Good Song! But Who Is That Girl?
Five 1980s Rock Videos Where The Band Is Not The Star
Whitesnake definitely owes a large portion of their late 1980s popularity to Tawny Kitaen, the actress model who suddenly passed away on May 7, 2021 at the age of 59. Tawny Kitaen was the real star in the videos for Here I Go Again; Still of The Night and Is This Love. Kitaen later married lead singer David Coverdale. The constant playing of these videos on MTV no doubt greatly contributed to helping the band eventually sell 15 million copies (8 million plus in the United States) of the 1987 eponymously titled Whitesnake album. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the previous seven Whitesnake albums sold a total of less than two million units combined before Tawny Kitaen’s addition to Whitesnake’s arsenal of sales tactics.
Not that Tawny Kitaen started a trend, but bands have always known that a good song can be made into a VERY popular song by featuring sexy women in their videos.
Here are five cases where the band is not the primary focus of the video, but a very attractive woman is.
Ric Ocasek -Something To Grab For (1982)
Ric Ocasek of The Cars released seven solo albums over his career which had modest sales. His first solo LP 1982’s Beatitude was the most successful, hitting number 28 on the Billboard charts. Starring in Something To Grab For is future 1983 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Marianne Gravatte (b. 1959). Gravatte, a stunningly beautiful woman, was also featured in Ratt’s Lay It Down.
April Wine – Rock Myself To Sleep (1985)
Canadian rockers April Wine keep a very low profile in their video Rock Myself to Sleep. Instead of another typical lip-sync band performance, much of the footage is devoted to model Lois O’Malley dancing in lingerie as she watches singer Myles Goodwyn on a television.
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (1982)
The Steve Miller band has had probably 20 major hits over their career. I don’t think anyone but a die-hard fan can name any of the band members besides Miller. They’ve always been somewhat invisible and for their 1982 hit Abracadabra the video director chose Suzanne Bella Trimble as the focal point of the video. Good choice.
Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes (1982)
The campy and catchy Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant features James Bond actress Caroline Munro (b. 1949). Maybe it’s simply Munro’s glasses, but I think this is the sexiest video of the bunch.
Warrant – Cherry Pie (1990)
Okay, we’re cheating because this is from 1990. But we had to include Warrant and Cherry Pie starring Bobbie Brown. Bobbi Brown ended up marrying Warrant lead singer Jani Lane. The marriage did not last but Brown’s performance in the video is definitely a high point for sexual innuendo in rock videos. Cherry Pie elicits one of two responses – love it or hate it. Canada would not show the video and an MTV program rated it as among the worst videos of all time. Jani Lane called it a parody of sexist rock videos.