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3rd Nov 2011, 03:42 AM
Sup world? I have an assignment in which I have to research music videos from the past thirty years or so, and so far its been rather frustrating. Its hard to narrow down controversy from the past thirty years that came in the form of music videos, so in this case I was hoping the MTS community can help out a bit. So my question is...what are some of the most controversial videos from the 1980s? I'm not too well versed in the music from then, let alone the music videos. I welcome any genre, since my project does go through multiple genres.
Thanks for the help :) :bunny:
3rd Nov 2011, 05:03 AM
I remember that one of the really big ones was Madonna's "Like a Prayer." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA983t3Rdzs&ob=av2e) Funnily enough, that was one of the first two music videos I remember seeing as a very young child (the Run DMC/Aerosmith rap-rock mash-up for "Walk This Way" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_UYYPb-Gk&ob=av2e) being the other one. If I recall correctly, that one received no criticism at all), and I feel that it made an impact on me, however, unlike what the critics suggested it was a positive one, because two first major exposures into the music video world showed out-dated barriers, most especially racial ones, being torn down (literally in the case of "Walk This Way," with Stephen Tyler making a hole through the wall).
The things like equating spiritual ecstasy with sexual ecstasy, the tearing down of inter-racial barriers in relationships, and the implied attack at the beginning all went entirely over my 5 or 6 year-old head.
I just saw a guy getting accused of hurting the woman he loved, and getting wrongly punished for it (seeing as how I was used to cartoons, the idea of him being "turned into a statue" [the "black Jesus" thing going completely over my head as well] was not unusual for me), only for them to come together and kiss and have everybody singing and dancing in the end because they're happy everything's okay. :giggler:
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