Video Review: Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight"

In black-and-white, Eddie Money leans against a metal loader, tapping his foot while standing on the stage inside Lawlor Events Center. The stadium seats unoccupied, Money approaches the microphone.

In silhouette, Ronnie Spector taps her finger on the vanity in the dressing room and smokes a cigarette.

Money touches both sides of his head with his hands. Spector drops her cigarette on the floor and stomps on it with her heel. He takes off his sunglasses and holds the microphone stand.

She dances down the hallway while he swings the microphone like a whip, throws it in the air and catches it. Her face shows up on the jumbo screens. He hits the metal loader.

She continues to dance down the hallway as the custodian mops the floor and moves past the barricade. A curtain lifts up by the entrance. With his back turned, he plays the saxophone as she dances towards him. He pretends the saxophone is a guitar and then raises it in the air. Spector smiles as his image is seen on the jumbo screens and then returns back to silhouette as she walks away.

Rating: 4/5

The vintage black-and-white harkens back to the 1960s pop era of teenagers screaming for their favorite groups who played on variety shows. The Ronettes, with Ronnie Spector, as lead singer, was one of the early successes with “Be My Baby” in 1963.

Over the years, theatres evolved to stadiums and by the 1980s, image had become the main focus due to the popularity of MTV. Wistful for simpler times, Eddie Money performs a Ronettes song, encouraging Ronnie Spector to come back on stage and enjoy her moment.

Spector grins as Money sings, appreciative of the recognition and respect. It’s been decades since she really loved music. It become something played in the background, a painful reminder of a lost dream.

Director: Nick Morris Year: 1986

Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight video

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