I have an old videotape of music videos that I recorded in the late 1980s. Here are the songs that are on it, some are recorded in full, others just in part:
Note: Links in italics go to YouTube and are subject to link rot. The others have posts of their own.
Sheila E: A Love Bizarre (1985)
Trouble Funk: Still Smokin’ (1986)
Starpoint: Object of My Desire (1985)
Kurtis Blow: America (1985)
Five Star: Let Me Be the One (1985)
Kurtis Blow: If I Ruled the World (1985)
Madonna: Dress You Up (1985)
Bernard Wright; Who Do You Love? (1985)
Amazulu: Excitable (1985)
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (1985)
Heart: Never (1985)
Cameo: Single Life (1985)
Diana Ross: Chain Reaction (1985)
Cheyne: Call Me Mr Telephone (1985)
Pat Benatar: Sex as a Weapon (1986)
9.9: I Like the Way You Dance (1985)
Colonel Abrams: Trapped (1985)
Madonna: Like a Virgin (1984)
Sheila E: The Glamorous Life (1984)
Pete Townshend: Face the Face (1985)
Queen Ida: Zydeco Taco (1983)
Janet Jackson: When I Think of You (1986)
Strafe: Comin’ From Another Place (1985)
Five Star: All Fall Down (1985)
Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (1986)
Andre Cymone: The Dance Electric (1985)
Starpoint: Restless (1985)
Madonna: Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
Madonna: Crazy For You (1985)
Janet Jackson: Nasty (1986)
Lushus Daim: The One You Love (1985)
Stevie Nicks: Talk to Me (1985)
Scritti Politti: Perfect Way (1985)
Princess: After the Love Has Gone (1985)
Grace Jones: Slave to the Rhythm (1985)
Princess: Say I’m Your Number One (1985)
Janet Jackson: What Have You Done For Me Lately? (1986)
Prince: Kiss (1986)
Charlie Sexton: Beat’s So Lonely (1985)
Atlantic Starr: If Your Heart Isn’t in It (1986)
Pointer Sisters: Freedom (1985)
Club Nouveau: Why You Treat Me So Bad? (1987)
Madonna: True Blue (1986)
Robbie Nevil: C’est La Vie (1987)
Cameo: Candy (1987)
Club Nouveau: Lean on Me (1987)
Duran Duran: Skin Trade (1987)
Cyndi Lauper: What’s Going On? (1986)
Pseudo Echo: Funkytown (1987)
Janet Jackson: The Pleasure Principle (1987)
Tracy Chapman: Born To Fight (1989)
Paula Abdul: (It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me (1988)
Paula Abdul: Straight Up (1989)
I did not have cable television back then, so most of these songs come from “Friday Night Videos” and “New York Hot Tracks”.
I got sick of Madonna and Janet Jackson in the early 1990s. I still like some of their older songs.
I was in Old Navy yesterday and there I heard Scritti Politti’s “Perfect Way”!
My father was a gadget nerd, a true believer of Betamax, Sony’s old videotape format. That meant this tape started out as a Betamax tape. Later Betamax lost to VHS and they stopped making Betamax players, so I had to copy the tape to VHS. Now VHS players are dying out too so I will have to move it soon to DVD!
I thought I would never see most of these videos anywhere again except on my tape. Video rewind shows will play Madonna and Janet Jackson, say, but not lesser lights like Colonel Abrams or Bernard Wright. But then 15 years later came YouTube! What a heaven that was. But now that is drying up. So click on the pictures while you still have a chance to see them on YouTube!
– Abagond, 2009.
Update (March 7th 2016): I updated the links so that they all work. When I did this post in 2009, I could not find all the songs on YouTube, but now I can – except, of course, Prince.