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80’s Music Videos I Love: Scandal!

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I went on a little iTunes buying spree this morning that consisted solely of very early 80’s songs by mostly American artists (’80-’82 being the years before the Second British Invasion of Awesomeness and for many years after I refused to listen anything that was spawned stateside.) One was Scandal’s Goodbye to You:

This song is crazy catchy and still perfect for drunken Karaoke with your girlfriends egging you on after a particularly shitty break-up. I especially love how the video looks like it was made at a booth in the mall! From the cheesy graphics to the freeze/dissolve of the band members, not to mention the dude who is dressed like an extra on Miami Vice.

Hey that’s weird – because I remember the video having new wave “special effects” colors and patterns being smeared all over to make it look even more like something made in a 1982 era Junior High Video and Computer Class! Ah ha! Leave it to ‘ol MTV to have the version I remember – see what I mean??

At any rate before British Pretty Boys came around a few years later, this song and video briefly sparked my desire to be a sassy girl singer who sang flirtatiously to her boy bandmates. However, this feeling did not last into the “Scandal featuring Patty Smyth” years (!! I know, WTF?), during which a boy told me I looked like her in the Warrior video and I pretty much had a lunch period hissy fit of 8th Grade girl proportions about the indignity of the comparison!

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

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