When I lived in England in the very early 80s, I was a huge fan of British pop music. I was, after all, young and we all like the music of our youth, especially when played out in interesting or romantic locations. When I came back to the States from England, MTV had just started, and was relying heavily on the music videos British pop groups routinely made for the “Top of the Pops” (a weekly TV show that played the top ten tunes of the week). Since I already knew all of the music played on MTV from my time in England I was, for once, on the cutting edge of pop culture. It took about a year before MTV starting being enough of a phenomenon that music videos were made for and went directly to MTV instead of first journeying through the British charts. All of this is a rather irrelevant intro to one of my favorite of the early 1980s pop tunes, Split Enz’s “One Step Ahead of You,” a piece I’ve always found mesmerizing and relaxing. Looked at over the gap of 27 years, the video is also singularly wholesome, isn’t it?
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