The wondrous technologically-advanced masks of pure beauty from the video for “Adventures In Success” by Will Powers!
Nobody needs more proof that the 80s was one great, big, wonderful LSD trip that we were all on together, but just in case they do, here’s a fucked-up, brain-melting video that was actually made and actually played on MTV in 1983. Lynn Goldsmith is a photographer who takes pictures of famous hos and in the early 80s, she got the idea to create a fake character named Will Powers who was a parody of all those self-help gurus.
Lynn deepened her voice to play Will Powers. She put out an entire album of “affirmations” set to music and she got help from Sting and Carly Simon. The album “Dancing For Mental Health” had two hit singles on it and it also gave us this video made of one hundred percent pure digital fuckery. I remember watching this in the 80s, but I don’t think I was weirded out by it then. That’s probably because oxygen was filled with angel dust in the 80s and all of us were high out of our minds all the time, so fucked-up shit like this didn’t even faze us. If one of Gary Busy’s shrooms-induced hallucinations was your life coach, this is what one of your sessions would look like:
Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” owes EVERYTHING to Will Powers and the entire special effects industry owes EVERYTHING to this video, because the Windows 95 screensaver graphics were inspirational, waaaay ahead of their time and next level. And those masks were the true star of the video, because they were the glamorous stuff of nightmares and a thing of beauty. If you took one of those porcelain clown masks from the mall and tried to do chola make-up on it while riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a bumpy road, it would look like those masks in this video and that IS the look.