I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — this is the most underrated video of all time, the Lost Ark of GAMV clips if you will. Thought rarely seen anywhere in 80s video retrospectives, Ian Hunter’s “All of the Good Ones Are Taken” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award back in 1984. Shot superbly by director Martin Kahane, a director who also helmed a few other notables including Kiss’s “Lick It Up” and two pre-“Slippery When Wet” videos for Bon Jovi. Kahane moved on to country music videos in his post-GAMV career, but this gem gives us some quintessential rock-and-romance moments.

In the video, Mott The Hoople’s former frontman plays a wealthy-yet-pining rocker to a T, complete with mansion, butler, lounging beauties, limos, champagne and a waitress at the diner who won’t give him the time of day. Once bitten, twice shy? Not our Ian, in sunglasses, silk robes and linen suits, bringing to mind everyone from Robert Plant, to Dudley Moore in “Arthur,” to Bill Nighy’s turn as Strange Fruit’s wankerish lead singer in “Still Crazy”.

Who knew Ian had great comic timing? I guess writing “Cleveland Rocks” was a clue.

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band have announced three November 2010 tour dates in the U.S.:

November 11 at The Highline Ballroom in New York City
November 12 at Havana in New Hope, PA
November 13 at The Tabernacle in Mt. Tabor NJ (SOLD OUT)

The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling NY is also presenting “An Acoustic Evening with Ian Hunter & Friends” on December 10. Ian Hunter, Andy York, and Steve Holley will play as an acoustic trio. Tickets are available right now at the Towne Crier website. The capacity of the cafe is just 150, so that should be quite an intimate event.


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