Rundgren made a very expensive video for this song that was just the eighth video ever played on MTV. In America, high-budget videos were pretty pointless, since there was nowhere to show them (Devo made the "Whip It
" clip because they thought they could sell Laser Discs). Rundgren, however, had a big cash infusion from producing Meat Loaf's wildly successful Bat Out Of Hell
album, and he used a lot of the money to start a video studio and make the "Time Heals" promo using innovative computer technology mixed with live action. The result was a kind of surreal backdrop with a moving, blurry Rundgren singing in the foreground. MTV didn't give the video many spins after that first airing.