51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 13: The Superman Lovers – Starlight

There’s weird, and then there’s really weird! No, I’m not talking about a typical ‘Hugh’ day, but music videos. From multi-award winning videos from 1986 to videos recorded in black and white that make everybody in them look like Hollywood superstars, the music industry never ceases to amaze me with what is produced to promote a song.

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If there were an award for most weird video then this one, in my books, would get my vote. It’s one of the strangest I’ve come across, although I love the song.

See what I mean by weird? I mean, what are those things? Potatoes? And did anybody else find the ending of the video quite sad?

Starlight, by The Superman Lovers, also features Mani Hoffman on vocals, and was a huge dancefloor hit on much of planet Earth. Its highest chart position was at number two in France and the U.K, but it also became a top ten hit in five other countries. The song was never released as a single in North America.

Here’s another cool video of the song, which I hope will play for those who the first video would not play for. This one is a must watch for fans of animation science fiction.

And here’s the audio-video version.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to RuthMarie, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to Terri who also linked a post to this feature.

I’m also linking this post to Ritu’s #musicalmarch.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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56 thoughts

  1. Hi Hugh
    Back in my Disco Betty days, this would have been fun to dance to. I love the animation. Who comes up with these ideas. They have to be stoned. LOL

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  2. Yup, definitely the strangest video that I’ve seen recently…with a very sad ending! Beautiful song though. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. I loved that song, but agree that the video is pretty weird! Poor little potato at the end , he was crying!

    My choice for this week always brings a smile to my face. I love the Communards and watching Jimmy Somervile and Sarah Jane Morris dancing together. I remember Mr Grump and my best friend Karen doing a pretty good rendition of it at the time! 🙂

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      1. I know, it is so full of energy and life. It is definitely my favourite version. I love a few of the Communards songs actually.
        Jimmy was TINY, Hugh. It is better to have a bit of meat on your bones, in my opinion! 🙂

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  4. This is definitely a weird video. I hadn’t heard or seen it before, but I like it a lot! It had me giggling! I think they are potatoes, at least the little mouse looking one seems to be a sweet potato/yam! I was rooting for the two of them to get a contract, and it was sad at the end. 🙂 … Here’s my entry for this week … enjoy! http://wp.me/p3RE1e-2Fs

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  5. Okay, that was the strangest video and song I’ve never heard. Where do you find these things? Lol. I think they were potatoes? And did Mr. Potatoehead lose his best friend? 🙂 xo

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    1. I have a habit of finding strange things, Debby. I have a bit of a habit of doing strange things as well (like putting my house keys in the fridge), but that’s another story. Yes, I think from the comments on this post, they are potatoes (at least I hope they are). A sad ending to such a weird video. Who writes this stuff? 🤔 Am I digging myself into a corner here after writing and publishing a book containing 28 weird short stories? 🤔 Now, where did I put my house keys? 😀

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      1. Lol, you have established your style Hugh, and your choice of videos demonstrates your eclectic talents. Now, keys in the fridge – that is a menopausal thing, LOL oh no! 🙂 xo

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  6. Thanks Hugh. I loved the potato video. It was brilliant. I am always amazed at people’s imagination. I thought it was sad at the end too. His little friend leaving to live in space. (sob).
    You are not going to be able to top this one buddy.

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  7. Well now, I did find the ending sad. Another new song and very interesting and strange video, Hugh. I can see why this would be a hit on the dance floor though. But that video- they were a little creepy looking, weren’t they? 🙂

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    1. They were, but I am glad they haven’t scared anyone off from my blog. Well, I hope they haven’t, anyway. 😀 I’ve always loved the song, but watching the video does creep me out a little. In many ways, it reminds me of the movie ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ Glad you enjoyed my choice of song, Kat. It’s always been a favourite of mine.

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    1. I like how David Byrne used similar effects in his video to that of the one I showcased a few weeks ago for the Peter Gabriel song. I agree about Tim Burton. When I saw the video to ‘Starlight’ I immediately thought of the movie ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’

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      1. I’m ahead of you with Sledgehammer. That was my initial thought, but I immediately realised it had already been covered. But I did like Talking Heads because the songs were quirky as well as the videos. Keep ’em coming, Hugh!

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