Monday, December 03, 2007

New video hour

I don't work till this afternoon today and I have the house to myself so naturally, I have been surfing and listening to music. I'm not sure what prompted it, but something in the combination of music I've been listening to this morning pulled a memory from deep within my subconscious and put it in my frontal lobe. Hopefully, this will make room in my subconscious for something that I actually need to know.

Anyway, I was surfing around YouTube watching videos and I came upon Jody Watley's "Most Of All" video. I remember the first time I saw this video - or rather, the first time I missed it. I was 15, had just come home from some band or chorus or something rehearsal and was in the habit of staying up WAY too late for my own good. MTV ran a show on Monday nights at both 7pm and midnight called The New Video Hour that featured (duh) the new videos premiering on MTV that week. "Most of All" was going to be premiering and I really wanted to see Jody's new video, so I decided to stay up and watch it.

I did not make it to even the halfway point in the show before falling asleep on the couch. And, of course, I missed "Most of All." I did, however, see this little wonder.

That's right, Rick Astley. I wonder what he's doing these days. He did have a quite good album in the early 90s after breaking free of Stock, Aitken and Waterman that I still own, surprisingly enough. I remember thinking, even then, "dang but that's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' taken up a half step." (It's worth noting that when I was searching for the "Together Forever" video on YouTube, I inadvertently typed in "prick astley" which made my inner 12 year-old boy laugh out loud.)

It wasn't until the next morning over breakfast that I saw Jody's video. I always liked Jody quite a bit - the only record of hers that I still own is her debut, but she has had some good singles. That's really the trouble with Jody Watley - she was always more of a singles artist than an album artist. Her debut album is excellent though - nary a ballad on the whole thing, plus a duet with George Michael pre-Faith. Here's the video that I missed.

I would say that the "Most of All" video is very Madonna "Vogue" but it predates it by 2 years!

It's funny how music like this is the wallpaper of my life. I wouldn't trade it for a thing.


Yuяi said...

I have never seen the Jody video! Very Vogue before Vogue was done indeed! You are right on the money, Dan! I don't recall the album track for "Most of All" being so robust. Do you know if this is a remix?

Dan said...

I'm pretty sure that's the album version - oddly enough, I don't have that in my iTunes. All I have is the dance remix from her remix album which *is* beefed up a lot.

Glad you enjoyed the vintage Jody!

xolondon said...

The Most Of All video is by David Fincher, I am pretty sure, so yes to Vogue. Likewise, Most Of All is her collab with Patrick Leonard and it sounds just like a Madonna song!

I was a Jody fanboy back tha day. College for moi.

Anonymous said...

great video selections. LOVE "most of all" the song sooo much and no this isnt the album version, it has some added stuff in this video mix. i dont know if this version was ever available commercially. Just on the video.

And yes David Fincher directed both videos, and for sure, Madonna saw this on his reel when she hired him for vogue. cant you just hear her yelling "make it look like that jody watley video daaavid!"