Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Help me find these ‘80s music video girls!

Where are they now?

Who is the girl in the video?


Or rather, where can I find a woman like that?

I ask because round 2 is coming.

With literally a single click, you can spread word of my quest to find the long-lost ingénues from the following 1980s music videos to add to this interview series. If successful, your simple effort will make many people happy over many years. Not bad for the push of one button!


  • “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  • “Africa” by Toto
  • “Gimme All Your Lovin’” by ZZ Top
  • “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel (multiple women)
  • “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago
  • “Shake Me” by Cinderella
  • “Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx
  • “Got My Mind Set on You” by George Harrison
 
“Jessies Girl”

 “Africa”

“Gimme All Your Lovin’” (woman on the left; we know who the other two are)

 
“Tell Her About It”

“Tell Her About It”

“Along Comes a Woman”

“Shake Me” (it is not Amanda Peet!)

“Should’ve Known Better”

“Got My Mind Set on You”

For months, all leads have turned to dead ends. Here is who hasn’t remembered/had record of their names:

  • the music video directors
  • the producers
  • the casting agents
  • the record companies
  • the fans
  • the bands

And I am not surprised.

But these girls-now-women are out there.

They are probably not googling themselves because they don’t think anyone would be posting about their brief appearance in a music video 30 years ago. However, their kids may be googling them, and I hope they (you) have not only the curiosity but also the initiative to reach out to me.

Yes, I want to interview your mom. (Or aunt. Or godmother. Or friend’s mom.)

The point is simple: someone knows how to reach each of these memorable ‘80s faces, and everyone reading this is one of my six degrees of separation to reach those people.

Dreaming bigger:


  • if we can get anyone with a quarter of a million followers or more to tweet this, we will find at least one of the women
  • if we can get anyone with half a million or more, I’m convinced we can find every person on this list in just a day

Reasons to help:


  • It takes literally less than 30 seconds.
  • It costs nothing.
  • It has worked before...to startling effect.
  • You will make people smile. They want to hear the stories of the people I’m looking for.
  • You will be a crowdresearching pioneer. (The already-common crowdsourcing works, and that’s a lot more labor intensive.)
  • You will become part of the story yourself.

If you know any of these women, please let me know no matter how much time has passed since I posted this!

Thank you for contributing to this social media/pop culture/posterity experiment.

11 comments:

Ingrid Esther said...

You should have known better, Ava Fabian.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Ingrid - thanks, but while I believe she was in at least one other Richard Marx video, she was NOT in "Should've Known Better."

Christie Yarberry said...

always thought the girl in Should've Known Better was Emily Warfield (the older sister in The Man in the Moon). I can't find any proof out there (isn't listed on her IMDb)… and she looks very different in the movie (darker hair/ no makeup) - but she has a really distinctive profile and body language… and I'd be shocked to find out it isn't her.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Thanks Christie. Investigating!

Ambar Mann said...

You could tell me what the name of the girl in the video A-HA "You are the one."? She works as a taxi driver in the video. thanks

Mark said...

Could someone tell us the names of the video vixens in Billy Squire's Video "Don't tell me you love me." The one brunette with the wide face appears to be asian. She looks like a Vogue cosmetics model. Absolutely beautiful.

Thanks,

Unknown said...

There's three women and a girl in "Video Killed the Radio Star". I wonder where they are now?

Debi Doss and Linda Jardim did female vocals for the song and video, but I can't find anything on the girl. The woman who spends most of the time in a plastic tube is only described as an aspiring actress friend of Russell Mulcahy, who edited the video.

Since it was the first video shown on MTV, they're the faces that launched the channel that used to be all about music.

Tanya Pompilio said...
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Tanya Pompilio said...

brunette in tell her about it is Jeana Tomasino

bluemango22 said...

Could you please find the girl in Billy Ocean's "Get outta my head (into my car)" video? I think she plays a carwash attendant (yes, it was a bizarre concept for a video).

earnie yearnie said...

re: Should've Known Better Girl: She's not Ava Fabian or Emily Warfield. Hopefully you get a lead Marc. Many people wonder. Males, mostly. Lol

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