Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

This week's crusty old gem comes to you from everyone's favorite coffee-achievin' band, Heart. This song, "Allies," from 1983's Passionworks never seems to get much love, but it was always a personal favorite. It was a power ballad before power ballads were all the rage.

It's unfortunate that, back in the day, I didn't make up set lists for my bedroom concerts. I'm sure if I had written some and kept them, I could scan and post them now so you could all see that this tune was pretty much a staple of my live shows. I never did an air flute solo though.

I find it interesting that when Ann Wilson gained weight in the late '80s, she was deemed "unsuitable" to be featured in Heart's videos from the neck down. Yet, video directors didn't think twice about zooming in on the horrific, frayed Brillo pad that skinny Ann was sporting on her head on display here and through much of the early-to-mid '80s.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

The lighters are flickering to life around the world when that one plays.

Malcolm said...

I don't remember this song/video at all... I like it though. Putting Nancy at the piano was a mistake because we don't get to see her kicks and spins that she does when playing the guitar.

evil-e said...

I remember this song....never saw the video. (I was MTV deprived as a youngster..folks didn't have cable)

There was an amazing transformation with this band from the 70s to the 80s...back in the 70s they were a hard driving, almost tough band and then the hair years happened.

Dr Zibbs said...

Please write a post describing these bedroom concerts. I want to hear allll the details.

FranIAm said...

I am sorry- I am stuck at coffee achievers.

You are killing me, killing me!

The Guv'ner said...


Whenever I see Heart on VH1 classics or something I always think they look like they were dressed by Delta Burke.

Red said...

Heart effing rules!

SkylersDad said...

Bedroom concert and air flute...

Exactly how many softballs are you going to throw up there for us to smack girl?

Leonesse said...

I see you have Paulo Nutini there on the side. Now there's a boy I would like there by my side. Cougar Alert! Yuuuuummmmmy!

pistols at dawn said...

It's no "Crazy on You," but it'll do.

words words words said...

Good song, very good band! I saw Heart a few times live during the late 80s/early 90s resurrection, and they put on a hell of a show.


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