Research taken from yahoo answers: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061016044944AAUB8Ob
“Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is considered the first music video. When the song was released in the UK in 1975 the band were on tour abroad and couldn’t make it to Top Of The Pops each week when it reached no.1.
– No-one imagined the record would be so successful (at nearly 9 minutes long it was considered un-radio-friendly and the record company assumed no radio station would play it), and that is when they recorded the video to be played in their absence. Although it looks crap today, at the time it was revolutionary and people couldn’t get enough of it.
– The first video played on MTV was Video Killed The Radio Star (by The Buggles) but not until Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was MTV taken seriously, and seen as an alternative to radio. Until then, music videos consisted mainly of bands grinning at the camera from exotic locations (hands up Duran Duran) or performing badly in a ‘captured-on-film’ moment.
– Of course, when Michael Jackson released Thriller (the single) and it’s accompanying video/mini-movie (the most requested video of all time) did MTV become the most popular way of discovering the new (certainly in the 80’s).”
This will impact on my final product as it will allow me to understand how a basic music video can be so effective in the era it was done.