Gowan's 'Criminal Mind' is more of a guilty pleasure
It is almost criminal that in the U.S. many Canadian artists never got the time of day on radio and MTV back in the '80s. If restitution is in order, we'll start the process on Stuck in the '80s by showcasing Gowan and his award-winning video of A Criminal Mind.
Last summer we exposed Gowan with his elegant Canadian hit Moonlight Desires from 1987, but today the searchlight shines on his biggest hit entitled A Criminal Mind, which made it to No. 5 on the Canadian charts in 1985.
In 1983, music video director Rob Quartly made his name when he directed Corey Hart's Sunglasses At Night and in 1985, Gowan and Quartly teamed up with big ambitions to create a groundbreaking video. The results were outstanding as A Criminal Mind won the Juno for Best Music Video of 1985.
The video for A Criminal Mind is part animation - like a graphic novel with stylish sets that are not so unsimilar from the look of a Harry Potter movie, although instead of Hogwarts, the School Of Reform For Budding Arch Criminals. The dramatic nature of the lyrics of A Criminal Mind lends to the video each time the chorus ends with Gowan sinisterly declaring that he indeed has a criminal mind.
As reported last year, Lawrence Gowan is now better known to U.S. audiences as lead singer of Styx having replaced Dennis DeYoung in 1999.