80s Spotlight: Tony Carey & Planet P Project

Written by on April 2, 2008

Tony Carey, who in the 1970s was a member of the hard rock band Rainbow, also left an interesting mark in the 1980s. While a teen watching MTV back in the day, I saw what was an extremely creative juxtaposition of the concept album and the music video. It was from a band Carey was — and stil is — part of called Planet P Project. Back in the day, as we might remember, MTV was actually a cutting edge cable channel and played experimental music like this on something of a regular basis, even though some of those same bands did not get regular airplay.

The 1984 video for “Do You See What I See/Behind the Barrier” received a ton of critical acclaim as well we MTV airplay. The double album, Pink World, was about the aftermath of something akin to a nuclear war as told mainly from the point of view of the a child with some sort of power. The band’s work was very science finction-based. The group’s other most recognizable song was “Why Me?” Here, in a two-part split, is the video for “Do You See What I See/Behind he Barrier” featuring the same kid who was on the cover of the Pink World album:

Planet P Project still exists and is in the middle of a trilogy that began with the album Go Out Dancing (Part I). Go Out Dancing (Part II – Levittown) was the second (2007) and Go Out Dancing (Part III – Out in the Rain) to be released in the future.

Carey was also remembered for “A Fine Fine Day,” a top 40 Billboard hit in 1984.

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