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SOUND + VISION

STEVE BARRON WAS ONE OF THE T ITANS OF THE 80s MUSIC VIDEO SCENE, A VISIONARY DIRECTOR WHO CAME TO DEFINE THE DECADE WITH A SERIES OF SCORCHINGLY ICONIC PROMOS. CLASSIC POP CATCHES UP WITH THE TRAI LBLAZER TO REFLECT ON HIS T IME WORKING WITH, AMONG OTHERS, MICHAEL JACKSON, ADAM ANT, A-HA, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, THE JAM AND DAVID BOWIE…

Since helming his first music promo with The Jam’s Strange Town in 1979, Steve Barron would become one of the coming decade’s most in-demand video directors. Having cut his film-making teeth as assistant cameraman on such mega-budget blockbusters as Superman and A Bridge Too Far the Dublin-born Barron would soon find himself at the heart of London’s thriving music scene. Over the next decade he would be responsible for such era-defining videos as Billie Jean, Take On Me and Money For Nothing, before upping sticks to Hollywood and establishing himself on the big screen with movies including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Electric Dreams and Coneheads. Now primarily working in TV (his next project is a remake of Around The World In Eighty Days), we caught up with the video veteran to talk to him about his 40-plus-year career…

Steve Barron was one of the pioneering music video directors of the 1980s

You started your career on some intimidatingly big movies. That must have been quite the tutorial in terms of learning about film.

I learned a lot about the practical process of film-making. Not so much about the storytelling aspect of it but certainly about technical process; lenses, the way to move the camera and all the nuances of it.

How did you get into the music video business?

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This month, we have the definitive interview with the returning Shakespears Sister – back after a split that lasted more than 25 years. We also meet Lloyd Cole to talk about his stunning electronic-flavoured new album Guesswork and catch up with the iconic Betty Boo who looks back on her career as a UK hip-hop trailblazer. Our Classic Album this issue is Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ambitious debut Welcome To The Pleasuredome and we take a deep dive into the studio work of Belinda Carlisle for our Album by Album feature. We talk to Steve Barron, the director who shaped the 80s pop video landscape, and also hear from China Crisis’ Gary Daly as he unveils his first-ever solo album. Read our verdict on Madonna’s Madame X alongside new live LPs from Soft Cell and New Order plus much more in our new albums pages. Our packed reissues and compilation section features Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Joy Division, Shakespears Sister and more. On the live reviews front, we check out shows including Take That, Howard Jones, Marc Almond and the Manic Street Preachers. Enjoy the issue!