Friday, February 25, 2011

80's Obscure: 'Pale Shelter' (by Tears For Fears)

'Pale Shelter' is a great find on YouTube. It was directed by music video pioneer Steve Barron, better known for a-ha's 'Take On Me' and Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'. Scrolling down Barron's list of music videos is impressive. I didn't realize the same person was behind many of them. But his style certainly had an impact. Several of my other personal favorites are his, such as Bryan Adam's 'Cuts Like A Knife' and Joe Jackson's 'Steppin' Out'
This Tears For Fears video has great use of imagery throughout, from paper planes to a giant steaming iron burn on an airplane runway. It's a mood piece and suits the tempo and feeling of the song extremely well. It also recalls those Sure deodorant commercials (about raising your hand, if you're sure.) 
I also love how Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith are dressed in soft, relaxed fabrics, in a best of the 80's kind of way. They wear classic shapes & could have been styled by (early) Helmut Lang. In many ways, this video stands as a clever time capsule of the early 80's.

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