Much of this song's American success owes to MTV, which went on the air a year earlier. Like many British acts, Judas Priest had a head start on music videos, and MTV gave some airplay to "Living After Midnight
" and "Breaking The Law
" when they went on the air in 1981. With their leather-and-studs look and songs filled with feral aggression, they were a great fit for the network, which jumped on "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."
Directed by Julien Temple, it was shot at Kempton Park Waterworks in London. The band performs the song amid a backdrop of smoke and lasers. When a functionary of some kind comes to shut them down, they blow his head off - Halford says the pyro guy really loaded up the mannequin with C4, so it was obliterated. Videos where authority figures are vanquished with the power of rock and roll did very well on MTV.