Song 10 Helix

Helix - Make Me Do Anything You Want, 1984

Okay, okay. With only ten songs to go I realised there was no way I could avoid this any longer. Yes, I've let my anti-metal prejudices rule my choices so far: in a decade famous for shaggy-haired screamy hard rock, I've included none. No Def Leppard, no Van Halen, no Aerosmith, not even a whiff of Bon Jovi. Even stuff that was good (so people tell me) like Metallica or Iron Maiden has been ignored. And now I'm about to commit a further disservice to the genre by including Helix as its only representative. Here we see the lads taking a break from teaching their crazed followers how to spell 'rock' to reveal their softer side. (Although one might argue that if a video begins with the lead singer visibly yawning, that's never a good sign. Perhaps the director told him to 'act relaxed'.) Why Helix? Well, they're Canadian, they're just embarrassing enough to make me smile, and the song's kind of pretty - reminds me of summers in small towns in the 80s. My choice might also have something to do with a colleague describing my book as 'Bronski Beat performed by Helix', which I'm still hoping was a joke.

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