Another reason for dirceting your attention to this link is that I'm consciously trying to scale back the number of links to You Tube videos that I post on here because I've discovered that You Tube can be a very transient medium; one minute a great piece of rock or pop history is up there, and the next it has been removed at the request of some multinational corporation or other on the grounds of copyright infringement.
Whilst we're on that subject can I just say that these companies are totally within their rights to request the removal of these clips. They are the copyright holders, it's their property and they can do with them whatever they choose. However, in many cases what these companies have chosen to do with these clips is not broadcast them, not license them, not release them, not make them available for download and instead let them remain (unseen) in their archive for best part of 20-30 years. It seems to me that if you're going to assert your rights as copyright holders then you should at least consider providing fans with a viable alternative.
Anyway - here's a few clips among my favourites that I just had to share with you all. Grab 'em while you can...
Telex - We Are All Getting Old (Promotional Video)
"In the Autumn of 1980 I bought my first Telex album "Neurovision" (£3.99 from John Menzies in Walsall!) and I loved it. This is a typically deadpan, tongue-in-cheek video that I saw for the first time last week. 'Did you ever hear such Electronic Stuff..!'"
Pussyfoot - I Want To Be Me (Song For Europe 1980)
"Prima Donna were our Eurovision entry for 1980 but as far as me and my friend Colin were concerned, it should have been this. It seemed to polarise the voting from the regional juries and it ended up getting either top marks or one point, which was what did for it in the end."
Philip Jap - Total Erasure (David Essex Showcase 1982)
"I can't tell you how long I've been after this clip! I first saw this in the summer of 1982 round my friend Colin's house. I was 15 years old and I thought this was a great performance. I've not seen it since in 25 years! Great stuff!"
Philip Jap - Save Us (Promotional Video)
"Although the caption says 'Total Erasure' this is actually the promotional video to Philip Jap's previous single 'Save Us', an excellent track, produced by Trevor Horn, that seems to have been airbrushed out of pop history"
"I've always thought that this was a somewhat underrated hit of Abba's. Very evocative of the glorious summer of '78 (before the nightmare of secondary school began). And how fantastic do Agnetha & Frida look in this clip?"
I also had to include this clip. It's a dream sequence from the magnificent TV series 'Life On Mars'. One of the funniest things I've seen on TV in ages...