The band made a video for this song that proved controversial, as it showed Catholic schoolgirls turning into vampires, with one of the girls happening upon an intimate encounter between her mother and a man.
The video was made around the same time MTV went on the air - August 1, 1981. Blue Öyster Cult was one of very few popular American bands making videos at the time, but MTV didn't touch this one, since they didn't wanted to get booted off cable companies. MTV did play the other video BÖC made from Fire of Unknown Origin
: "Blue Öyster Cult
." Exposure on the network propelled that song to #40 in the US, while "Joan Crawford" failed to chart.