After reading your article, how could you not think of this?
Not only am I having flashbacks to the 80's but I can't help but wonder why the big hair and bitchin' clothing never survived to the next decade. Ha!
To put things in perspective, MTV was barely a year old at the time (and actually played music videos) and the television executives figured this show was a good way to capitalize on the emerging trend. All hail the mighty lip-sync.