4/21/1982 – “Pretty Woman” (Music Video)

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Post date is a loose estimate
I know the single was released Feb 1982, but not sure when the video was actually premiered.  Assuming came out soon after the album released in April 1982.  But I also thought that MTV banned the video pretty quickly.  And Eddie has interview w Jas Obrecht July 1982 where Ed asks if he saw the new video yet for Pretty Woman.  So if anybody has better info on actual release date. thanks.
Van Halen‘s cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ seemed innocent enough, but the director’s vision for the video didn’t exactly sit well with music video networks. The opening sequence featured a pair of little people holding a woman captive and repeatedly fondling her legs as she attempted to resist their advances.

The band members, dressed as a Samurai warrior, Tarzan, and a cowboy all come to her aid but she’s eventually rescued by Napoleon in a limo. However, the “she” is actually a “he,” as it’s revealed at the end that she’s a cross-dressing man, which also raised a few eyebrows. The clip was banned at the time, but times and tastes have changed and the now-tame video has been shown in recent years on VH1 Classic.

Read More: Van Halen, ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ – Banned Music Videos | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-oh-pretty-woman-banned-music-videos/?trackback=tsmclip

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  • Zabo

    Oh the humanity! Diamond David Lee Roth to the rescue. Well sort of?