In case you missed it, here’s what has been on the blog recently.
- Monday, Aug. 15: When you see Pucci boots in a thrift store, try them on.
- Tuesday, Aug. 16: Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, and Gabby Douglas.
- Wednesday, Aug. 17: Talking platinum in Riverside Park.
- Friday, Aug. 19: More impressive women from the Rio Olympics.
- Sunday, Aug. 21: Guys stress out over swimmer Katie Ledecky.
- Monday, Aug. 22: I tweeted about Ryan Lochte’s lie and things got crazy.
- Wednesday, Aug. 24: The skepticism women face when they tell the truth.
- Sunday, Aug. 28: My past VMAs posts and my 2006 VMAs outfit.
- Monday, Aug. 29: My Best Dressed/Wear What You Want award for the 2016 VMAs.
- Tuesday, Aug. 30: Turning two rings into one necklace.
- Wednesday, Aug. 31: Beyoncé’s squad slayed at the VMAs.
- Thursday, Sept. 1: What Wendy wore to see Beyoncé in June.
Separately, I want to share some classic music videos, inspired by this list of 10 great music videos from 2006. I can’t tell you what those great 10-year-old videos were because I couldn’t get past this:
“Perhaps the best part of the videos was that they all (or at least most of them) told stories. Gone were the days of fuzzy screens depicting a singer dancing around a stage or an empty house (looking at you, videos of the ‘80s and ‘90s).”
WHAT?! Kids these days apparently need to be schooled by us old-timers who were there for the birth of MTV and are intimately familiar with the videos of the ’80s and ’90s. Empty house? In 1982, Duran Duran took us sailing in Antigua.
That same year, the group shot “Hungry Like the Wolf” in Sri Lanka.
In 1984, Madonna danced through the canals of Venice, Italy, for her “Like a Virgin” video.
Not every notable 1980s video involved a fabulous vacation spot. In 1984, a-ha did a memorable mixed animated/live action video for “Take on Me.”
That video has been referenced on Family Guy, but the literal video version by DustFilms is even funnier.
And let’s not forget about Michael Jackson, the way the post about the 2006 videos did when it said:
“Instead, videos of the mid-2000s were beginning to be made with Hollywood-level precision. Famous producers, directors, and writers were breaking into the music business to produce some of the most epic videos ever made. And the best part? Nearly all of the videos were made to be a miniature movie.”
Michael Jackson’s 13-minute-long, horror-film-inspired video for “Thriller” INVENTED the movie-style video in 1982. It was directed by John Landis, already well-known as the director of feature films including National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers. The budget? A record-setting $500,000.
The ’90s weren’t too shabby either. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came out in 1991.
Even dance-heavy videos such as Britney Spears’s 1998 “…Baby One More Time” tell a little story.
I’m going to cut myself off here even though I could come up with another 100 examples off the top of my head. Damn, it’s one thing to forget that certain pop-culture moments were mired in controversy, but it’s another thing to forget pop culture entirely!