Essential Music Videos: Totally '80s features some of the decade's biggest artists, but only a few of their biggest hits. Devo's "Girl U Want," which was directed by the band's Jerry Casale, recognizes the desire of female power. It wasn't nearly as popular as "Whip It," but brilliant just the same. "Shy Boy (Don't It Make You Feel Good)" by Bananarama and Howard Jones' "New Song" were mild favorites among new wave enthusiasts earlier on, but it took "She Drives Me Crazy" to turn Fine Young Cannibals into international pop stars at the end of the Reagan era. Additional video hits by the Pretenders and the B-52's are also included here.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson