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‘Til Tuesday – Voices Carry

I love Aimee Mann’s platinum blonde 80’s New Wave hair. She’s so beautiful in this video.

I personally would like the video a lot more without the guido in the wifebeater. Although may be he’s an integral part of the story. I have to admit, I have no idea what the song is about.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 20, 2016 at 12:31 am

Posted in Music videos

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  1. I never liked the song or singer. Assumed it was about domestic violence.


    March 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

  2. Idiotic director-created drama injected into music was typical in the 1980s (and now as well, though the music now is so bad it really can’t be degraded). Another example from the 80s:

    (Watching that again, I think it’s pretty cool that he has a bedside iPod with his own porno on it. That’s very forward-thinking.)

    As for Aimee Mann, she has the best plastic surgeon in the West. She actually looked better in the 90s,

    …and is still hot nowadays, when she should probably be fussing with her grandkids.


    March 20, 2016 at 12:59 am

    • so i guess men didn’t have to lift to get girls in the 80s?


      March 20, 2016 at 3:50 am

      • No they didn’t. Although that started to change in 1985, the year this song came out.

        Jay Fink

        March 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      • Right. Professional athletes from the ’80s and earlier seemed much smaller and less muscular, almost skinny.

        @Jay Fink: Although that started to change in 1985,

        Coincidentally, that’s the year I joined an upscale gym and started more serious weightlifting, rather than just benching in my Mom’s basement with an old plastic-covered Sears 110 Lb. weight set.

        E. Rekshun

        March 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      • Airsupply was relevant in the 80s, as if they are today!


        March 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  3. For a long time, I thought the refrain was:

    Hush, hush,
    This is scary . . .

    ice hole

    March 20, 2016 at 1:08 am

    • My girlfriend thought it was “this is Carry”.

      Here’s Aimee Mann in Rush’s Time Stand Still:

      Dave Pinsen

      March 20, 2016 at 1:20 am

  4. I think it’s about a hippie chick being married to a wall-street type, who cheats on her and doesn’t support her self-actualising ambition of becoming a musician. It’s also a clash between a value creator (SWPL chick) and value transferrer (Guido wall-streeter).

    In the end, he gets exposed at a swanky concert (no proles) by his wife.

    I wish i had read lion when i was in high school. Analysing songs and literature from lion’s perspective is very easy.


    March 20, 2016 at 1:23 am

    • I think there is a lot you are missing in that video. She’s not really a hippie chick. You could tell she wasn’t really attractive in High School and her family was extremely poor. Hung out with the “losers”. Never had a socially validating boyfriend and got involved in music because of her limited social opportunities. Then all the sudden in her early 20’s she blossoms in to something that men find attractive, and this rich guido stock broker is suddenly courting her and even though he’s a jerk she falls for him because he’s the first “cool” guy to pay her any attention. Also, her base player is clearly in love with her.

      The guido too, suffers from a lack of social acceptance. To her, he’s some huge catch but his prole manners and likely lower middle class upbringing make one of the least desirable men within his firm. He finds this super hot chick from the wrong side of the tracks that he hopes to impress his upper class colleagues but he’s paranoid her low breeding will cause him embarrass himself instead. So he’s constantly trying to modify her behavior so that she “fits in” properly with his world. She’s ok with it at first but because he’s such a jerk eventually it starts to creating more and more strain on the relationship until the boiling over point at the concert.


      March 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      • Yep, good analysis.

        E. Rekshun

        March 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • You’re analysis is way better than perezHBD’s. He just looked at the characters and described a stereotypical backstory for them you actually analyzed the video.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  5. She originally wrote the song about a lesbian affair with a girl, but the record label made her change it to a man before they’d finance a video, etc. etc.


    March 20, 2016 at 3:39 am

    • Presumably a guido girl?


      March 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      • No, it was a black female.

        E. Rekshun

        March 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  6. Great song, she is really beautiful. She has that smoky voice that is quite endearing.


    March 20, 2016 at 3:55 am

  7. It’s a great song but the vid is one of those things that has nothing to do with the song’s lyrics.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 20, 2016 at 4:05 am

  8. What makes this man a guido? He has dark hair, he’s shown wearing a T-shirt and a chain, and he has a temper? This probably describes a good percentage of the men in Scotland. Silly.


    March 20, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • He looks a bit like a rocked-up Paul Newman, but I’m guessing his career didn’t go as far.

      MaryK: As you know, this blog revolves around certain sociological fixations,chief of which is proles, and with Guidos featuring prominently as a prole sub-set.

      ice hole

      March 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  9. I saw Aimee Mann live in Chicago’s Millennium Park a couple years ago. All of the songs were really boring except when she did “Voices Carry” and “Save Me”. I wish she had done “Wise Up”, which is a personal fav. She had no comments on the meaning behind “Voices Carry”.

    Greg Pandatshang

    March 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  10. Lion do you give girls extra points for being blonde?

    The best part of the song is the “bridge” at 2:13 when it shifts into a different chord progression and starts rocking harder. It was dumb for the video director to have the actor talking over it right then just because there were no vocals.


    March 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  11. Yes, I like it and remember it got a lot of airplay on MTV in the md-80s, back when MTV played amost non-stop music videos. I’ve just downloaded “Voices Carry” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” to my ’80s play list.

    Fun fact: Since 1997, Aimme Mann has been married to Michael Penn, brother of leftist/actor Sean Penn.

    E. Rekshun

    March 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    • Whoa, you just blew my mind. I of course knew that Aimee Mann is married to Michael Penn, who I remember from his early 90s hit “No Myth” (which is okay) and the largely forgotten followup “Free Time” (which I liked a lot). But I never knew that Michael Penn was related to Chris Penn or even to Sean Penn. Next I’ll learn that Kate Bush is George W. Bush’s sister.

      Greg Pandatshang

      March 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  12. Aimme did a shot for shot goof remake of this video set to her song “Labrador” nearly 30 years later. I’m not a huge fan of her look but this really highlights how well she held up over the years:

    Also, the actor the original video seems to have become somewhat of an icon in the gay community. There are internet rumors that he died in 1991 but these seem to be false.


    March 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • As a fair-skinned blonde, Aimee Mann must have done a good job avoiding excessive sun throughout her life, and probably didn’t smoke, drink or party.

      E. Rekshun

      March 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

      • As a fair-skinned blonde, Aimee Mann must have done a good job avoiding excessive sun throughout her life,

        Easy to do for New Yorkers. Pretty likely.

        and probably didn’t smoke, drink or party.

        Not very likely for someone in the music biz. She just has good genes… and didn’t get fat.


        March 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  13. Google the performance video for Coming up Close. Great song and Aimee Mann is absolutely luminous. I couldn’t say whether she’s had work done, but she started from an awfully high place in the ranks of natural beauties.


    March 21, 2016 at 7:23 am

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