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Ultraviolet Crush is a music video aesthetic that was prevalent from roughly 1988 to 1993, during the Memphis Lite era. This aesthetic is named after the vibrant ultraviolet hues and empty warehouse visuals that dominated music video channels at the time. This video style co-existed with numerous eras such as Hair Metal, New Jack Swing, and Adult Contemporary. The popularity of this music video style was aided by the growth of urban deterioration in the 1980s, as well as Graffiti Pop's presence in the media. The term was coined by designer Steves Peeps in 2023. The aesthetic was replaced by VH1 Sepia Sky in 1993.


  • Empty warehouses
  • Violet & purple tints
  • Mist
  • Alleyways
  • Saxophones
  • Urban decay
  • Trash cans on fire
  • Orange clothing
  • White clothing
  • Gaussian blur
  • Window light glow
  • Spotlights


  • Janet Jackson
  • Roxette
  • Babyface
  • Bobby Brown
  • Michael Jackson
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Pebbles