Video Killed the Ra­dio Star

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, ABC2 It’s from long ago 2009, but for those in­ter­ested in the reel­ing tra­jec­tory of pop mu­sic, this de­liv­ers great in­sight into the way the video clip changed ev­ery­thing. In tonight’s episode, Di­vas and Direc­tors, we are promised the truth of what went on be­hind the singing and danc­ing. First cab off the rank is Aretha Franklin’s 1985 hit Free­way of Love. We meet clip di­rec­tor Brian Grant who went to Detroit with an idea in his head for dancers to prance about in the mo­tor city’s Ford fac­tory. He brought a chore­og­ra­pher with him from Eng­land, brought his vi­sion to life, then re­ceived a phone call from Aretha say­ing she would not ap­pear. Ap­par­ently Franklin doesn’t like to be un­der the open sky, day or night. Who knew? She did agree to ap­pear to per­form the song in her own Detroit night­club. This left Grant with footage he had al­ready cre­ated of dancers at the car fac­tory and of Aretha per­form­ing in a night­club with ab­so­lutely no way to bring the two to­gether. It did not mat­ter. Pro­pelled by the video the song was a gi­gan­tic hit. No­body seemed to no­tice the in­con­sis­tency. Next up is Franklin and Ge­orge Michael’s 1987 hit I Knew You Were Wait­ing, fol­lowed by Rus­sell Mulc­ahy and Kim Carnes who tell the story of Bette Davis Eyes.

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