This song is such a classic and so is the extremely underrated music video. I had no idea William Friedkin directed it but it's not too surprising once you start watching it--some of the images recall movies like Dressed to Kill and (to some degree) Cruising. Apparently the video was a bit controversial when it was first released. Any other fans?
Laura Branigan's Masterpiece, "Self Control"
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HIlaria Baldwino would kill for those eyebrows.
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LOL R1. Her eyebrows are not too thick but I guess thicker than the style now.
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I've always loved this song and the video. Totally 80s.
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What’s with all the black plastic bin liner bags everywhere?
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We always sang this song as Elf Control.
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R4, depicitng a gritty city in decay I think? Making it seem surreal but also not totally dissimilar to the real NYC of the time?
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That opening shot of her was totally giving me Balthus vibes.
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Meh, her flashdance song is better.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/09/2021|
Fun fact: It's an Italian pop song first recorded by the singer Raf. Written by the same people who wrote "Gloria" (originally sung by Umberto Tozzi.)
I don't know how or why she had this Italian connection but it worked out well for her.
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Of course this is Laura again stealing songs from Europe and exploiting the American mark for her own stardom.
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Hey Celine pulled the same shit.
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(The Trump family apparently loves this song!)
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I absolutely adore her. And I am certain Raf would disagree that she stole anything and were quite happy with the royalties she generated for them.
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I said, NIGHT!
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Op, you make a thread about her/this song every couple months.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/09/2021|
r16, I have never posted a thread about her.
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I love that video, r8. When I first saw Flashdance, I told my mom I wanted to work as a dancer in a bar like Mawby’s and my mom told me “good luck”. I didn’t realize there were no real non-stripper dancing on stage opportunities.
Plus I was a 12 year old boy at the time.
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I remember the video, it was a big thing at the time that Friedkin directed it. It was edited or censored because of the orgy scene, it kind of reminded me of Eyes Wide Shut after watching the video again recently. In Friedkin's autobiography he mentioned that he was sent some music by some unknown named Prince who was a fan and wondered if he would be interested in directing a video of one of his songs....apparently Friedkin threw it in the trash. R4 I remember those trash bag streets, I figured they wanted wet streets and this was a low budget way to create the illusion...I may be wrong. I love the song and I like the video but I think the video could have been much better, maybe Friedkin needed some extra cash or maybe he was dating Laura.
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G-d bless both you and your mother, r18.
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That big ol' thing made me nervous.
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|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/10/2021|
I definitely go through periods of obsessively watching that video. She is insanely beautiful at 3:20.
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The video shows you don't need big budgets to make videos interesting.
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I love LB!
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I like the extended version with the longer intro.
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