Video of the Week: Total Eclipse of the Heart–Literal Video Version

Shit got a little weird in the early days of MTV as the keys to the pop music kingdom were handed over to young cinematographer-types and the music was often interpreted in…interesting ways in the visual medium.

An excellent way to display the weirditude of the typical early 80’s pop music video is to simply alter the lyrics of the song to reflect what’s going on onscreen.

Hence, the Literal Video Version, of which Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ may be the finest example. Of course, the songs of Jim Steinman–who was (or should be held) responsible for most of Meat Loaf’s most memorable (and overwrought) material–are ideally suited for this particular brand of ridicule.


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