Leave It (partially found series of Yes music videos; 1984)

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Leave It.jpg

Screenshot of "Version 11" of Leave It.

Status: Partially Found

In 1983, the British progressive rock band Yes released its eleventh album 90125, reaching 3 million copies sold in the US alone. After the success with their number-one hit single Owner of a Lonely Heart, the band released their second single Leave It in February 1984. The single peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the Top Album Rock Tracks chart. Unconventionally, Accompanying the song was eighteen music videos to the song. The videos were all shown with MTV announcing with a version that was about to be played on MTV. After a while, Version 11 of the series was declared the "official video" to Leave It and the other videos fell into obscurity.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Leave It videos were directed by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, also known as the rock duo Godley & Creme. All variants of the video has the subjects upside down. MTV made a documentary of the making of the music videos.

Availability[edit | edit source]

As of 2021, three versions of the video have been found. Version 11 has been the official music video to the song and is on the Yes Official YouTube channel. Version 1 was posted on YouTube by Anthony Riddle in 2019. Version 7 has also been found, having been posted on the Internet Archive by Mickeys Tape Collection on November 2nd, 2020.

Some of the other versions of Leave It were shown in the MTV documentary. However, it is unknown which version is which due to a contest being held by MTV at the time to have fans guess how many versions of the video were made.

Versions[edit | edit source]

# Description Status
1 Members of Yes upside down Found
2 Unknown Lost
3 Unknown Lost
4 Unknown Lost
5 Unknown Lost
6 Unknown Lost
7 One member in the video Found
8 Unknown Lost
9 Unknown Lost
10 Unknown Lost
11 Official Music Video Found
12 Unknown Lost
13 Unknown Lost
14 Unknown Lost
15 Unknown Lost
16 Unknown Lost
17 Unknown Lost
18 Unknown Lost

Gallery[edit | edit source]

MTV Extra: Making of the "Leave It" Music Videos.