Cafferty Twice & Dexys Midnight Runners

Originally posted July 10, 2008

There’s absolutely no problem finding videos for songs that came out in 1983, of course. With MTV having started up in 1981, every performer and group had learned or was learning that video production was one more tool in the promotion of songs and self.

I got cable television for the first time in late 1983, and I spent some time watching MTV. The two videos I remember most clearly are the Cars’ “You Might Think” and Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” with Christie Brinkley dancing in front of the auto shop. I don’t recall seeing the three videos I’m presenting here today.

First, here’s John Cafferty and the Brown Beaver Band, with “Dark Side” from the movie Eddie and the Cruisers.

And since it was on the same page and so easy to find – as well as a decent song – here’s Cafferty and the boys doing “Tender Years,” also from Eddie and the Cruisers.

After that, I looked at a couple of things: videos for “Love is the Law” by the Suburbs and for “Poison Arrow” by ABC. I found some concert videos of Leo Kottke that were interesting. Finally, I decided to search for Dexys Midnight Runners. Here’s the video for “Come On, Eileen.”

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