I was more than a bit of a geek growing up. I was never into popular music - I got into my Dad's classical and jazz records more than anything current. I got hooked on Big Band, then Chuck Mangione, Grover Washington Jr., other non-cool musicians.
After my Mom died - 1982 - somehow I started getting into more "alternative" music. Remember MTV, when they showed music videos? Suddenly I was watching bands from Europe - who knew they existed (to me, at least)? I was hooked. Yaz, Tears for Fears, early U2, The Sugarcubes, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, New Order, the P-Furs, The Smiths ... I suddenly got so, so into their music. In my own geeky-suburban way, I bleached my long bangs, had the 80's mullet, wore baggy grey wool pants (with the pegged cuffs) and skinny ties, and wore angst on my sleeve. Yeah - we ARE the 80's. Or, at least, I was.
Anyway - I still remember the first time I saw this video on MTV - I was home for a weekend from college, and saw this late at night by myself. Something about the rhythm, the heavy-handed downbeat, and the fact that some popular but weird yellow-eye-shadowed American girl was making an impact in England (Motherland of all cool music) just struck me. I've always loved this song.