Pop music videos and 18th-century costumes — two great tastes that taste great together! Some of these we’ve shared with you before, but why not wrap them all up together with a bow?
Annie Lennox – “Walking on Broken Glass“
Of course we’ve discussed this one, with cameos by Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich and the costumes reused from Dangerous Liaisons (1988). It’s a fabulous song and a classic ‘story’ video trying to make sense of the lyrics, so the historical costumes add to the drama. Except for the towel on Annie’s head — what’s up with that?
Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”
Nothing to do with the film, but part of that 1980s / 18th-century zeitgeist, this vid’s best feature is Falco as an 18th-century fop kickin’ it with a biker gang. The costumes are nowhere near historically accurate, but it’s a dance tune sung mostly in German, so no biggie.
Adam and the Ants – “Stand and Deliver“
Clearly, we loves us some Adam and the Ants — we analyzed the video and the background materials extensively, what with the mix of 18th-century costume, pirates, military style, and New Wave awesomeness. All hail the dandy highwayman!
Madonna – “Vogue”
Specifically, Madge’s performance at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, where she borrowed the white francaise Glenn Close wore in Dangerous Liaisons to perform the dance hit. This is my personal anthem, and yes, I know all the moves (you’ll see them on display at any Costume College Gala).
Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy”
Sure, you may remember the song from Marie Antoinette. But this video is a little different … yep, you’ll find all three of the Frock Flicks team, plus two our our sig.others and some of our best pals, all frolicking around Chateau de Pys in southern France! Trystan’s husband filmed and edited the production, which we all contributed to.
Are there other 18th-century themed music videos we should be aware of?