I was an MTV baby. I watched the nascent network incessantly, from the day I moved in to Weinstein Dorm at N.Y.U. in the summer of 1983, until it ceased being an outlet for music sometime in the 1990s. I can say, therefore, with a modicum of confidence, that in the annals of music video production there are few pieces as utterly bereft of merit as the clip for Lime’s dance hit “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight.” The Montreal Canadian native’s 1982 video seems to embody more negative qualities than any video I’ve ever seen: the production values, (there are none); performances that seem like you plucked two random people out of a supermarket check out and started filming; and, most especially, the lo-fi special effects which make Xanadu look high tech. In short, “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight” is completely essential viewing for Stargayzers and anyone who appreciates how very good bad art can be.
I should also add that despite whatever the music video lacked, I always was partial to the song itself. Though the group’s female singer Denyse LePage was actually no singer at all—she sounds like a mouse sucking on a can of Reddi-whip—the song is catchy and her performance, though awful, has a certain charm. But as you’re about to see, her acting and performance chops make her singing seem proficient. In other words, just try to avert your eyes. The song was a big dance hit and got some pop radio play as well. It was also featured in the 1982 Randall Kleiser film Summer Lovers, which starred Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah.
The group’s other singer was husband Denis LePage. There are rumours that today he is a transgendered performer called Nini Nobless, but I found it rather hard to substantiate. Prior to “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight,” the duo had a few other major dance hits, including the #1 “Your Love” (which served as the theme song to cable’s The Nikki Haskell Show).
In the end, both the song and the video have, sadly, been lost to time. Hopefully this blog post will be the beginning of a movement to restore “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight” to its proper place in the pantheon of good/bad art. See for yourself:
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