Back in 1985 or so, MuchMusic was the window through which we discovered the vast majority of heavy metal. For a while there, my sister had good taste in music. Her favourite band was Motley Crue. She was obsessed with their tall, tall hair. I taped her the first two albums, Too Fast For Love and Shout At The Devil on two sides of a 90 minute tape.
Together, we watched a shitload of videos. Our favourites were often the ones where the band seemed to be on some sort of quest, or adventure! Some of these videos I haven’t seen in years, so forgive me if the memories are hazy…
Motley Crue – “Too Young To Fall In Love”. It seems like some little kid is telling Motley Crue something important, and then they kick some ass. My sister used to say to me, “I think that kid is telling Nikki Sixx to stand up.”
Lionheart – “Die For Love”. You gotta see this one. Dennis Stratton, ex Iron Maiden. This evil guy in a white suit and a wheelchair has a pretty blonde girl captive! The band must come to the rescue! I hope their hair doesn’t get mussed! Good song though. Great song, even. SERIOUSLY funny video though, like those poses…the singer jumps around…they kind of dance-fight with the bad guys….
Queensryche – “Queen of the Reich”. The Queen turned them to stone!
Thor – “Knock ‘Em Down”. Thor (Also known of Jon Mikel Thor) was this musclebound metal singer, and his video was hilarious. This evil space-witch named Pantera enslaves the population of the world below! Thor, riding in his space ship (which is obviously a Millenium Falcon model with some battleship parts glued to it, and crewed by nothing but big-breasted women), beams down! The evil space-witch shoots him with her red eye lasers, but Thor reflects it back with his mighty hammer! The space-witch is defeated!
Dio – “The Last In Line”. That video actually scared me a little, with the monsters leaking fluid and stuff. I’m glad the kid got out of hell, although it looks like Dio has to stay.
Dio – “Holy Diver”. Always the hero, Dio awkwardly weilds a sword that is obviously too big for his tiny frame. But he does slay an ugly dude who doesn’t put up much of a fight. Is that Jimmy Bain? George used to say Vinny Appice is the guy forging the sword. Is this true?
Grim Reaper – “Fear No Evil”. The band ride into action on an armored APC (Asskicking Personnel Carrier), with spikes and tusks! They must free the slaves of the evil minotaur. Steve Grimmitt breaks the chains of the slaves with his bare hands!
Armored Saint – “Can U Deliver”. At least the beginning part, they seem to be looking for a sword in a desert! A techno-coloured desert!
And of course, Kiss – “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”. Gene doesn’t seem too impressed with Paul’s swordplay. Vinnie looks less like a chick than in the previous video. The post-nuclear holocaust seems to have somehow increased the size of women’s breases, if this video is to be trusted.