What about me?

Scanning for material for the blog I came across this one hit wonder from the ’80s from Moving Pictures.  It’s got a nice bit of kick if you put the volume up.

Moving Pictures was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. In 1982, “What About Me” was released off of their debut album, Days of Innocence. It was the band’s first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top. The song’s success led the band to the U.S., where the song also became a hit. The song spent 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #29 on February 12, 1983.  

Moving Pictures were then signed to the Elektra distribution label in the America. Unfortunately, just after they signed, the record label collapsed.

There was friction in the group, and guitarist Garry Frost left the group in 1984. This occured the same year thatFootloose came out. What about me may have been Moving Pictures’ only top 40 hit in the U.S., but Footloose fans also know Moving Pictures from these scene with Ren’s “angry dance”:

The band continued to tour in Australia and gained a strong, loyal following but it wasn’t until 1987 that they released their next album, The Last Picture Show, based on their ‘Live Picture Show’ tour that took place earlier in May 1987, at the end of that year. Soon after the group disbanded.

“What About Me” was also covered by Australian Idol series one runner-up Shannon Noll. The song was released in 2004 and debuted at number-one and stayed there for four weeks.

Nark Guest comments on YouTube

Bit of history with the music clip. I lived directly across the road where this was filmed. It was in the suburb of Coburg (Melbourne) on the corner of Sheffield and Chambers St. The shop was demolished some time after and is now a house.

If you look closely when Alex Smith is next to the wooden pole there is the words WOG written. That was engraved by the owner of the shop’s son Con who was Greek.


Source: Return to the 80s,


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  • ozbob68

    I remember this, the church group I was forced to hang around with in the 80s sang along to this in lovely harmony at someones 21st (I was 14). It was the last time I remember being happy at the group, before the teenage pregnancies, the drugs and the hypocrisy hit (none from me). Pity my parents threatened to chuck me out of home if I left the church. Otherwise, a good memory.

  • Mark

    I remember those black and white lollies. What were they called?