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The Trivial Eye: 80s Music Videos

by Jason Toon

Until the 1980s, the main way for a musical act to present any kind of visual element to their audience was through album covers, an art that finally came into its own in the '70s. But then came MTV, and suddenly every band had to give as much thought to their visual aesthetic as to their sound. Looking at them now, '80s videos are always naive, often scattershot, sometimes tedious. But the trackless wilderness of this new form encouraged all kinds of goofy experimentation, and produced some memorable images. Can you identify these mini-masterpieces from the dawn of the pop-video age?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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