Monday, January 26, 2009

Video of the Day: Stay the Night



or Another version here (Youtube page).

This video had these effects for me at the time (I was 12):
  1. I fell in love with the medium of music videos (which were new at the time)
  2. I got hooked on the band "Chicago" (I have all their albums and a number of bootlegs)
  3. I learned a lot about women (or so I thought at the time) - the main lesson was to stay away from spooky witchy women with pale skin, bright red lipstick, hoop earrings, and ambivalent feelings of pursuit (yes, she said "no", slapped our hero in the face, yet the conclusion of the affair puts it all into doubt; a much better version of the Blair Witch Project if you ask me)
Effects in retrospect:
  1. I still think the look of women circa 1984 is the best (I guess it's a puberty thing, were I born in 1572, I'd probably think that powdered petticoats and 6-month B.O. was pretty)
  2. The narrative is still great (not every video had a real story, this one is a cross between a comic book romance and the A-Team)
  3. OK, so I don't know how the truck can leap in the daytime and land, moments later, at night... nor to explode at night while stationary (after leaping over a ramp). The best answer I have is the same answer for how the mystery women ends up driving the ambulance: spooky witchy woman physics!
  4. Does anybody know who the actress is? What kind of car that is? I guess Mr. Google should know; or should I say Dr. Google, given his powers. Note, pseudo-scientist Dr. Nick Wikipedia, does not have much to add.
  5. Nary a year ago, this video was not to be found online. I'm very glad to have found it.
Update, lyrics:
I don't want you to misunderstand me
I just wanna say what's on my mind.
No need to hit me with an attitude because I haven't got the time.
I want you to know one thing's for certain
I surely love your company.
And I won't take "no" if that's your answer
at least that's my philosophy.

REFRAIN:
Stay the night
there's room enough here for two.
Stay the night
I'd like to spend it with you.
Stay the night
why don't we call it a day?
No one can stop us
nothing is in the way.

Have some friendly conversation
and if you still don't have a clue.
Unless there's something else you've got in mind
We've got better things to do.

REFRAIN

Just to have you near me
here by my side
Just to have you near me
And when I get next to your body

Just to have you near me
I wanna tell you something
make it perfectly clear
We're gonna have a very good time.

REFRAIN

I only wanna say: Stay the night
there's room enough here for two.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm from Spain and i like very much this video from the first time i see it, in 1984. The car is a second generation Oldsmobile 442 convertible from 1968. The girl i don´t know who is, but i ever liked she, is a very pretty and attractive woman, ant that mid 80's women look, that hair, big earrings, those shirts, red lips and no piercings or tatoos... still drives me crazy.
sorry for my bad english

JC said...

Your English is fine - and I totally agree with ya. And thanks for the car info.

DesScorp said...

Pal, when you ask "Who is this actress", do you realize that you've asked the last remaining mystery of Google? I say that because I can ask any other question, and Google will have an answer for it. But I've been looking for the identity of this actress for over a year, and no one... and I mean no one has a clue. Everyone is asking the same thing. I've done countless searches and come up with nothing, nada, zip. When I die, and if God favors me with eternal life, I'll ask Him the Great Questions... things like "Why were we here?", "Will I get to see my loved ones now?", and "Who was that actress in 'Stay the Night' "?

JC said...

Oh, great, now I've broken google.

P.S. My big fear is that, like one of the Bond girls in "For Your Eyes Only," she'll turn out to be a man. I couldn't handle that.

Anonymous said...

The girl in the video is supposedly Debbie Evans. She's an accomplished award winning stunt woman.

http://www.debbieevans.com/videos.htm#

Hard to confirm this info. though - it is a mystery. Kind of looks like her....though she was slutted up a bit for the video.

JC said...

Thanks for the answer Anon.

Stylistgal said...

debbie evans indeed was the stunt woman and body double for this video but she is not the actress portrayed. no one knows.

JC said...

Thanks! Ya know, since we are children of the internet - with the power to create and uncreate - we should give this actress a name. I nominate: Rubylips McHoopearrings. Any other nominees?

Anonymous said...

The actress (not the stunt driver) is Ingrid Anderson.

Anonymous said...

The actress (not the stunt driver) is Ingrid Anderson.

JC said...

You Rock Anonymous! Thanks!