heard that Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are in the building! Bon Jovi and Sambora’s cameos are significant because Jon Bon Jovi was the person who initially discovered Cinderella and convinced PolyGram Records to sign them. So, basically, this is all Bon Jovi’s fault.
To be honest, this video would probably be totally forgotten if not for it’s appearance on an episode of Beavis and Butthead:
HELLOWEEN is the Band
HALLOWEEN is the Song
Anyone who confuses the two shall be turned into a Great Big Pumpkin.
I don’t own the 1987 cassette album that this song was on, but that’s what a YouTube commenter said is on it, and YouTube comments have never mislead me before. I tried to look it up, but it only lead me to a “Christian” website about the evils of Halloween. They even include that clip from The Pagan Invasion series that the general consensus says is just a guy reciting the plot to Hack-O-Lantern/Halloween Night (1988) as if it were his own experience.
I had no idea this band or song existed till I stumbled upon it in director Mark Rezyka’s filmography. He is the one who brought us the music video for Quiet Riot’s Bang Your Head (Metal Health). They are a German power metal band, not to be confused with the band Halloween from Detroit, Michigan. The band appears to have recognized that YouTube was a good thing for them as far back as 2006. This music video is on the official Helloween YouTube channel and was posted on August 14th, 2006.
I like that it references Charlie Brown, Linus, and The Great Pumpkin. Oh, and the opening line is “Masquerade, masquerade”, no matter how much it sounds like “Masturbate, masturbate.” It doesn’t help that misheard lyric when director Mark Rezyka is the one who also brought us the music video for Quiet Riot’s Cum On Feel The Noize.
I used up all my juices yesterday writing about Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box. I’m sure that “Metal Health” can drive you mad, but apparently looking at a bunch of music videos composed of loads of symbolism, surrealism, metaphors, and more can cause you to wind up with a migraine headache. With that in mind, I only have a couple of things to say.
According to Wikipedia, the music video was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and hallways of the California Institute of the Arts using students as extras. Walt Disney and a song about headbanging. I love connections.
It was filmed by Mark Rezyka who made about 50 or so music videos in the 80s. They seem to be primarily heavy metal and hard rock. He also happened to direct Billy Bob Thornton’s second movie called South of Reno (1988).
Patricia Friedman produced the music video. She seems to have at least produced around 20 music videos such as Weird Science by Oingo Boingo and Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs. Just like Rezyka, she appears to have continued to stay in the field of music, but moved on to music documentaries and concert films. She actually has a bio on mvdbase with more information about her work.