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Missing Persons - Words

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Official video of Missing Persons performing their hit "Words" from the 1982 album Spring Session M. Other posts of this video have bad audio and video quality so I posted this DVD-quality version. I made no alterations to the audio but I tried to get more detail out of the video. Unfortunately I had to tilt the video to unblock in the US. (HD video / HQ audio) Missing Persons were a big part of the L.A. New Wave scene in the early '80s along with other prominent bands of the era including The Motels and Oingo Boingo. They received heavy airplay on local radio station KROQ and their videos were frequently shown on the fledgling MTV netowork. I can vividly remember hearing "Words" on the loudspeaker at Magic Mountain waiting in line to ride the roller coaster Colossus. Pure magic. :) Music Video The video is a live performance of the song slightly different than the recorded version on the album. The visual style is in the hazy "whiteout" format that was popular in the early '80's which was used in dozens of other videos such as "My Sharona" by The Knack and "Pump it Up" by Elvis Costello just to name a few. The standout feature is of course lead singer Dale Bozzio's revealing post-modern, plastic-fantastic costume and hot pink and blue-dyed hair. Ms. Bozzio clearly influenced and inspired many subsequent female artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga. Ironically (and perhaps intentionally?) the theme of the song is about how no one listens to the words she's saying and I must admit I was entirely too distracted by Ms. Bozzio's outfit to really listen to the words myself ;) so I've included the lyrics below. Band History Missing Persons is an American band that plays a blend of new wave and hard rock. The band was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles by Frank Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They later added bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild. Dale's quirky voice and heavy makeup made the band a favorite on MTV in the early 1980s. Her revealing outfits played a pivotal role in moving the culture of music videos towards that of overt sexual exhibitionism. Two years of hard work led up to a signing with Capitol Records in 1982 and the release of their full-length debut album Spring Session M (an anagram of "Missing Persons") which later went gold. In 1983 they played at the Us Festival for "New Wave" day. "Words" - Music and lyrics by Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio Do you hear me? Do you care? Do you hear me? Do you care? My lips are moving and the sound's coming out The words are audible but I have my doubts That you realize what has been said You look at me as if you're in a daze It's like the feeling at the end of the page When you realize you don't know what you just read What are words for When no one listens anymore What are words for When no one listens What are words for When no one listens There's no use talking at all I might as well go up and talk to a wall 'Cause all the words are having no effect at all It's a funny thing, I say to myself Something has to happen to change the direction What little filters though is giving you the wrong impression It's a sorry state, am I all alone? What are words for When no one listens anymore What are words for When no one listens What are words for When no one listens There's no use talking at all Do you hear me? Do you care? Do you hear me? Do you care? Let me get by over your dead body Hope to see you soon, when will I know? Doors three feet wide with no locks open Walking always backwards in the faces of strangers Time could be my friend But it's less than nowhere now, it's less than nowhere now It's less than nowhere now, nowhere now Pursue it any further and another thing you'll find Not only are they deaf and dumb they could be going blind No one notices, I think I'll dye my hair blue Media overload bombarding you with action It's getting near impossible to cause distraction Someone answer me bef...