“Goodbye To You” – Isn’t it Iconic

ting in on the New Wave fashion action with Patty Smyth and Scandal.

Scandal – ‘Goodbye to You’

Scandal was a short-lived rock band from New York that lasted from 1981 to 1985. Fronted by the raspy-voiced Patty Smyth, Scandal only released two albums during their time together, and are most well-known for the rock ‘n’ roll anthem, ‘Warrior’ from ’84. Their first release, a self-titled EP, featured ‘Goodbye To You’, an infectious New Wave break-up song that captures the synthesized new wave sound of the early 80s. At the time (1982), ‘Goodbye to You’ barely made a dent in the Billboard Top 100, topping out at 65. But what radio ignored, television welcomed, and thanks to MTVs repeated playing of the video, the tune went on to become a classic of the era that has withstood the tests of time.

About the Look

Production-wise, there is nothing at all special about the video — it’s just another low-budget performance clip typical of MTVs early days. But it’s Smyth who is absolutely captivating, bouncing and twirling as she sings in her little red sparkly dress. Accessorized with Southwestern beaded ad-ons, it’s an odd style pairing that somehow works. As for the Scandal dudes, it’s all about the archetypal New Wave uniform: slim jackets and jeans worn with striped tees. There is nothing in this video that cannot be worn today. Except the hair on keyboardist Benjy King. While impressive, it’s a tad too 80s for our tastes.


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Fashion Stylist | Author of "Michael Jackson Style" and "Madonna Style". Spent majority of time backstage in London and New York; shuffling between Fashion Week and Theatrical Costuming Gigs after Graduating from the University in Fashion Design.


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