Up On The Catwalk [Edit] (4:04)
There was less budget for this one and so it shows. The effects machine was given back to Top Of The Pops
and everyone got down to the task of making a cheap-and-cheerful video look, well, less cheap-and-cheerful.
So, it was decided to get the band on a catwalk (see what they did there!), with another catwalk around the studio's edge
(again, see just what they did there) and then have lots of
flaming torches dotted around the place (you've lost me now). Now, the catwalks obviously link in with the song, but why someone decided to set
the studio on fire is a bit of a mystery to me.
During the performance a multitude of oddly dressed models parade up and down the various catwalks, trying not to set themselves
alight. The usual glamour girls are there (with eerie painted faces), but a tennis player and Superman add to this rapidly surreal
situation. Watch out for the shots of Derek trying not to laugh.
Despite the strange and unnerving 'models' parading around the periphery, it's the face montages which are the most disturbing.
I think you'll agree that the image below is downright frightening. Up On The Catwalk is probably
Simple Minds' most disturbing video.
And they're all wearing far too much makeup.
The master is held in the Universal archive and was created on the 25th January 1983.
Seven reels of the original 16mm film are listed. These were copied onto three videotapes on the 21st January 1983 as protection copies, and have
running times of 58:00, 58:00 and 34:07. Having the original sources is very rare.
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