Video Classics

Ric Ocasek, (R) wife Paulina Porizkova (L) and their children (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Video Classics: “Drive” – The Cars

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cars[/lastfm]’ biggest international hit, “Drive,” was released in 1984. In retrospect, it was probably the most-appropriate title for a song by a band of that name, though it was the quality of the […]


Bruce Springsteen in 2008 (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Video Classics: “Jersey Girl” – Bruce Springsteen

When one thinks of covers, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] usually isn’t the first artist that comes to mind. After all, The Boss has been far more likely to have his songs covered by others than offering up […]


Founding Fleetwood Mac member John McVie,  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Video Classics: ‘Go Your Own Way’ – Fleetwood Mac

The Rumours album, released in February of 1977, represented the most celebrated (and commercially successful era) of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm]’s long career in music. The album went to #1 in both the United States and […]


Peter Frampton now lacks the impressive head of hair he had in 1976, but many of us do. (Getty Images/David Paul Morris)

Video Classics: ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ – Peter Frampton

Lest we think that all [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Helen Reddy[/lastfm] did was make people hear her woman’s roar, you can watch her give none other than [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Frampton[/lastfm] his intro on Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special in this clip […]


Clash members Paul Simonon (L) and Joe Strummer (R) in 1984 (Getty Images/STR/AFP)

Video Classics: ‘Rock the Casbah’ – The Clash

While it is unclear whether or not [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Clash[/lastfm]’s 1982 hit, “Rock the Casbah” was written specifically about the Ayatollah Khomeini’s ban of rock music in Iran, it makes a good story, and is so […]


Video Classics: 'Love Shack' – The B-52's

Sometimes comebacks outdo the first time around. So it was with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the B-52s[/lastfm], who enjoyed moderate success in the early ’80s as a quirky, fun and upbeat New Wave party band. Following the death […]


Video Classics: 'Better Man' – Pearl Jam

“Better Man” was recorded in 1994 as part of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pearl Jam[/lastfm]‘s third studio album, Vitalogy, but the song itself had been floating around in frontman Eddie Vedder’s head for a while before that. Vedder composed […]


Video Classics: 'King Of Pain' – The Police

Perhaps The Archivist shouldn’t mention that they first heard this song as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Weird Al Yankovic’s[/lastfm] parody version, “King of Suede.” It earns geek points, but makes most rock aficionados just cringe. Nonetheless, the music […]


Video Classics: 'Still the Same' – Bob Seger

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Seger[/lastfm] has never quite seemed to garner respect in the music world proportional to his popularity with fans. Perhaps it is because, despite making music in the ’60s and ’70s, he never embraced […]