Thursday, February 28, 2013

More 80s Video Fun: Godley and Creme's "Cry"

In my continuing series dredging up some 1980s music videos that I at least find intriguing, artistic and cool,  I give you Godley and Creme's "Cry"

A still from Godley and Creme's "Cry"
music video from the 1980s
It's a simple video, but mesmerizing. In it, against a plain black backdrop, you see the faces of various people, one morphing into another, then another, then another, on and on.  All of the people are singing the song.

Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, the two singers, appear repeatedly interspersed with the rest of the people that appear in the video.

The morphing technique in the video was considered incredibly innovative and a major filming breakthrough when the video came out in the mid 1980s.

What I love is the wide variety of people in the video, as if the makers randomly picked people off the street as the rather mournful song plods along.

There's a lot of archeotypes, like a guy who looks like Mr T., another who looks like Freddie Mercury. And I like the progression. For instance, at one point, a glamorous blonde woman fades, replaced by the face of a grumpy, jowly old man.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Godley and Creme were members of the group 10cc. That group is probably best known for its song "I'm Not in Love," a hypnotically moody song from 1975 that I absolutely love.

Other installments of my recent 80s music video series in this blog are here and here.

Here's Godley and Creme's "Cry" video:

1 comment:

  1. It wasn't morphing at all, Godley has always stated as much. It was just one fade/wipe after another but the reveals from the centre out and such gave the illusion of hybrid faces.