Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Girl in the Video: “Looks That Kill” (1983)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “Looks That Kill” by Mötley Crüe.

The girl-now-woman: Wendy Barry.

Where were you living when you appeared in the “Looks That Kill” video?

Los Angeles.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

“Looks That Kill” was my first music video.

How were you cast?

I was the last girl to audition that day. My agent called me late that day and told me to run over to the audition! I felt when I left there I was going to get it. And I did!

Were you a Mötley Crüe fan?

I liked the band but I was not a groupie.

Where was the video filmed?

The video was filmed on the lot of A&M Records on the main sound stage.

How long was the shoot?

I believe it was an 18-hour shoot.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

When we were shooting the part where I hold up the shield, we had to shoot a number of times because of the fire special effects. I was a little scared.

How was it to work with Mötley Crüe? What were they like? Did any of them hit on you?

I loved making the video—it was a lot of fun and the guys were all very nice. Really down-to-earth and fun.

What did you think of the video? What did your parents think of it? What did your friends think of it?

I loved the video, my parents loved the video, and my friends loved the video! Who wouldn’t?

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

I remember the day it aired I did see it and it was very exciting!

Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

No, it never affected my dating and I had a boyfriend at the time I shot it.

Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?

No, I never received fan mail, at least not that I ever knew about.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?

As I recall, the look of the video generated a stir. The women encaged, the spikes, a kind of S&M look. I personally thought it was just a well-executed video as far as production, and the song was killer.

What were you paid?

I think $100!

Were you ever recognized in public?

No, I was never noticed in public as the “Looks That Kill
girl as I didn’t walk around looking like that!

 Polaroid of Wendy and Tommy Lee taken on set that day.

Did you appear in other music videos after that?

I did appear in a few more videos. One was “Back for More” by Ratt.

What are you doing these days?

I am a singer-songwriter and also I am now directing and producing my own videos.

Where can people buy your music?

Some of my music is presently available on iTunes with one of the producers that I work with, Captain Badazz. And this is my You Tube channel. 

What did you think when you first heard from me?

I was very pleased to hear from you and do this interview. “Looks That Kill” will always be very special to me!

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?

I was interviewed a while back for an MTV show called Video Vixens [possibly one of the two “Video Vixens” episodes of a VH1 show called Where Are They Now?] and that was fun to be a part of.

Did you stay in touch with anyone in the band after the shoot? Have you ever run into any of them out and about?

No. However, I did see Nikki and Tommy when I filmed
Back for More.” They made a cameo and it was fun working with them again.

How do you look back on the experience?

I have only fond memories of that acting job as it was a very exciting time for music videos and breaking new ground.

Anything you’d like to add?

It was very nice nice to be interviewed by you.

Tweet about this interview to @MotleyCrue @NikkiSixx @MrTommyLand @TheVinceNeil @mrmickmars @CaptainBadazz!

Next: Night Ranger, “Sister Christian” (1984).

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