Video Killed The Radio Star: OMD – Tesla Girls


Pop stars looking uncomfortable in front of the cameras – check.

Scantily-clad women prancing about for no obvious reason – check.

Cheesy, bad overacting – check.

Laughable posing – check.

Awkward dancing – check.

Overly literal interpretation of the lyrics – check.

Decidedly dodgy (even for the time) clothes and hairdos – check.

Yes, it’s an early-’80s pop video.

Much as I like Scouse synthpopsters OMD (aka Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) – I even went to see them live at Glasgow’s Barrowland back in the mid-80s – their videos have not aged well compared to some of their more adventurous, innovative, cutting-edge (in music-video terms, at least) contemporaries (for example: A-ha – Take On Me, Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer, Adam And The Ants – Stand And Deliver, Ultravox – Hymn; One Small Day, Marillion – Garden Party).

After splitting back in the late ’80s, the two founder members, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, reformed OMD in 2006 and they continue to tour and perform – they will support fellow ’80s survivors Simple Minds on their UK tour later this year.

Here, then, is the cheesy, so-bad-it’s-good (though, uh, your milage may vary on that one..!) video for my favourite OMD song, Tesla Girls.

Incidentally, at the time, a female friend of mine was convinced the band were actually singing “Testicles” – judge for yourself…

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