"Rock Me Tonite" by Billy Squier - Vintage Track
Updated: Sep 13
"Rock Me Tonite" is a hit song written and recorded by American rock artist Billy Squier. It was released in June 1984 as the lead single from his platinum-plus album Signs of Life. The song is Squier's highest charting U.S. single, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hitting the Top 10 on the Cash Box singles chart. It also returned him to #1 on the Top Rock Tracks chart in August 1984.
Despite its major success, the song is sometimes associated with the end of Squier's career as a singles artist due to the music video (see above), which was described as one of the worst ever in the 2011 book "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution". The video was directed by Kenny Ortega. it shows Squier dancing around a bed with pastel-colored satin sheets. Squier's concert ticket sales immediately suffered, and he later fired his managers. He has accused Ortega of deceiving him and altering his original concept, which Ortega denies. While Squier has remained steadfast that the video alone was responsible for the initial decline in his popularity, other commentators have been less certain.
You be the judge. It is not the best quality video but it will give you a good idea. The song is fine, but the video is a typical 80's video. What do you think?