27 December 2013

Retro Video Unit (12/27/13)

Most people don't think of The Ramones as a video band. They were hardly photogenic relative to other early MTV faves, but they made their share of clips. In 1980 the band released an album produced by Phil Spector, End of the Century, which produced the single "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"

As music videos go this is pretty simplistic, but the use of the TV set as a framing device, with the band members watching themselves and others on the screen, is a knowing wink to the fact that MTV viewers were sitting in front of their TV sets watching the videos.

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