Funny thing is the lyrical double take I had to make when she came to the part "sons of satin" when corresponding it to the face in the frame. I think the was asked to change one of the vowels (remember, Grace came from San Francisco)
I dunno...maybe it's not such a big deal, but as I told Mel when I sent it, I refuse to watch it! Perhaps one day we'll learn the story behind it -- who directed, etc., but I know damn well Grace doesn't run her own MySpace.
This is an excerpt from Top Ten Cheeziest Videos of the 80s at http://www.inthe80s.com/toptens/toptenvideos2.shtml
10. Dreams by Grace Slick Scary. Very scary. If anyone remembers it, there should be a support group for you. I still have nightmares of Gracie in a freaksome cleavage-baring royal purple Lycra evening gown, singing the lines: "Sons of whores and sons of bitches..." while a wind machine tosses about her Medusa-like locks. Now, we know Gracie was a firm believer of better living through chemistry--but this video, and THIS VIDEO ALONE, could replace those egg-in-a-frying-pan anti-drug commercials with more efficient results. This is you. This is you after dropping acid 65 times and naming your child God... 'nuff said? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This video haunted me for years. It was one of those "why, oh why?" was this even written curiosities-while it freaked me out, I couldn't get enough of it. Whenever it came on VCH I had to stop and watch...and wonder. WTH was going on here? And to top it off, it runs at 5 minutes. As someone mentioned above, Grace did her share of chemicals, but those creepy faces and lyrics are enough to make me never want to go to sleep again-if that's what 'dreams' are really all about. Yeeesh-I just got the heebies! BTW-what a claim to fame, can you imagine: "perhaps you've seen me in a Grace Slick video-I was the face for the line "sons of whores."
Video Concert Hall was an early USA Network television program featuring an unhosted rotation of music videos. Often credited as being the precursor to MTV, Video Concert Hall was reportedly the most popular programming on QUBE, a cable television unit of Warner Communications. VCH, as it was often called, was created by radio and cable television executive Lloyd G. Crowe (Jerry Crowe) and Charles W. Henderson (Charles Henderson), a pioneering journalist and former employee of TriStar Pictures. Video Concert Hall was produced by Henderson-Crowe Productions and Video Concert Hall, Ltd. at studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Crowe and Henderson served as executive producers of Video Concert Hall as well as other top-rated syndicated musical variety TV specials.
Billboard, the American magazine covering the music industry, said in a cover story that Video Concert Hall was the first ever nationwide video music programming on cable television. Video Concert Hall creators Charles Henderson and Jerry Crowe are considered the "fathers" of television's video music programming.
Video Concert Hall ran daily on USA Network from 1978 to 1981 on a seemingly arbitrary schedule, appearing on early morning, daytime, late night, and early evening timeslots alike for durations ranging from one to four hours. Video Concert Hall was also carried on another cable/satellite network, the Satellite Program Network - SPN, and was seen worldwide on AFRTS, the Armed Forces Network, and frequently as video entertainment on commercial airline flights.
The theme music for Video Concert Hall was the first thirty seconds of "Carouselambra" by Led Zeppelin. Specific to no particular pop music genre, Video Concert Hall featured new wave music, punk rock, disco, funk, soul, and album-oriented rock.
Particularly important about Video Concert Hall is not only to note its historical significance in the evolution of music video television programming, but that it is also where artists such as The Police (with Sting), Split Enz, and Gary Numan were first introduced to the American audience en masse.
My name is Mel, and I was obviously a great fan of Video Concert Hall. At the age of 10, I received the gift of my first album -- Tim Curry's Fearless, which is telling. With the growing number of older music videos now available on YouTube et al, I thought it would be great to set up a collection of the videos that aired on the show, and a place for fellow fans to comment and reminisce. I might note that I don't necessarily love all the videos featured on Video Concert Hall, but am attempting to find and post as many of them as possible -- the good and bad. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you find a video that I haven't (send URLs). Click here to email me. I would also be quite grateful if anyone has any clips or stills of the opening, or (dare to dream) actual video from the show. Doesn't matter what format -- I'll figure out how to convert it.
One other note: Paul, a fellow VCH enthusiast, has assisted me in the search for videos for this archive, and has provided a great many, if not the majority, of the clips. Many thanks to Paul.