Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Girl in the Video 2: MORE original interviews with icons of 1980s MTV

From Annie and Josie to Diane and Jenny and (sort of) Billie Jean…welcome to round 2 of the girl in the video series.

logo adapted by Leigh Cullen @DesignLeigh

Thank you to all who said such nice things about round 1. Thank you also for your requests here and on Twitter; I’ve fulfilled as many of them as I could, plus, of course, threw in some surprises. 


This encore presentation/love letter to an era features 27 videos and 29 women including winners of an Oscar (Marlee Matlin) and Emmy (Kay Lenz). It also spills a bit into the ‘90s.

But first, a recap of round 1 (15 videos, 21 women): 

1983 

1984
 

1985
 

1986


1987
 

1988
 

1989
 

[Also rare ‘80s: interview with Mick Smiley, singer-songwriter behind the memorable song “Magic” from Ghostbusters (1984).] 

And now...ROUND 2:

1981

1982


1983


1984


1985


1986


1987


1988


1989


1990


1991


1993


Some I found declined to participate or did not respond:


J. Geils Band, Centerfold” (1981)Jill Forbert (Jill Priest)
did not remember the names of any of the other women in the video:

Jill (left); Jill in 2011

 Huey Lewis and the News, Do You Believe in Love” (1982)Liz Shatner
daughter of William Shatner:


 Liz 2008; one of several videos of Liz interviewing her dad

Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Come On Eileen” (1982)—Máire Fahey
editor of Prima magazine:

 
 
Maire recently

Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra” (1982)Bella Trimble; site 1, site 2:


Bella recently

Kajagoogoo, Too Shy” (1983)Carolyn Miller (Carolyn Espley)
married to comedian Dennis Miller:


Carolyn recently; image: C Home

The Kinks, “Come Dancing” (1983)Emma Harrison (no photos)

 The Cars, “You Might Think” (1984)Susan Gallagher
married to author/MTV executive Bill Flanagan:



image: Doug Hopkins

Susan 2010

Ray Parker, Jr., Ghostbusters” (1984)Cindy Horn (Cindy Harrell)
a humanitarian married to Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios:


 Cindy 1982

Cindy 2014

Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark” (1984)—Courteney Cox
starred in a 1990s sitcom (no photos)

 Lionel Richie, Hello” (1984)Laura Barboza (Laura Carrington)
married to photographer Anthony Barboza:

  
Billy Idol, Eyes Without a Face” (1984)Nina Tolbert (no photos) 

Bon Jovi, Runaway”  (1984)—Jennifer Gatti:

  
David Lee Roth, “California Girls” (1985):

 (one on the left)
 
Elton John, “Nikita” (1985)Anya Rajah (Anya Major)
also the hammer-wielding woman in the iconic
 Apple Computer “1984” Super Bowl commercial:


Anya circa 2010

Tears for Fears, “Head Over Heels” (1985)Joan Densmore:

  
The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams” (1986)Janet Spencer-Turner:


 Janet recently

 AC/DC, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1986)Corinne White (Corinne Russell)
works in music management in the United Kingdom:

  
George Michael, “I Want Your Sex” (1987)Kathy Jeung
a makeup artist who agreed to participate but then changed her mind:

  
Young MC, “Bust a Move” (1989)Lisa Ann Cabasa:

 
John Mellencamp and Meshell Ndegeocello, “Wild Night” (1994)
 Shana Phipps (Shana Zadrick)
a model whose mother (from whom she is estranged) kindly left 
a note from me on Shana’s windshield…but I don’t know if Shana got it:

 

Believe me, I passionately tried to convince them to (re)consider. I risked annoying them for your benefit. Luckily, this round does feature women from other videos by five of the artists on the list immediately above. 

How you can become part of this series:

There could be a round 3.
 
If you agree that the people above saying no to an interview is a cultural misfortune, please say so in the comments below. If enough readers express heartfelt interest any particular ingénue, perhaps that will change her mind...

Plus I am still searching for a handful more. In other words, where can I find a woman like that?

If everyone who reads this simply skims the eight photos at that link (time investment: 11 seconds), I bet we will find at least one of those women the very day this series launches and others as word spreads.

So please click the link and tell me if you have leads on any of them: mtnobleman@gmail.com.

Housekeeping:


  • I conducted the interviews between August 2013 and July 2014.
  • Stills from videos are copyright their respective labels. I got permission to post all previously unpublished images; if you want to repost, please do the same by asking me first. You know the music business does not tolerate piracy.

To tease you in, five of my favorite lines (stay tuned to find out who said what):


  • “You couldn’t eat breakfast at Du-par’s without a video gal chucking some hash browns at you.”
  • “Now how did such an indelicate question get in here? I’m quite sure it must have been a mistake, so I’ll just pretend it wasn’t asked.”
  • “My friend said I was the Forrest Gump of modeling.”
  • “My dad was just thankful I wasn’t playing a prostitute this time.”
  • “Who puts Prince on hold?”

She’s right here behind the glass
And you’re gonna like her ‘cause she’s got class
You can look inside another world
You get to talk to a pretty girl
She’s everything you dream about…


First up: Tommy Tutone, “867-5309/Jenny” (1981).

12 comments:

Jason said...

I'm delighted to see this series return! Have you given any thought to collecting all the interviews into a book when you're finished (possibly after series 3)?

For what it's worth, I'd love to hear more about Janet Spencer-Turner and Anya Rajah if you can convince them to do an interview. Rajah, in particular, has a face that has haunted my subconscious for years...

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Thanks Jason! If enough people chime in for Janet, Anya, or any of those who passed, I may be able to make a case!

Delmo said...

Weird that Shana Zadrick, who was pretty big as a model for a time, can disappear. Well done for identifying the gal from the 1984 Apple commercial-shame she can't be found. And Courtney wouldn't participate? Too busy filming "Cougartown"?

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Delmo - well, I did find Shana, and allegedly did get a message to her, but yes, she has almost zero trace online. And I also found Anya Rajah from the '84 Apple commercial, but she, too, declined to participate. Bummed. BUT...plenty of great people who DID participate!

Unknown said...

I had the biggest crush on the English girl in Marshall Crenshaw's 1983 "Whenever You're on My Mind" video. Any chance of finding her?

Doris Day-Havisham said...

Great series! I look forward to digging into this for my weekend reading.

Also; I've always wondered, who was the woman in the video for Donnie Iris' "Ah! Leah!"? Would love if you added that to your sleuthing!

59aa4284-28a4-11e4-8c0a-b7d54a7e474c said...

HI, with regards to your feature on "Bust A Move" I have been wondering and googling forever trying to find the identity of the dancer with a jet black bob, rather busty and maybe mixed race. I read somewhere that Flea's wife was in the video, but I am not sure. Please Help!

Thanks

Greg Johnson said...

This is so fun to read and I appreciate all the work you did tracking these girls down and interviewing them! So my nomination for the next round is the raven-haired beauty in Daryl Hall's "Dreamtime" video. Never could quite get her image out of my mind.

Jerome Magajes said...

Did you know where's:
- Ola Ray (from Michael Jackson's "Thriller")
- Stephanie Seymour (from Guns'n'Roses' "November Rain")
- Helen Christensen (from Chris Isaak's "Wicked Games")
- Susie Hatton (from Poison's "Fallen Angel")
- Lisa Dean (from Ratt's "Round and Round")
- Lillian Muller (from Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher")
- Bobbie Brown (from Warrant's "Cherry Pie")

...and here's the list that I did not know the girl/s from music videos like...
- "Baby Got Back" (Sir-Mix-A-Lot)
- "Whip It" (Devo)
- "Careless Whisper" (George Michael)
- "Lady in Red" (Chris DeBurgh)
- "Something About You" (Level 42)
- "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" (Glenn Medeiros)
- "One Night in Bangkok" (Murray Head)
- "Der Kommissar" (After the Fire)
- "The Look of Love" (ABC)

Robt C said...

Great! Thanks! If you could the lady who starred in Squeeze's Black Coffee In Bed and XTC's Ball And Chain

gp2000 said...

Enjoyed the series!

Just a quick note that the link to "I'd Do Anything for Love" is broken. It should be http://noblemania.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-girl-in-video-id-do-anything-for.html. ("07" instead of "08").

The link at the end of "Poundcake" also needs fixing.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Thanks gp2000. Fixed!

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