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    Rush - The Body Electric video!

    PROG mag posted this on FB - a video for The Body Electric:



    Iím pretty sure Iíve never seen this before, but I donít know how it escaped me. Was it ever released on a DVD or anything? Of course, alas, it sucks. 😆

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    I haven't seen it. Good find, thanks for sharing. Yeah, Video as an Art is not always that good....
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    Funny enough I just watched this the other day. Back in the 80s when this came out it was played on a local video show. Per wikipedia from this album they did videos for "Distant Early Warning," "Afterimage," "The Body Electric" and "The Enemy Within."

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    I think I have this on a DVD somewhere, not something you want to watch twice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeprogmeister View Post
    Funny enough I just watched this the other day. Back in the 80s when this came out it was played on a local video show. Per wikipedia from this album they did videos for "Distant Early Warning," "Afterimage," "The Body Electric" and "The Enemy Within."
    Hmm, the one for Distant Early Warning they showed a lot on MTV, but I don’t think I’ve seen those other two either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    PROG mag posted this on FB - a video for The Body Electric:



    Iím pretty sure Iíve never seen this before, but I donít know how it escaped me. Was it ever released on a DVD or anything? Of course, alas, it sucks. 😆
    I remember seeing it on MTV when it came out. I loved it then and I love it now. I think it's one of the rare, RARE videos that actually influenced how much I loved a song.
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    I love the enemy within. I have never seen the video though - The only one I saw was the kid riding the nuclear warhead. Distant Early warning. Glad that era is done with.
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    This was played a lot in Canada, along with DEW and Enemy Within...fantastic album!

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    I remember seeing it on MTV several times. Remember, you know, when MTV used to actually show music videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    PROG mag posted this on FB - a video for The Body Electric:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen this before, but I don’t know how it escaped me. Was it ever released on a DVD or anything? Of course, alas, it sucks.
    I remember when that video came out (there was also a still photo of the band in that industrial set in the GUP tour program.) At the time it wasn't too different from a lot of other MTV fodder. And hey, it was probably the last time Geddy was seen with a Ric until the R40 tour.
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    Yep, this was on fairly regular rotation in Canada in the mid-80s. They never were very good at making videos IMO. The ones where they're just playing ended up being the only ones with staying power for me.
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    I watched it again and I still love it... even though it probably is more because of the intensity of the song itself. But I can see why some people might find it a little goofy ("one humanoid escapee, one android with big hair"). Bur at least the video actually had something to do with the lyrics of the song!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeprogmeister View Post
    Funny enough I just watched this the other day. Back in the 80s when this came out it was played on a local video show. Per wikipedia from this album they did videos for "Distant Early Warning," "Afterimage," "The Body Electric" and "The Enemy Within."
    If I remember correctly, Afterimage was done for a compilation of videos they put out at around that time, I think it was called The Camera Eye or something like that. If I remember correctly, it had Vital Signs, Subdivisions, Countdown, Distant Early Warning, Afterimage, and probably both The Body Electric and The Enemy Within. Keep in mind, I'm quoting what I remember from renting the VHS more than 30 years ago at the video store that used to be at Cedar Center (it might have still been an Erol's at the time, before they got bought out by Blockbuster), so I'm probably leaving something out.

    But I remember the back cover had a blurb identifying Afterimage as being exclusive to the video release (i.e. it wasn't being shown on TV at the time, and I don't remember ever seeing it on TV). It also referred to Vital Signs as "rarely seen", which can't be right because I remember MTV playing that video a lot in the early days.

    As has been said, MTV did play Distant Early Warning a lot, and I remember once or twice seeing either The Enemy Within or The Body Electric, on MTV. There was one about a guy escaping from some sort of enforced labor camp or whatever.

    I've always the selection of videos MTV played or didn't play, or put into heavy rotation or didn't, curious, and Rush is a good example. As I said, I remember seeing Vital Signs a lot. The other two videos they did for Moving Pictures, I don't ever remember seeing on MTV, though I've been told they were played at some point. Limelight I think I saw on Radio 1990, which was a circa 1982-1984 music show that aired on the USA Network, hosted by Lisa Robinson, who was a well known music journalist at the time. But I don't think I even knew there was a video for Tom Sawyer until sometime in the 21st century, either I saw it on VH-1 Classic or on Youtube.

    But something MTV did air a lot was some of the clips from the Exit...Stage Left video, specifically Limelight, Tom Sawyer, and Red Barchetta, the latter two with the first few seconds (where one of the band members is talking a bit) snipped off. I remember they had them chyroned as "An MTV Concert" instead of the album or EP title they usually listed at the beginning and end of the videos.

    So it's funny to me that they played the live clips of Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta but not the studio versions. And they were playing them a lot later than you'd expect, because somewhere I have a cassette I made of one such broadcast, of Red Barchetta, via the FM stereo hookup we had, and we didn't get that until 1983 or 1984, after we moved. I don't know how many years it was before I realized that song had a longer intro than what MTV usually aired.

    I remember a retrospective thing on the history of MTV being done for one of their anniversaries, and I Think it's Kurt Loder or someone like that saying, "I can remember watching MTV when it first started, thinking, 'They should be playing more videos than this'". But it's weird to me that there were a lot of videos they either only played a little bit, or not at all. Queen was another band where there were a lot of videos they weren't playing. I mean, they were playing Bohemian Rhapsody (presumably because the original Greatest Hits album had just come out), but not (apparently) any of the other 70's era Queen videos, and even the new stuff at the time, the only Hot Space video I remember seeing was Calling All Girls. OK, I know they probably couldn't show Under Pressure, but what's the excuse for not showing Back Chat?

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    These videos were originally on the "Through the Camera Eye" video tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    These videos were originally on the "Through the Camera Eye" video tape.
    Yeah, that's the one I remember renting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    These videos were originally on the "Through the Camera Eye" video tape.
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    I saw this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    . They never were very good at making videos IMO.
    Heresy!

    The Big Money - Way cool

    After Image - Almost as cool

    The Body Electric - A cool third of the mid 80s distopia trilogy along with Asia's "Go" and Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" remake

    Time Stand Still - Misunderstood genius in 2 1/2 dimensions

    Half the World - More than half good

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    Heresy!
    No, they didn't do a video for that one!
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    I have seen this before, but I don't recall where. Maybe I had that VHS tape a long time ago.
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    Seems like they were stuck in the 2112/Ayn Rand/distopian future mentality for far longer than I realized.

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    Classic video. This one and "The Enemy Within" were likely shot in the same week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    Classic video. This one and "The Enemy Within" were likely shot in the same week.
    Probably the same day, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Probably the same day, actually.
    Nah. They'd miss out on their soups of the day.

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    Have Rush ever released a dvd/blu-Ray collection of their music videos?


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