If you're of a certain age, you remember when music videos burst on the scene in the 1980s and if you lived in some larger cities, you might have come across that hideous marriage of music video, laserdiscs, and juke box called the video juke-
Oddly, the music "video" is much older than that, dating back to the early days of sound when studios filmed musical acts as short subjects for the cinema programme. And even the video juke box is a bit more vintage than the days of Dallas and big hair. For your edification, we present the Scopitone -
Using a new 16mm film format that recorded sound on a magnetic track, the Scopitone was a juke box with a rear projection screen that at the touch of a button would, despite loud, angry protests, fill any bar or restaurant with acts by the famous, the not-
That's a bit of a pity because whatever Scopitone videos lacked in commercial appeal they made up for in enthusiastic directors who combined passion with an utter inability to frame a shot and a complete lack of capacity to grasp the concept of production values. As a small sample, we present Sylvie Vartan singing Locomotion for Scopitone in 1962.