Unusually, today’s featured video doesn’t have a red phone box in it, though I assure you we’ll be straight back to the retro communication equipment next time we visit the ’80s. No, this week I felt the need to discuss another red-related issue, namely the fact that the eponymous Lady in Chris De Burgh’s video for Lady In Red wears nine different outfits throughout the course of the video…and only one of them is red. Maybe one and a half if you squint! Let’s have a look at all of her irritatingly non-red outfits.
Outfit 1: Lady in Grey and White
For lounging on the patio, the Lady wears a grey skirt and white bardot top. It’s a very nice combination, but it’s not red.
Outfit 2: Lady in Black with White Polka Dots
There’s some slightly odd artistic split-screen going on here, but you should be able to see that the halterneck dress worn by the Lady to pass by this window is also most definitely not red.
Outfit 3: Lady in Black and White Patterns and Blue Denim
For doing some softly-lit sketching, the Lady wears a more casual ensemble of a black and white patterned top with blue jeans. The bow in her hair appears to be red, which is at least a start, but she can’t really be said to be ‘in red’ here!
Outfit 4: Lady in Florals
In this sunny flower-picking sequence, the Lady goes for a floral summer playsuit. It’s cute, but it’s not red.
Outfit 5: Lady in Pale Blue and More Blue Denim
More summer hijinks as the Lady runs past camera on a sun-dappled path, and this time she’s all in blue. Not a hint of red!
Outfit 6: Lady in Black Swimwear
There’s a very brief shot of the Lady bathing in a black swimsuit. They couldn’t even be bothered to make her swimwear red.
Outfit 7: Lady in Black and…Possibly Red? Maybe?
There’s a very blurry and softly-lit sequence of the Lady dancing in workout gear. Her leggings are definitely black, but it’s almost impossible to make out the colour of her top. It could be red, but this is by no means clear-cut!
Outfit 8: Lady in Cream
Presumably heading off to work, the Lady has chosen a smart cream suit. Very professional-looking (love those ’80s power shoulders!) but still not red.
Outfit 9: Lady in Red…Finally!
The Lady looks lovely in her one red outfit of the whole video, but one out of nine is far from a great hit rate! It would have been awesome if every outfit had been red. A real missed opportunity for a good video.
Bonus Outfit: Chris De Burgh in Grey
Oh yeah, and Chris De Burgh is actually in this video too, but not in any scenes with the Lady. The film footage of her mostly non-red clothes is interspersed with video footage of Chris performing on stage that looks like it was copied straight over from Top of the Pops, presumably because, as far as I can tell from the identical outfit and stage decor of the TOTP clip below, it was.
Watch the full video and look out for the Lady’s rare ‘in red’ appearances:
We’ve been doing this for a whole week. Doesn’t time fly?
Day 7 takes us to 11th August 1986.
Let’s see what might have been blaring on the radio while I was toddling around that balcony.
Track 1: Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Great start! Awesome upbeat song, a real classic (doing the chair dance right now). The video won lots of awards but I’ve never been a fan of it, though I’m sure it was groundbreaking at the time.
Track 2: UB40 – Sing Our Own Song
I do like the almost MIDI-videogame-music-esque instrumentals that run through this song. Nice tune too.
Track 3: Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way
Nice beat, but the tune’s a bit dull for me.
Track 4: Level 42 – Lessons In Love
And with the awesome guitar intro to this song, Level 42 are reminding me that I really should buy tickets to that show I was talking about yesterday. I love this track.
Track 5: Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
I’m so glad Pet Shop Boys have caught the eye of the Now! compilers! I love pretty much everything they’ve ever done, and this brilliant track is no exception. Love that slow synth intro that bangs into the chorus – awesome.
Track 6: Pete Wylie – Sinful!
Repetitive beats, lack of melody, boring samples, not really my thing. It does get slightly more interesting as it builds.
Geth arrived home while this was playing and thought it was by James. I’ve not asked how many drinks he had at his work’s wine reception, but it looks like a few.*
Track 7: Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
I do like this jaunty tune, though the vocals annoy me. If I can find an instrumental version, I think I’ll be adding it to my regular playlist.
Track 8: The Art Of Noise and Max Headroom – Paranoimia
Like the synth at the start of this, like the sampling, love Max Headroom. Fun track.
Track 9: Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red
Blurgh, far too much cheese here. I don’t dislike everything he’s done, but this one is a real eye-roller.
Track 10: David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Lovely song, up to the usual Bowie standard. Nice video too, featuring a red phone box (though it’s filmed in black and white).
Track 11: Genesis – Invisible Touch
I really like the Genesis singles of this era. Great catchy chorus, great instrumentals.
Track 12: Simple Minds – All The Things She Said
It’s bad that when I see that title my mind automatically goes to the 2002 Tatu hit, right? I think that’s pretty bad.
This song, meanwhile, is a great upbeat track from Simple Minds, no male-gaze lesbianism in sight.
Track 13: The Housemartins – Happy Hour
Happy hour, happy song, happy Dee, quite literally. This one always cheers me up.
Track 14: Big Country – Look Away
One of the Big Country songs that irritates me for some reason. I think it’s the tune.
Track 15: Furniture – Brilliant Mind
I’ve always really liked the atmosphere of this one. It builds beautifully.
Track 16: Midge Ure – Call Of The Wild
Nice pop tune, but it’s a bit forgettable.
Track 17: Wham! – The Edge Of Heaven
Were Wham! still going at this point? I lose track. Great catchy song though.
Track 18: Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste Of Time
I’m going to call this a guilty pleasure. Should I feel guilty about it? I’m not sure.
Track 19: Amazulu – Too Good To Be Forgotten
Unfortunately this song does not do what it says on the tin. It may be unforgettable, but that’s due to the irritating tune that threatens to become an unwanted earworm if you hear it too often.
Track 20: Doctor & The Medics – Spirit In The Sky
Never been sure about this cover. It’s very nearly a pointless ’80s cover in my book, as there’s little to differentiate it from the Norman Greenbaum original other than the harder guitar and interesting synth hooks, but I can’t help but love the video.
Track 21: Bananarama – Venus
My favourite Bananarama song! Perfect piece of pop.
Track 22: Bucks Fizz – New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
I do quite like a lot of Bucks Fizz’s stuff, but I’m not hugely keen on this one. It’s a bit dull.
Track 23: A-ha – Hunting High And Low [Remix]
I quite like this one, even though it’s one of A-ha’s slower tracks. There’s something quite epic about it.
Track 24: Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Nice ballad, though I’d have to be in a pretty sleepy mood to put it on.
Track 25: Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
Love this classic soundtrack song! Though I’ve never seen The Jewel In The Nile (or Romancing The Stone, come to think of it), which I should sort out at some point.
Fun fact: Boyzone did a pointless ’90s cover of this in 1999 (well, I shouldn’t really call it pointless, seeing as it raised a lot of money for Comic Relief, but you know what I mean).
Track 26: Jaki Graham – Set Me Free
Nice upbeat pop song, though I’m not hugely keen on the vocals.
Track 27: Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
With a band name like this, what can go wrong?
I do like that jingly bit at the start. I also just realised that Mann sampled this for Buzzin’ in 2010 and now I’m annoyed on Nu Shooz’ behalf.
Track 28: The Real Roxanne and Hitman Howie Tee – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go-Go)
The rap bit’s all right, but the sampled tune irritates me. Not a fan.
Track 29: Lovebug Starski – Amityville (The House On The Hill)
‘Not on Spotify’ Type 1: lazy tribute version substitute.
Nice cheesy horror-themed track, very ’80s. One for the Hallowe’en party playlist.
Track 30: Midnight Star – Headlines
Argh, that irritating vocal! Not a fan of this one.
Track 31: Aurra – You And Me Tonight
Lot of spoken samples in the intro, repetitive backing track, dull vocals. Not my thing.
Track 32: Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald – On My Own
Pretty dull ballad, though the tune on the chorus is nice.