Sunday, January 20, 2008

Occasional Forgotten Video- Plimsouls "A Million Miles Away"

Yesterday was a rare occasion when I listened to our local "Prog Rock" station, WXRT; they were featuring one of my favorite years for music, 1982, on their Saturday morning flashback. 1982 was a big year for videos, and I got a lot of good ideas for future "Occasional Forgotten Videos," including today's.

The Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" is one of those songs I wish I'd written. Everything about it-- the wicked opening riff, the anguished lyrics, the ripping Rickenbacker guitar, the driving drumbeat-- it's awesome. It was put to good use in the 1983 movie "Valley Girl." Another great Plimsouls song, "The Oldest Story In The World," was also in the movie.

The Plimsouls formed in Los Angeles in 1978. They reunited for an album a couple of years ago and occasionally do shows still. Singer Peter Case has had some success as a solo artist, has worked with a number of other artists and is a respected music teacher, giving frequent workshops.

10 comments:

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Holy Cow did I love this song! One of the first presents I bought for my husband was the soundtrack to Valley Girl ;)

Mathman6293 said...

I think I miss XRT most of all. With our redneck internet I can't listen on-line or get the vid to work.

Erik Donald France said...

My God, man -- is this the same set used for "Undercover of the Night"? I wonder if it was the same director?

Cool stuff.

Tenacious S said...

I wrote a review of Valley Girl for our high school nespaper back in the day. Of course I did. Nicholas Cage and a great soundtrack made my seventeen year old heart flutter just a bit.

lulu said...

I posted a video for this song a while back. I love love love that movie.

Erik Donald France said...

Julien Temple directed "Undercover of the Night" . . . (just found)

Bubs said...

This brings back very fond memories of seeing a double bill of Valley Girl and The Hunger at the Lincoln Village theater with MizBubs way back when...thanks for the video!

Grant Miller said...

My wife loves these guys. Never been my cup of tea. It's always been a sore spot in our love.

Erik Donald France said...

Francis Delia directed the Plimsouls video . . .

busterp said...

Love XRT. Diehard since 72-73. I've heard most of the Sat Morn Flashbacks so now I do Public Radio on weekends.

The Plimsouls are one of those gems you don't hear on most stations.