Uploaded to MoviePilot August 14th 2017
In 1982 there was a BBC sketch comedy series called Not The Nine O’Clock News that starred Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones. In their fourth series the opening episode contained a song parody of what was, at the time, the current attitude towards music videos. It was called Nice Video, Shame About The Song.
The idea of the song is fairly basic, at the time more money was spent on amazing looking video clips than on making sure the song actually worked on its own. It also became a bit of a catchphrase, a shorthand way of describing a piece of media that relies too much on visuals and forgets the other elements of visual storytelling. Let’s explore a few examples of films where it really was a nice video, shame about the song.