Tears For Fears - "Sowing The Seeds Of Love"
As I've remarked elsewhere on this site, the 1980s were a wretched decade if you weren't rich, pushy, status-obsessed and devoid of anything which could be called a social conscience.
There had been some indications towards the end of the decade that a sort of counter-effect was brewing. We had the rave culture and the lifestyle and music which went with it, for example, and there was just the hint of an undercurrent of change.
Of course, we can see in hindsight that nothing much was to change in any substantial way; merely that those in whose interest it was to make things continue as they had been became rather more subtle and devious in their words and deeds.
Nonetheless, when this song came out in the summer of 1989, with all its allusions to The Beatles and the ideals of thirty years earlier, it was impossible not to hope for something better. It's still a favourite of mine.
Update (25/03/10): That cabal of assholes known as Universal Music Group have prevented you from seeing this clip embedded in my site. If you click on the 'YouTube' logo at the bottom right, however, it should play the video.
Update update (26/03/10): It seems that it'll play all right after all, but won't play when I'm viewing the copy of the page on my hard drive. As you were...
Update update update (12/09/12): The official video which was once here is now - apparently - "...not available in your country." Well, screw UMG; here's a video anyway:
Update the fourth (21/09/17): That one's gone now! Here's another one: