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Update December 5th 2016
Due to unforeseen circumstances, RETRO REWIND has had to be postponed from Saturday 10 December to Saturday 21 January at New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Did video really kill the radio star? Is the rhythm gonna get you? Can you really get your MTV alongside money for nothing and chicks for free? These questions and many more may very well be answered in musical and video format at Brisbane's next must attend event Retro Rewind.
Bust out your Flashdance legwarmers as Kristian Fletcher Events turns back the clock for a night of music video hits from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. On Saturday 21 January, music lovers won't be able to resist the urge to twist, swing, boogie, break dance and mosh along through the eras.
Video Killed the Radio Star wonders if this new medium means the death of the old ways of promoting music.
Retro Rewind Playlist Schedule
6.00 to 7.30pm it's the birth of music videos as we know them in the 1950s and 1960s
7.30 to 9.00pm dust off your disco boots or perhaps even pogo like a punk in the 1970s
9.00 to 10.30pm it's the slick production and best boy bands ever (Duran Duran I LOVE YOU) in the 1980s
10.30 to midnight will it be techno, house, or grunge to get you moving through the 1990s?
Were the Beatles really the pioneers of music videos?
You might be wondering why the organisers haven't dedicated as much time the '50s and '60s as the other decades. Perhaps it's because music videos as we know them now didn't really become commonplace until the late 1960s when the Beatles wanted a way to reach their international fans with their music without having to tour. Certainly, before that time there had been musicals on the big screen, and even way back in the 1940s a musician named Louis Jordan made short films for his songs.
Tony Bennet claimed in his autobiography to have created the first real music video for his song Stranger in Paradise in 1956. The Beatles would go on to create promotional videos of Rain and Paperback Writer a whole decade later, stealing much of Bennet's claim to video pioneering fame. Mostly, however, the common practice in the '50s and '60s was for bands to perform live on TV shows to promote their music. So it would make sense that there may be fewer music videos available to play from those decades.
Michael Jackson's Thriller completely changed the game when it came to music video production.
No matter who started it, these days you wouldn't find many people who don't have a favourite music video, or who couldn't at least name a good one for you. Music video directors have even gained fame along the way; Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Russell Mulcahy to name but a few. So why not grab your friends and go along and celebrate this brilliant art form?
The evening will take place in the seventies cinema at New Globe Theatre, where Kristian Fletcher invites you to, "Chill-out with drink in hand watching an exciting collection of the biggest music videos of all time or kick up your heels under our disco lighting and mirror ball."
The great music, dancing and licensed bar combo makes this the perfect event for Christmas parties and get-togethers too. The 18 plus event is excellent value with tickets at only $10, or if you book for four people it's only $30. So book now for a night of non stop music videos covering almost fifty years of classic songs.
What's your favourite classic music video from these eras? Let us know in the comments below!