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GABRIEL FINISHES FIRST, LOU COMES UNGLUED

Since more and more videos seem to shy away from concepts and settle for lip-syncing, this month’s top two videos are all the more welcome. In them, Peter Gabriel’s and Lou Reed’s directors put them through some heavy changes with eye-catching results.

Ratings system: 80-100, don’t miss; 60-79, recommended; 40-59, watchable; 20-39, weak; 0-19, wretched.

OTHER RECENT VIDEOS:

Moody Blues’ “Your Wildest Dreams.” Things can be tough when you’ve loved a rock star and then have to live the rest of your miserable life with ordinary people, haunted by the memories of how wonderful it all used to be. That’s the premise here as an ‘80s housewife visits a concert where her old boyfriend of the ‘60s--the singer for the Moodies, natch--is appearing. Best scene: She goes backstage to see the old flame and, gee, he indicates with a shrug, he just can’t break away from these bodyguards who are rushing him toward his limo, sorry. Worst scene: Everything else. No, that’s not fair--some of the ‘60s stuff evokes the period rather well. Director: Brian Grant. 25

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