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Worst Music Video Ever of the Week: Billy Squier, Rock Me Tonight

February 13, 2010

Oh, where to begin … Billy Squier personified that weird period between 1979 and 1984 — not the 70s anymore, but not quite the 80s yet, when jeans were tight and guys had hair like Andy Travis. Billy Squier was some kind of guitar hotshot who loaded his crap songs up with synths and piled reverb onto his vocals to create that “arena rock” sound.

It didn’t work. And to make it worse, he somehow ended up starring in this video, which features the fierce rock star in pastel-coloured yoga clothes, dancing like he’s Sweatin’ to the Oldies. I get embarrassed watching it, and I’m only watching it. This guy had to be in it.

Whatever happened to Billy Squier? Well, he’s still at it. He spends his time touring, either with his solo show or as part of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, which also features Richard Marx, Colin Hay from Men at Work, and Richard Simmons.

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4 comments

  1. I’ve always loved this song but I had never seen the video before. Hard to believe, but true. Now, I can’t stop laughing, and I too found myself feeling embarrassed for Billy!!! The next time I feel sad, I know I’ll always have this to get me smiling again. Seriously though, this whole production couldn’g have cost more than a few hundred dollars to shoot.


  2. My god, what a horrible video…I mean, I was about 13 when this song came out and I remember some of his other songs…I always wondered what happened to him…well, not always, but you know what I mean…what the hell were they thinking?…my sides were splitting watching this thing…at the end when he sang with his band he kept on f–n dancing…if you go on Wikip it details some more info on how it ruined his career, theres a whole chapter devoted to it in the book “I Want My MTV”….great stuff


  3. Well face it. Billy Squire was never a looker in the first place nor was he much of a dancer either. 😀


  4. “It didn’t work”? Dude, Billy Squier had two straight triple-platinum albums. I’d say whatever he was doing “worked”. At least until that train wreck of a video.



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