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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Flux posted:
Wasn't it ABBA who popularised the music video as a concept? Their worldwide popularity meant they were in high demand, and so they began filming bespoke videos to send out to broadcasters where they were unable to appear in person and it was effective enough for others to follow suit. Or maybe that's an urban legend!


Possibly but The Beatles were doing "videos" as such in the 1960s, though they weren't "music videos" as we know them now. They'd have done the same job, providing something to play when they couldn't be in person somewhere.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
The Beatles did some promotional films when they got big enough to not bother going to TV studios, for the likes of Ed Sullivan to show. Some of them couldn't be shown over here because they were miming in them and that was against union rules I think, like this Hello Goodbye video.

Also with regards to lyric videos - the first one I remember being big because of a lack of music video was Cee-Lo Green's Forget You/F*** You in 2010.

EDIT: Neil beat me to it.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I've seen some things you could argue were proto-music videos even in the 30s and 40s. I've read about films made for film-based jukebokes back then for example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundies
NT
NorthTonight North Reporting Scotland
Flux posted:
Wasn't it ABBA who popularised the music video as a concept? Their worldwide popularity meant they were in high demand, and so they began filming bespoke videos to send out to broadcasters where they were unable to appear in person and it was effective enough for others to follow suit. Or maybe that's an urban legend!


Possibly but The Beatles were doing "videos" as such in the 1960s, though they weren't "music videos" as we know them now. They'd have done the same job, providing something to play when they couldn't be in person somewhere.


Queen’s “ Bohemian Rhapsody “ is often credited as being the first “ proper “ pop promo video. Again, as stated, there are other examples pre this.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Bohemian Rhapsbody's video was knocked together quickly for airing on that week's TOTP I believe. Quicker to edit on tape as well, plus the feedback effect you see could only be done on video (as IIRC it was done on the fly). If they had more time they may have decided to do the video on film, but...
JO
johnnyboy Founding member Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Bohemian Rhapsbody's video was knocked together quickly for airing on that week's TOTP I believe. Quicker to edit on tape as well, plus the feedback effect you see could only be done on video (as IIRC it was done on the fly). If they had more time they may have decided to do the video on film, but...


As an uber-Queen fan, I remember my Mam and Dad telling me that everyone remembered and loved the BoRhap video when it came out and it was part of the reason it stayed at No 1 for 9 weeks.

Of course, it it essentially a stage performance video with the exception of the opening section and the mock opera section whose appearance is inspired by the Queen II album cover. And it was those sections and the rudimentary special effects which got people so excited, I'm told.

They were worried that people would get sick of it after 4-5 weeks and they released a second version. The second version is remembered for the flame but the biggest change is actually in the stage performance section which is full of new camera angles.

Has anyone ever spotted the mistake in the original BoRhap (flameless) video just after the song exits the opera section and enters the heavy rock section?
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