Thursday, October 02, 2008

ROCKIN' with David Coverdale and Whitesnake (oh, and Tawny Kitaen too)

Whitesnake. That's David Coverdale top right.

(above and all below) Tawny Kitaen in a highly memorable role.
Above, the incredible opening moment when she flips left to right.









I've been researching rock-and-cars video singles as we get closer and closer to turning ROCKIN' into film and television. Suddenly I remembered the Whitesnake video for "Here I Go Again," with David Coverdale singing and Tawny Kitaen (left and above) . . . dancing. Or, rather, slipping around rather provocatively on the hoods of two Jaguars, one of which was Coverdale's.
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This was back in 1987, when Coverdale and crew re-recorded "Here I Go Again" for their eponymous 1987 album WHITESNAKE (the original version was released as more of a blues song on their 1982 album SAINTS & SINNERS). The re-recorded song soared to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 10, 1987 and number 9 on the UK Singles Chart on November 28.
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Personally, I think it had something to do with Tawny's . . . uh, performance.
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The music video was directed by Marty Callner, who directed most of Whitesnake's videos in the 1980s. As one website put it, "this '80s sex kitten, Tawny Kitaen, ushered many a boy into puberty by writhing around in lingerie on the hoods of the two cars." Amen, brother. I can only imagine what it was like seeing it for the first time, as Kitaen comes into view immediately as the video begins, doing a full left to right round-off across the two hoods. Yeah, baby!
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Kitaen would become Coverdale's wife for a couple of years, and she appeared in several other of their videos, including "Is This Love" and "Still of the Night." They divorced in 1991. Before Whitesnake, she had been associated with the burgeoning "glam metal" scene of the '80s, as she dated Ratt guitarist Robin Crosby. Her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt's self-titled EP sporting black stockings and black pumps, pictured with white rats. Then, in ripped-up clothes, she appeared on the cover of Ratt's OUT OF THE CELLAR.
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After her divorce from Coverdale, she was romantically linked at various times to Tommy Lee, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart. She married Anaheim Angels pitcher Chuck Finley in 1997, but had a difficult personal time for many years. In 2002, she was arrested in Newport Beach, CA and charged with domestic abuse and battery for attacking Finley while the two were driving home. Kitaen reportedly kicked Finley several times with her high-heeled boots (shades of the Whitesnake video shown above), leaving visible marks. Finley filed for divorce three days afterwards. Actually, she's had a pretty active run as a television actress.
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What we remember from all this (besides Kitaen's big, big hair and lithe body) is the sheer astonishment brought forward by '80s cars-and-rock videos like this. Here are just a few of the 5,265 comments (thus far) accompanying the continuing YouTube broadcast of "Here I Go Again":
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mikeandjonnie (1 year ago): "this is quite possibly the greatest song ever made."
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ThisWasTheLastName (1 year ago): "BTW, if you pause at 2:19, you can clearly see a nipple!"
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enzo454 (1 year ago): "Wow, for me, "Here I Go Again" is the best song ever from Whitesnake. It's a good song to [get it on with] a pretty girl. And, yeah, I did it."
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PhoenixCelticEnigma (1 year ago): "They aren't glam. They're hair metal."
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nascar9141 (1 year ago): "I never lived through the '80s. I'm only 14. But I love this music and this is my favorite band."
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morningsnoopy (1 year ago): "I used to love this song, but the video [now] makes me cringe from the "look at me" redhead and too much shaggy perm going on here, but, hey, it was the '80s, and so I dedicate this to the old crowd I hung with."
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friskydingo2007 (1 year ago): "Tawny Kitaen dancing on ritzy cars. It just doesn't get better than that!"
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mernmernstein (1 year ago): "Check out the image at 2:18 of this clip. Are my eyes mistaken or did my day just improve??"
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javier855 (1 year ago): "Hard rock at its finest."
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PhantomsAngel1870 (1 year ago): "Ummmmmm . . . the only reason I watch this vid . . . that damn David Coverdale can work wonders with a mic . . ."
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berfolley (1 year ago): "This band is still brilliant. I'm 23 and love them. My Mom loved them when she was younger."
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rrtt11 (1 year ago): "This was a fantastic song when it came out in '87, and I was a senior in high school. Saw them and others at the Texas Jam--Boston, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Poison, and Tesla. Great, great day, except it was over 100 degrees on the field. I miss the '80s."
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Guffstang (1 year ago): "I saw these guys live in '87 with Great White opening. Tawny was there on the side of the stage. Such good times!!"
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Hunkola (1 year ago): "Oh baby . . . Roll down the windows and crank this baby loud and proud 'cuz it's a freakin' anthem for the ages!!!!"
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omega5959 (1 year ago): "My uncle used to listen to Whitesnake and he told me they are one of the coolest bands of all time."
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BritishBobbie (1 year ago): "I'm nearly 16 and my god I'm in love with the '80s. I mean, Dylan, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, and Springsteen. Where the heck is that kind of talent these days?"
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millionspiders (1 year ago): "I love this song. I just hate that my Mom won't let me listen to it in her car."
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nickmaroudas (1 year ago): "Tawny is like the sexiest woman to ever dance on a car. Man, she is fine."
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bossford1 (1 year ago): "There is nothing like '80s videos!!! The '80s were the best time in my life!"
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Say no more, boys. Gotcha loud and clear. This vid's for the ages. I will remember that!

3 comments:

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Seeing those images I realized I had been so incredible performing in Hollywood because I know I have the talent to do it.

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I have the same videos in my computer because it is the my favorite rock band, I think that this kind of music changed my life when I was 20 years old.thanks for sharing,

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