It’s not often that a person can pull off the most iconic music video in pop culture history.
It’s rare that a single person can take a music video and make it relevant and relevant to a whole era, let alone a decade.
But that’s exactly what the late, great James Taylor did.
He took a video of himself performing his classic hit “We Can’t Stop” in front of the Hollywood sign, and he used it as a template for a song called “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”
The video went viral in 1984, spawning countless parody videos and a series of pop-culture mashups.
Its release in 1985 changed everything about pop culture, and it’s become one of the most-watched videos in history.
But what made “We Don’t Need a New York City” so special?
And what changed Taylor’s career trajectory?
Art Bell is an editor at The Hollywood Reporter and the author of a new book, The Art of the Video.
Bell has covered music videos since the early ’80’s, and has spent decades trying to understand how video’s most iconic moments come together in a way that makes them truly memorable.
“If you’re watching it in a room and you’re a young person, there’s this huge emotional disconnect between the viewer and the performer,” Bell said.
“You’re really watching yourself perform, you’re seeing yourself perform in front a huge audience.
And then when you see that performance, you think, ‘I can do this.’
And the same thing happens with music videos.
They’re very powerful in their ability to convey this enormous emotion.”
You’re watching a young man with no experience performing a song, and there’s an immediate disconnect between him and the audience.
You have a very intense moment with the camera.
And there’s no room for any kind of communication.
The people who want to create a video that’s a video for themselves, I think that’s the direction of music video history, and I think we’re just at the beginning of it,” he said.”
There’s a lot of stuff out there that I think is going to be more and more compelling.
The people who want to create a video that’s a video for themselves, I think that’s the direction of music video history, and I think we’re just at the beginning of it,” he said.
Art Bell’s “We don’t need a new york city” video was released in 1985.
Art Bell’s 1987 “The Beatles” video.
Art bell said the most successful pop-cultural videos have come from those who were already very successful, like Britney Spears or The Spice Girls.
“People who were doing their thing, and weren’t trying to be like The Beatles,” Bell explained.
“The Spice Girls were doing something very different.
They were doing music videos that were very experimental, and that’s what I think the success of those videos will be, because it’s just that they didn’t have to do it like the Beatles, who had a very successful career and who had some really, really successful music videos and were very successful themselves.”
Bell added that it’s hard to be successful in the pop-music world without a hit single, and “we don’t really need a New york City.”
“The biggest thing that makes a hit video is that you can do something new with it.
You can do an innovative thing,” he continued.
“And what makes it so effective is that there’s just no competition in the world.
You don’t have a chance.
And so, it becomes a really powerful medium for people to tell their own story and to say what they feel about something.
It becomes an incredibly powerful medium.”
Art Bell has covered art for more than 30 years, from the late ’60s through the ’90s, and said the process of finding a new creative way to do art is a constant battle.
“It’s not just about finding something new to do, it’s about trying to find a new way of doing things that will be interesting to people,” he explained.
“When you look at any of the great, iconic artists of all time, it always seems to be about making something unique, something that was never done before.
It always seems like they were just doing this to be funny or to be provocative.
It seems like it was just something they could do.”