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videos | up on the catwalk

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genre
Studio performance


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There was less budget for this one and so it shows. The effects machine was given back to Top Of The Pops and everyone got down to the task of making a cheap-and-cheerful video look, well, less cheap-and-cheerful.

So, it was decided to get the band on a catwalk (see what they did there!), with another catwalk around the studio's edge (again, see just what they did there) and then have lots of flaming torches dotted around the place (you've lost me now). Now, the catwalks obviously link in with the song, but why someone decided to set the studio on fire is a bit of a mystery to me.

During the performance a multitude of oddly dressed models parade up and down the various catwalks, trying not to set themselves alight. The usual glamour girls are there (with eerie painted faces), but a tennis player and Superman add to this rapidly surreal situation. Watch out for the shots of Derek trying not to laugh.

Despite the strange and unnerving 'models' parading around the periphery, it's the face montages which are the most disturbing. I think you'll agree that the image below is downright frightening. Up On The Catwalk is probably Simple Minds' most disturbing video.

And they're all wearing far too much makeup.




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the kids said:
"Those models with the painted faces are a little too disturbing for my liking. I shall retreat behind the sofa."


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Eerie face montage. Not the best way to start

And we're up on the catwalk...

With the flaming torches...

Derek not getting into the spirit

Rare side shot of Derek and Charlie

Jim giving it his all

Extras from a cheap Doctor Who episode