I feel obligated to throw my two cents in on the 80’s music discussion.

I spent the past few hours walking around thinking about music from the 80’s that doesn’t suck. I narrowed it down to a small list of musicians and bands that really deserve a mention.

In no specific order: The Pixies, Elvis Costello, They Might Be Giants, The Replacements, Violent Femmes and Camper Van Bethoven.

(I could also add to that list a number of Cleveland-area bands like The Mice, The Revelers and Boogieman Smash.)

My wife would surely insist I add REM (agree) and Duran Duran (disagree) to that list. I’ll even throw Huey Lewis and The Cars on there for good measure.

But as far as videos go, I can quickly narrow down the list.

1. The Replacements, Bastards Of Young

Nothing happens for 3 minutes then some kid smashes the shit out of his stereo. Classic!
Replacements – Bastards Of YoungThe best bloopers are a click away

2. Pixies, Veloria

This is one of the simplest videos ever made for one of the best Pixies songs ever. This song inspired me to fight, and subsequently lose, a battle over naming rights for one of my daughters (yes, I STILL think Veloria is an AWESOME name for a girl).

3. They Might Be Giants, Don’t Let’s Start

I remember the exact configuration of my parents’ living room the day I first saw the video for this song.

The location of the TV and the couch, the color of the carpet, the VHS recorder and random books sitting on the inexpensive white shelves below the TV. This song changed the way I viewed music. And to this day I still find this one of the best lyrics ever: “No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.”