Ever since the dawn of MTV and Friday Night Videos, the music video has significantly impacted musical tastes and pop culture. It might not be as extreme as when the Buggles declared that "Video Killed the Radio Star", but there is no arguing that the music video certainly could make or break a song's popularity. So this regular Flashback Video feature will serve to remember some of the music videos from the great '80s decade that made an impact on me in one way or another.
This issue we will cover "Don't Disturb This Groove" by The System. “Don’t Disturb This Groove” was the first single released from their album of the same name in January of 1987. The System would end up with one of the biggest hit songs of 1987 achieving regular radio rotation airplay on both R&B and Top 40 radio stations. The single would reach the top of R&B Singles chart in May and peak at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July. It is certainly one of my favorite songs from that year and it brings a smile to my face each time I hear it.
The music video for "Don't Disturb This Groove" was directed by Jim Hershleder. This was his first official directing experience, but he also went on to direct a few other videos including one of my other favorite songs from 1987 in Lou Gramm's "Midnight Blue". In the '90s, he was the music montage producer for the television show The Heights and directed the music video for "How Do You Talk to an Angel" which was a hit song from that show. The music video for "Don't Disturb This Groove" is relatively simple showing David Frank and Mic Murphy driving through California in a big classic convertible featuring lots of desert scenery. They stop at a motel to rehearse their hit song and gain the interest of the girls staying next door who can hear them through the wall. Here is the music video for "Don't Disturb This Groove" by The System...
I had the pleasure of an interview with David Frank of The System and you can check that out if you want to find out more about him in general including creating this awesome song.
Hope you enjoyed another trip back to the '80s thanks to Flashback Video!