Picks and Pans Review: Picture Music

updated 06/04/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Don't buy this ambitiously titled tape expecting to bop home, pop it into the VCR and enjoy a sumptuous audiovisual feast. Better yet, don't buy it at all unless you like chewing through a lot of fat to get to the meat. Maybe Picture Music, which includes 15 videos by different artists, would serve for a party tape. But even a roomful of revelers too wasted to see what is happening on the screen would soon grow impatient with this yawnsome collection of video clich├ęs. Buried among the hackneyed images of alien inner-city apartmentscapes, seductive sections of the female anatomy and digitized future shlock that were the stock-in-trade of MTV's earliest offerings, the tape does boast some quality clips. Naked Eyes' Euro-cinematic Always Something There to Remind Me, George Thorogood's bow to the blues in Bad to the Bone and Thomas Dolby's loony send-up, She Blinded Me With Science, stand out among the host of acts that appear as video ghosts of their now-seldom-heard-from selves. The best is saved for last. Steve Miller's Abracadabra, directed by Peter Conn, displays just the right mix of music and razzle-dazzle, full of juggling, clowning and, of course, magic tricks. It's hardly worth sitting through the reset of the bland and banal fare though.

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