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 "Nobody's Fool" by Cinderella. This was the second single released from the band's debut album, Night Songs, in October 1986. "Nobody's Fool" was Cinderella's first hit and it went on to peak at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in February 1987. This song as well as later Cinderella hits were certainly helped by their music videos receiving heavy rotation on MTV.
The music video for "Nobody's Fool" was directed by Mark Rezyka who was quite prolific in that genre particularly from the mid-80s through the early-90s. Previous to working with Cinderella, Rezyka directed videos such as Lindsey Buckingham "Holiday Road", Ray Parker Jr. "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You", Quiet Riot "Bang Your Head", Quiet Riot "Cum On Feel the Noize", Lita Ford "Dressed to Kill", Ratt "Wanted Man", Survivor "The Search Is Over", Mary Jane Girls "In My House" and Eric Carmen "Hungry Eyes" among many others. He then did their debut video for "Shake Me" and their subsequent video for "Somebody Save Me".
The music video continues the storyline from where their debut single "Shake Me" video left off. It follows a Cinderella-like girl as she magically accompanies the band to their rehearsal space, with her wicked step-sisters in pursuit. As the band performs the song, the girl runs home but at the stroke of midnight her rocker outfit changes back to a plain dress. She is shown later meeting the band again for an autograph, and the video ends as a glint of recognition passes across lead singer Tom Keifer's face. Here is the music video for "Nobody's Fool" by Cinderella...
Cinderella and this song were part of the surge in popularity for what was called "glam metal" which also included other hits like Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home", Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" as well as groups like Ratt, Poison, Dokken, Skid Row and Warrant among many others.
Hope you enjoyed another trip back to the '80s thanks to Flashback Video!