A few months ago I wrote about Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video, not so much because I love the song so much (I really, really don’t) but the video is so dark and 80s, I don’t mind watching with the volume off. Another video of that ilk is Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” from 1982––so 80s that it hurts. Unlike “Addicted To Love,” I actually like this song, and the video, like Palmer’s, features these very mysterious and very sexy women as its main fixtures. “The Chauffeur” is a song simply about a man driving a woman about town in a car and his observations of her. In the video, three women dressed in lots of black lingerie and little else mysteriously meet up in a parking garage. One of them, completely topless, performs a dance that appears to be an homage to Charlotte Rampling’s topless dance in the 1974 “The Night Porter.” All the while, the chauffeur voyeuristically looks on. For obvious reasons, it was banned in the United Kingdom upon its release. Its pretty bizarre but also quite challenging sexually, like Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video and David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” amalgamated and condensed into five minutes. That this video predates both Madonna and Lynch’s works is telling. Below is the video in all of its uncensored glory.
Charlotte Rampling performing the "Dance of the Seven Veils" in Liliana Cavani's "The Night Porter,' 1974.
(L) David Lynch's "Blye Velvet," 1986. (R) Madonna, "Justify My Love," 1990.