Now, some statements which may be slightly less easy to agree with:
Roni Griffith is not the name of a pop star, even by 80s standards. It’s the name of your mom’s friend. You know — Roni Griffith, who bought a used Cadillac and then told everyone it was brand new, but you’re mom’s other friend Nancy Cardinelli blabbed because she’s married to the owner of the Cadillac dealership and oh my god, can you believe that Roni Griffith?
To me, the video is notable for a few reasons:
- Backup dancers gyrating in mesh structures that look like expanding condoms.
- Roni’s trench coat.
- Roni’s passing resemblance to Melanie Hutsell, which puts Hutsell in on a level with Virginia Madsen that I hadn’t considered before.
- They keyboard solo.
- Roni’s fun dance where it looks like an invisible man is dragging one of her arms over to the side.
- The fact that she’s performing from a podium wreathed by artificial leaves, as if her trench-clad body were the stamen emerging from some wonderfully dated flower.
Theory: In retrospect, the invisible man pulling her arm to the side in the “Desire” video was obviously God.
Also: She once performed on Saturday Night Live with her original band, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, in an 1981 episode hosted by Elliott Gould. I had also never heard of this band.
Also also: She’s American. Is that surprising? I would have bet that she would have been British.