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1st ever Music Video of the Week! “Dokken – Dream Warriors”

Hey guys,

I feel this is somewhat of a momentous occasion (for me, at least, haha). I’m presenting to you all my first ever ‘Music Video of the Week’.

When this idea of a ‘Music Video of the Week’ first occurred to me as something I could do for my blog, I already had the perfect idea for what I’d use as my first MV. And thus, here we are now with Dokken’s successful 1987 single, Dream Warriors. Released to coincide with A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, this single, and indeed music video, all hearken back to this awesome Freddy Krueger tale, and personally, what is also one of my all-time favourite films and sequels.

Just as corny as you’d expect, the main premise behind the Dream Warriors music video is the American band, Dokken, use their brand of heavy/glam metal to defeat and drive away Freddy Krueger who is terrorising Kristen Parker, Patricia Arquette’s character in the movie. Combining a small amount of footage from the actual film, it’s interspersed with clever little nods to camera angles and shots used in the movie. For example, a couple of my personal favourites concerns drummer Mick Brown playing his drum lines within the oven in the boiler room, his face partially burned, to the scene where Kristen finds the young girl on the tricycle. The other is George Lynch’s fantastic intro to his guitar solo busting through the room that gets ripped to pieces by the ‘Freddy Worm’ in the feature film. Using one of his signature ESP guitars, decorated with skulls and bones, he rips into his excellent solo, further building the positive rock dream energy that will ultimately slay the Dream Demon that is Freddy.

Filled with tons of references to the Dream Warriors flick, and equally a number of shots that take place in locations from the movie, this music video is still one of the best examples I’ve seen to date of a film-to-music video crossover. And it does so extremely well.

Cleverly incorporating the great talents and wiles of Robert Englund, the man who portrays and brings brilliantly to life the character of Freddy, his scenes throughout as he keeps getting sidelined by Dokken on his mission to take out Kristen are great and enjoyable to watch. It ends on an amusingly ironic note, too, when Freddy wakes up terrified after a bad dream holding a dolly which he then tosses aside before speaking directly to the camera, asking, “What a nightmare! Who were those guys?”

This video is pure 80s indulgence, and is just great fun to watch and listen to, with Don Dokken’s vocals at their strongest. A classic blend of 80s culture if there ever was one!

*Video above is copyright of Dokken and the poster

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