With Van Halen scoring big on MTV with blatantly sexual videos, Atlantic Records looked to emulate the formula with John Parr, who they positioned as a swaggering rocker à la David Lee Roth. Tim Pope, who also did "Adult Education
" for Hall & Oates and "Magic
" for The Cars, came up with a rather literal video for "Magical" that played off lyrics like "Love in the shadows, like a smoking gun," and "There's a little bit of bad in every good little girl."
Pope created "The Beaver Club" for the shoot, and inside is a bevy of beauties Parr encounters. There's also Parr coming down from the ceiling wearing giant angel wings - this kind of thing was encouraged in '80s videos.According to Parr
, they also made an X-rated version of the video, which sent Atlantic into a tizzy because they were burning through the budget. Parr and Pope were simply giving them what they asked for.