Studio performance/Special effects
The pitch probably went along the following lines: "We’ll have multiple images of you appearing on the screen, shot multiple times. With
stars falling in the background, to give it that extra glitter. And loads of costume changes, the more outrageous the better!
And to differentiate between takes, we’ll throw in an owl, or a parakeet, and stuff a rose in Charlie’s
guitar. And speaking of Charlie,
can he do his best Pete Townshend at the end?"
Unwisely, they went for it. Wisely Mick,
John either didn’t want to appear or were never considered.
This, I think in retrospect, was a wise choice.
This was the second of Zbigniew Rybczynski’s
videos with the band. The first was the relatively straightforward (but with a twist) Alive And Kicking.
This was his second, and he fully indulged himself with his love of early 1980s special effects. As such, not only do the mullets,
the wardrobe changes and the general sprinkling of cheese firmly date the video, but the dodgy special effects and blurry star-fields
add to the whole dazzling spectacle, thus rendering this video utterly embarrassing for all those who saw it at the time,
but oddly nostalgic and fresh now.
the kids said:
"What the ... ?"
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