Daryl Hall and John Oates have just uploaded high quality versions of their music videos to YouTube

You can see them at https://www.youtube.com/user/hallandoatesVEVO/videos

These are much better quality than the VHS recordings that many fans have uploaded over the years.

It’s not a mistake that they uploaded “Jingle Bell Rock” twice – one version has Daryl singing, and the other one has John.

My family got cable with MTV in July 1982. I even remember MTV celebrating its one year anniversary a month later. I though I had seen every Hall and Oates video a huge number of times – but I had no idea that they had videos of songs from their X-Static album. What a pleasant surprise!
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April 25, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . MTV, Music, Television. Leave a comment.

“Good Clean Fun” by Bonnie Hayes is an overlooked rock/pop/new wave masterpiece from 1982

In 1982, a California band called Bonnie Hayes with the Wild Combo released an album called Good Clean Fun. Despite being a stunningly fantastic album of rock, pop, and new wave, the album was largely ignored in most of the country. It did get exposure on college radio stations, as well as  on some local California stations, and two of its songs were used in the 1983 movie Valley Girl (which is, in my opinion, the best and most intelligent of all of the 80s teen movies). But the album, being released on the independent Slash Records label, never got the kind of attention that it deserved. It’s so osbscure that it wasn’t even released on CD until 2007.

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August 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Music. 1 comment.

Here’s a bunch of Hall and Oates music videos from the early days of MTV

Daryl Hall and John Oates are my favorite 80s musical artist. I had a lot fun watching their videos as I was growing up, and I still enjoy them very much today.
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July 31, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . MTV, Music, Television. 1 comment.

Here’s a bunch of episodes of “You Can’t Do That On Television”

You Can’t Do That On Television is a sketch-comedy TV series that was made in Canada and aired in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. The show starred character actor Les Lye, who played all of the adult male roles – and there were dozens of them. Abby Hagyard played all of the adult female roles. At least five children appeared in each episode, and they always played themselves. Some of the children were on the show long term and appeared in many episodes over the years (such as  Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy, Alasdair Gillis, Adam Reid, Vanessa Lindores, and Doug Ptolemy) – others appeared in only a few (such as Alanis Morissette, who appears below in the episodes “Pop Music” and “Enemies and Paranoia”). The show portrays many of its adult authority figures as worthy of being mocked, whether it be because they’re incompetent, evil, corrupt, or power hungry. Anyone who said “I don’t know” would have green slime fall on them, and anyone who said “water” would have water fall on them. The series was created by Roger Price, who wrote the script for every episode.
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July 8, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Television. 3 comments.

Here are some of my favorite videos from the early days of MTV

I was 11 years old when our family first got cable TV in the summer of 1982, and I remember watching MTV as it celebrated its one year anniversary a few weeks later. I consider the music of the early 1980s to be some of the best music ever made, and I think a lot of that has to do with the new wave influence that was so pervasive at the time, combined with a strong pop sensibility, and just so many creative artists who were around at the time. (more…)

June 19, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . MTV, Music, Television. 1 comment.