From Michael Jackson's zombie dance in "Thriller" to Miley Cyrus' naked wrecking ball ride, certain visuals stay with the viewer long after the video has ended. The "Life on Mars" music video was filmed for the song's release as a single. It's incredibly simple, with David Bowie just standing in front of a white background for most of it, but with his orange hair, powder blue suit, and blue eye shadow, the visuals are vibrant and mesmerizing. Watch the video here. The promotional video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" starts off with the striking, yet simple shot of the four band members sitting in darkness and singing the a capella part of the song.
The music video shoot was certainly fun — see what we did there? I wanted to express all of that in the video. Inspired by: Mr. Dre cameo. Phoebe Cates would be proud.
With the medium not yet refined, there were no conventions to break; it was the wild west, both musically and visually, and allowed for endless experimentation. Even if the technology was crude, it just led to even more creative innovation. Before it became the societal norm to lust after cartoons in Cool World , Paula Abdul shared screen time with a cartoon cat named MC Skat Cat who also has a solo album?! Probably not. Seizing upon the 80s fitness craze, John took her sexually suggestive single and turned it into a workout mantra.