Blondie – Call Me (1980)

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There were two videos made for Call Me.

One was compiled clips and video footage in New York of Deborah Harry. The video can be found on the 1991 UK video compilation The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie.

The other, which came out in 1981, was non-representational, not featuring any of the band. It depicted a New York taxi driver (who had in fact appeared in numerous other Blondie music videos) driving his Checker through Manhattan traffic. This version was part of the 1981 “Best Of Blondie” compilation video.


Duran Duran – Too Bad You’re So Beautiful (2011)

“Too Bad, You’re So Beautiful” is a Duran Duran song, released on the CD album version of All You Need Is Now on March 21/22, 2011. The song is from Duran Duran’s 13th studio album All You Need Is Now, which began production in February 2010 and was originally called “King of Nowhere”.



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[Dedicated to H.K.]

Bill Ryder-Jones – He Took You In His Arms (2013)



Bill Ryder-Jones has filmed a video for He Took You In His Arms, the first track to be aired from the forthcoming his new album A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart. It was shot across a number of locations important to the album’s conception – his teenage bedroom frozen in time at his Mother’s house still complete with 90’s Liverpool FC paraphernalia, the beach at the end of her road, the famous ferry across Liverpool’s Mersey River and the streets, houses and pubs that colour Ryder-Jones’ life each day. The video was shot by rising star Alex Southam who has previously shot videos for Alt-J, The Walkmen & Lianne La Havas. [Source]


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Richard Hell – Blank Generation (1977)



Blank Generation is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. It was produced by Richard Gottehrer and released in September 1977 on Sire Records. The title track is loosely based on the single “The Beat Generation”, a late-1950s collaboration between Bob McFadden and poet Rod McKuen. The original album sleeve features a front cover photo of frontman Richard Hell in black jeans and shirtless, opening a frayed jacket to reveal the phrase “YOU MAKE ME _______” written across his chest. The photo was taken by CBGB’s unofficial photographer Roberta Bayley. The back cover featured a posed photo of Hell and the Voidoids taken by Kate Simon.


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David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (2013)

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Celebrities aren’t usually the ones doing the stalking, but David Bowie re-imagines the role famous people play in other people’s lives in the video accompanying his new single “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Bowie and Tilda Swinton play a nicely settled middle-aged couple whose comfortable existence is upended when a celebrity pair – Saskia De Brauw and Andrej Pejic, who’s made to look startlingly like a young Bowie – follow them home from the grocery store and take over their space, both physical and emotional. The couples’ roles slowly reverse, calling into question exactly what Swinton and Bowie’s characters mean at the market when they agree, “We have a nice life.” [Source]

David Bowie – China Girl (1983)


Acting opposite David was terrifying, because he had a long history as a performer and I was a model and waitress. And in the storyline we were meant to be intimate. The first album I’d ever bought was Ziggy Stardust and I owned all his others, so it was overawing, but he was really generous as a performer. There’s a scene where I sit up suddenly, as if woken from a dream, and David leaps on top of me, and I sat up and gave him a full Liverpool kiss in the face. “Oh my God, I’ve just killed David Bowie!” But he laughed and said, “I’ve got a hard head.” He was unfailingly polite, charming and a gentleman. For us to act as boyfriend and girlfriend, we did the obvious thing in Sydney – purely as method acting. After the shoot, I got a call: “Do you want to come to Europe with me?” I became a bit of a groupie for two weeks. I knew it was a passing phase. I was 23, we lived in different worlds, but he gave me an experience that I’ll never forget. We were whisked out of back doors of hotels, flying in private jets, David hiding from fans under a rug in the limousine. It was like being in the movies. – Geeling Ng, star in the China Girl video

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