long form music video


On this day in music history: April 14, 1983 - “Let’s Dance”, the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Nile Rodgers and David Bowie, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City in December 1982. Newly signed to EMI Records, Bowie collaborates with producer and musician Nile Rodgers (of The Chic Organization). Rodgers assembles a group of top notch musicians that feature his Chic band mates Bernard Edwards (bass), Tony Thompson (drums), Rob Sabino (keyboards) and Sammy Figueroa (percussion) as well as Omar Hakim (drums), Carmine Rojas (bass), Rodgers himself on guitar. During the sessions, Bowie brings a then virtually unknown blues guitarist named Stevie Ray Vaughan into the studio to play lead guitar. The singer had seen Vaughan only a few months before performing in Montreux, Switzerland. Dazzled by his virtuoso blues guitar playing, Bowie invites Stevie Ray to play on “Let’s Dance”. The guitarist makes quick work of his contributions, laying down his lead parts within a few takes. Vaughan’s stand out playing on the album’s hit singles is one of the catalysts in launching him into stardom in 1983. Led by Nile Rodgers’ production expertise, the album is recorded and mixed in only seventeen days. The end result of the sessions is the most commercially successful album of Bowie’s career. It spins off three singles including “China Girl” (#10 Pop), “Modern Love” (#14 Pop), and the chart topping title track. Bowie supports the album with the “Serious Moonlight World Tour” during 1983, his first concert tour in over five years. A full length home video of the show filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada (on September 12, 1983) is released in 1984, and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form in 1985. The album has been reissued on CD three times, in 1995, 1998 and the most reissue issue in 2003 as a hybrid SACD. “Let’s Dance” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

  • Mike Nesmith: songwriter, musician, singer, producer, actor, author.
  • Mike Nesmith: grew up with basically nothing.
  • Mike Nesmith: joined The Monkees while trying to support his young family.
  • Mike Nesmith: stood up for himself and the Monkees talents and fought for control over the music they were making.
  • Mike Nesmith: a pioneer of country rock music.
  • Mike Nesmith: came up with the original concept of MTV.
  • Mike Nesmith: won the first Grammy Award for (Long Form) Music Video of the Year.
  • Mike Nesmith: executive produced the cult movie 'Repo Man'.
  • Mike Nesmith: produced music videos for the likes of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
  • Mike Nesmith: known as being one of the "talentless" Monkees.

Grace Jones
This model is famous for her energetic posing and facial expressions. You might even see some Grace Jones-esque ads in current magazines.

Beverly Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, actress and model.

She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. When she was thirteen she and her siblings moved to her parents’ home in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York state, then in Paris, working for Yves St. LaurentClaude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of ElleVogue, and Stern working with Helmut NewtonGuy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer.

In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records. In 1980 Jones, with the aid of Compass Point All Stars moved into New Wave, scoring Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart, with “Pull Up to the Bumper”, “I’ve Seen That Face Before”, “Private Life”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and “I’m Not Perfect”. Her albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981) and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

In America she appeared in some low-budget films in the 1970s and early 1980s. Her work as an actress in mainstream film began in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In 1986 she played a vampire inVamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 film Boomerang with Eddie Murphy. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film, Wolf Girl.

In 1983, Jones's One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video next year. For her work in Conan the DestroyerA View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honoured with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists, including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga,Rihanna, Brazilian Girls Róisín Murphy, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.



On this day in music history: September 19, 1989 - “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814”, the fourth album by Janet Jackson is released. Produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson, Jellybean Johnson and John McClain, it is recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis, MN from September 1988 - May 1989. Issued as the follow up to the hugely successful “Control” album, it is a concept album with many of the songs touching on the subject of social injustice. Taking a greater role in the creative process this time out, half of the albums twelve songs are either co-written or written by Janet herself. The ambitious project is supported with both an accompanying long form music video (which wins a Grammy Award for Best Longform Video in 1990), and her first major tour. The album is extremely well received by fans and critics, and becomes the only album in history to spin off seven top five singles, including four number one pop (“Miss You Much”, “Escapade”, “Black Cat”, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”), and three number one R&B singles (“Miss You Much”, “Rhythm Nation”, “Escapade”). “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, three weeks (non-consecutive) on the R&B album chart, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


Moonwalker, 1987

Rather than featuring one continuous narrative, the film is a collection of short films about Jackson, several of which are long-form music videos from Jackson’s Bad. The film is named after the dance technique known as the moonwalk, which was one of his trademark moves. The name of the dance move was dubbed by the media, not by Jackson himself; however, he did choose the title of the film himself. Moonwalker was a success at the box office, making a total of $67,000,000 worldwide.


On this day in music history: January 13, 1990 - “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #2 for 2 weeks on the Hot 100 on January 6, 1990. Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis, it is the seventh R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the Jackson family. Released as the second single and title track from Jackson’s fourth album, it is based around a sample of Sly & The Family Stone’s funk classic “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”. The song lyrics express a positive message of racial unity and harmony and a cry against social injustice with the promise of a better world. The song is the centerpiece of a thirty minute long form concept music video shot in black and white (also featuring  the songs “Miss You Much”, “Black Cat”, and “The Knowledge”), and directed by frequent collaborator Dominic Sena. The film also features actor Tyrin Turner (“Menace II Society”) as “Kickdrum”, an aspiring young musician trying to escape the negative pull of the streets, after his best friend is killed. Filmed at an actual electrical power plant in Pasadena, CA and on The Chaplin Soundstage at A&M Records in Hollywood, the grueling film shoot will cause Jackson to collapse from physical exhaustion, requiring her to be hospitalized.  Premiering on MTV in its entirety on  September 16, 1989. The visually striking film will become an immediate hit with fans. Released commercially on VHS tape and laserdisc, the video will become a best seller, winning the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 1990. Seven weeks after the single tops the R&B chart, Janet will embark on her first concert tour (“The Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour”), playing one hundred dates in North America, twelve in Japan, and seven on the European continent. “Rhythm Nation” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.