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Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Morning Videos: "Nine to Five (Morning Train)"

If you were thinking last week, "Is that Sheena Easton strutting around with Prince?", you were right. Easton was one of numerous female singers who fell under Prince's song-writing and producing wings at one point or another, the most famous probably being Sinead O'Connor. But of course, Easton had a pop career (and a video career) long before Prince conscripted her talents. She was one of the first mainstream video pioneers, a performer who really began to hit her stride at the beginning of the 1980s, when the idea of the video as something other than a promotional tool was gaining ground. You can tell just by looking at the simple camera work and simple presentation of her first hit, "Nine to Five" (or "Morning Train," as it was titled in the U.S.); this is a woman who was told by the film crew to just wear something to the shoot she could ride a bike in, and that was it. Works fine, as far as I can tell.

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