August 30, 2006
80s videos: Missing Persons
Today's videos are by one of my favorite 80's bands, Missing Persons. If you don't know them, be sure to check out their CDs, Spring Session M (1982) and Rhyme & Reason (1984), especially if you are into The Modern or any of the 80s revival bands. If the videos below fail, try this...
Destination Unknown is their pièce de résistance and their first pop hit. I love all the 80's clichés in this video, especially how the guys sing their backing parts as if they're frozen and the way they all run around in the night a la Duran Duran. Warren Cuccurullo, who went on to be in Duran (and...porn!) looks great in this video. I assume it was shot in England, but I think of this band as so very Los Angeles.
Right Now is a boppy, lesser-known single from their second album. Be sure to check out Dale's homemade outfits, the inexplicable Playboy-esque shots of her smiling (with her big open mouth!), and the waves made of plastic sheets. Real fans should see this slightly scary recent TV appearance. I love their thick Jersey accents.
Finally, check out this previous post connecting Dale and Gwen Stefani.