Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The video for that song from Mannequin: A Critical Analysis
Firstly I just want to thank M for posting a video that sums up pretty much everything about the 1980s. As far as 80s films go, Mannequin is certainly in an elite league among films such as Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and Mannequin 2: On The Move.

I feel obliged to point out a few of the details which make this such a great 80s music video.

1. Two words: permed mullets. Need I say more? This is some spectacular hair, people. Also, is it just me or does the Starship woman have the exact same hair as the Starship Dude On The Motorbike? They could be twins, for serious.

2. This is one of those videos for a movie song wherein they try to make it look like the band is in the movie. That Starship woman (is that Grace Slick? I find it a little difficult to accept that Grace Slick is reduced to having a mullet perm) is getting up to all sorts of Mannequin antics. It's like they were really there in the film, OMG.

3. Shoulder pads, for men and women.

4. Comedy moments with a dog. What is the context here? It is uncertain. Suddenly, there is a dog. The dog behaves comically. This is video gold, y'all. VIDEO GOLD.

5. Starship does that peculiar 80s dance. You can do it too! Here's how:
  • Keep your feet perfectly still. Never move those feet!
  • Bounce slightly at the knees in a gentle up-and-down motion.
  • Make a fist. Bend arm at the elbow.
  • Pump fist in a horizontal motion. For variety, extend index finger a la Billy Idol.
Practice this daily, and you'll be totally cool in no time. Of course, it helps to have a mullet perm.

I can only find one flaw in this video: no keytar. If only there had been a keytar, this might have been the best music video of all time. Sadly, it was not meant to be.