Pop Art: When Comic Book Art met 80s Music

Continuing my absolute wave of nostalgia for music I grew up with, here’s my excuse to post three more videos: they all play with animation that imitates comic book art. They are also GREAT songs, and I hope you enjoy them. But you can also notice how directors in the mid-eighties, still connecting story with song, started stealing from comic books (which were having their own revival in the mid-eighties!) for structure. Danny Wilson experiments with what looks like paper cuttings and French-styled comics; Alan Parsons Project with old 1940s comics; A-Ha with transforming live action into comic style (anyone remember the The Lord of the Rings movie back in the 80s?–animation overlay on live action). Anyway, enjoy the nostalgia if you remember these songs, and if you don’t remember them, enjoy the style of art.

We used to gather around the TV for Friday Night Videos, and MTV was born to house these videos, all day, all the time. Videos were the new mini-movie–a mini storyline set to a popular song. I guess we still have videos, but we don’t flock to them like we used to. We do still have the best hair, though!



Danny Wilson, “Mary’s Prayer”

Alan Parsons Project, “Don’t Answer Me”

A-Ha, “Take on Me”

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