Friday Night Videos: Videos That Tell A Story, Kind Of

Pat Benatar: Love is a Battlefield (1983)

This is the first video I remember seeing that had a strong narrative thread running through it. As for that narrative thread, all I can say is: Take that, Emo kids.

No More Kings: Sweep the Leg (2007)

Those of you who never saw The Karate Kid are going to be lost lost lost throughout this video. For the rest of you: William Zabka, aka Johnny, the villain of the movie, directed and stars in this video that piles on so many Karate Kid references you’re likely to suffocate under the weight of recycled pop culture ephemera. There’s a number of nods to other things from the 1980s — hi there, Mr. Belding! — so after this, you should be full up on nostalgia.

7 thoughts on “Friday Night Videos: Videos That Tell A Story, Kind Of

  1. HOW did you find the “Sweep the Leg” video & trivia? I had to stop watching it at work during lunch because I was laughing too hard….

  2. The video I found through the magic of Metafilter, where they also mentioned that Mr. Belding was in the video. The rest of the trivia I puzzled out. Misty and I are still arguing about whether or not guy on skates wearing a red speedo and green jacket with the boom-box is from a David Lee Roth video.

  3. I haven’t seen KK, although I did see KK2. I still got some of the refs, though. I also recall an interview with Pat Benatar about Love is a Battlefield. She claims that she can’t dance and that it was the hardest part of making that video.

  4. I loved “Sweep the Leg.” Was that Ralph Macchio at the end in the car?

    You realize that the “Love is a Battlefield” video is legendary specifically because of Benatar’s bad dancing, right?

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