Here at "Framed" we have a lot of fun with music videos, but this week we'd like to return to a simpler time. Perhaps a happier and more naïve time.
A time when Duran Duran was really popular.
It all happened back in the 1980s, when the artform of music video was nascent. MTV had started up and they were feeding not only rock music, but rock imagery, to the world's youth. This had never happened before, and it would change everything. Except for, you know, death and such. But a lot of stuff, nonetheless.
The darlings of MTV were a British quintet called Duran Duran, who were as photogenic as they were easy to take pictures of. The Duranies' brand of danceable pop swept the world and their videos became the mainstays of MTV. People talked about them everywhere, and their well-produced videos set a standard that exists today.
So this week we'll look at one of their greatest videos--the one for their 1982 hit tune "Rio"--and salute these pioneers of a type of art we completely adore.
And then we'll wash our hair.