It’s been a long running joke with Chet that if I am unaquainted with some particular bit of American culture–movie, TV show, what have you–it is because I was in Germany at the time it happened.
In many cases, of course, this is actually the reason, but it eventually morphed into an all-purpose response.
So, after Chet pointed me to a Stevie Wonder video, I ended up doing a little YouTube archaeology (which spawned another post from Chet) to find something I’d always heard about but never seen because, well, I was in Germany when MTV launched.
It is somehow nothing like what I expected, and yet exactly what it should be. And it includes everything in the title to this post.
I present to you, Van Halen’s video for Pretty Woman. Because in 1982, no one knew that this wasn’t what music videos were supposed to be like: