Dudes being dudes in music videos
August 12, 2012 6:09 PM   Subscribe

MusicVideoFilter: Please help me on my quest to compile a definitive list of really cheesy 1980s music videos of a particular type. Specifics inside.

It seems like there was a distinctive style popular in the early days of the music video medium that featured the guys in the band just hanging out and being dudes, particularly when backstage and/or on tour. The songs in question are generally of the cheesy balladish sort.

Examples include Journey - "Faithfully" and Mr Mister - "Kyrie".

I am amused by watching these guys with goofy hair and really tight jeans strutting around and demonstrating their coolness. Please help me find more examples of this trope.

posted by easy, lucky, free to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive?
posted by justonegirl at 6:52 PM on August 12, 2012

Extreme: More Than Words
posted by xingcat at 6:54 PM on August 12, 2012

Oh and Mötley Crüe - Home Sweet Home. And most Poison videos would probably qualify. And Great White - Once Bitten Twice Shy. (hair band roots, much?)
posted by justonegirl at 6:55 PM on August 12, 2012

Best answer: When In Rome - The Promise.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:57 PM on August 12, 2012

I could have sworn that Def Leppard had one of these, but I've gone into a YouTube black hole and can't find it.
posted by desjardins at 7:00 PM on August 12, 2012

Best answer: Does a sound check count?, cuz seriously bro, Eddie Moneys Take Me Home Tonight is the brie of 80's video dude cheeze.
posted by vozworth at 7:25 PM on August 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer is pretty much perfect example of "guys in a band goofing around."
posted by desjardins at 7:35 PM on August 12, 2012

AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long." Sort of.

My favorite part is that "character" Brian Johnson arrives in the girl's bedroom, and it apparently contains a large stage, on which a band fronted by himself is playing!
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:51 PM on August 12, 2012

Patience by Guns N' Roses.
posted by Mael Oui at 8:05 PM on August 12, 2012

Billy Joel: My Life (1978)
They're sort of bein' bros in the beginning. Billy Joel is the master of cheesy videos, and he absolutely must be mentioned in any collection of this variety.
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:11 PM on August 12, 2012

Surprisingly, I can't find the actual video, but if I remember correctly, "In a Big Country" by Big Country featured lots of shots of dudes doin' dudely things. Like rappelling and ATVing and, I don't know, speargun hunting or whatever.
posted by Flunkie at 8:21 PM on August 12, 2012

Gypsy Road - Cinderella
Rock The Night - Europe
posted by SisterHavana at 8:37 PM on August 12, 2012

UB40 Red Red Wine
U2 Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

I'm sure there must be a Scorpions or Ratt in there somewhere.
posted by vozworth at 9:55 PM on August 12, 2012

Most Guns n' Roses videos have this, right? Where that part's in black and white?
posted by ifjuly at 7:51 AM on August 13, 2012

Best answer: The ending of "Man in Motion" where John Parr is just hangin' out being a dude with the cast of St. Elmo's Fire in character fits your requirements nicely.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 8:24 AM on August 13, 2012

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