It’s really only been this year that electronic dance music videos have won awards on a greater, industry-wide scale, but within the scope of the genre, visuals have been added to such tracks for over the past 30 years.
But within the dichotomy of dancing on a soundstage and a tenuous plot are videos from the earlier days of EDM that make you scratch your head and think, “Who thought this was a good idea?” Even when plot-driven, the “story” is poorly organized, is nonsensical, or starts artsy and ends up dull. Essentially, these relics from another era of the genre, from both a gear and sound perspective, are the equivalent of B-movies. Discovering these lesser-known – or even banned – videos from well-known artists is akin to finding an A-lister among the cast of an ‘80s slasher.
So, from lame to fascinatingly bizarre, what are some of the more forgotten electronic music videos from the 1980s and ‘90s?
Depeche Mode – “See You”
The top-selling electronic music group is additionally known for its long-standing relationship with Anton Corbijn. Yet, Corbijn – now a director of feature films – only started working with the synth-pop group in 1986. For roughly five years prior, Depeche Mode’s videos were very low-budget and extremely forgettable. Likely the worst? “See You,” a single from sophomore album A Broken Frame, centers around a picture strip from a photo booth and features frontman David Gahan wandering around what appears to be a Woolworth for roughly two minutes.