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Music videos changed the industry for ever, some say for the worse, allowing image to be more important than the credibility of the voice, pretty boys and girls soon taking over from huge black divas and middle-aged men with bald patches, instruments not required, the X-Factor the dreadful afterbirth of this commercial sell-out. It doesn't matter how badly you sing, if you look good and can do the dance routines (that are there purely to stop the artists singing) and have the vanity and confidence to stand up their on stage to carry it off you will be the rewarded. That is why the Susan Boyle story is all the more amazing, her image not what record companies wanted at any point, even for the classical genre she is now in, all the big opera style singers dominating the charts suspiciously attractive and young these days, unable to escape the image over voice ethos. Boyle (pronounced boil) has now equalled the Beatles for having two albums in the calendar year at number one both sides of the Atlantic. If you ask me it was never about the hype with her but another reaction by the weary public against pretty boy and girl acts that can't live without airbrushing and Auto Tune, Britain's Got Talent the antidote to the X-Factor.
The agitated public, of course, are trying hard to hit back against Simon Cowell by keeping the fat and old people going on his shows to the very end, just as the BBC viewers did with Anne Widdicombe on Strictly and Gillian Mckieth on I'm a Celebrity. But the stunt to get that naughty hard rock song to the Christmas number one last year to usurp his acts seemed to be the perfect riposte and exactly what Cowell wanted. The guy is playing the British working-class audience like a fiddle. He wants them to be angry and as long as they pick up the phone to vote out Wagner he makes money, why he gets them on the show, of course. But you didn't need telling that did you.
Once videos took over music there was no going back and the days of the one hit wonder joke acts were over. My top ten videos will be styles rather than the best videos, everything from gangsta rap to soft metal!
*****My top 10******
1- The 'Mini Epic'
I think Michael Jackson's Thriller has to be there if just for its boldness. Jackson changed music video stations for ever with this and turned MTV away from white 'suck rock' to the more laid black music stations they are today. At the time MTV were slurred with accusations of racism for not playing any black music. The video lasts a mental 15 minutes, longer than a Keith Moon drum solo, and only Jackson could have got away with that, this, more a promotion for the album than his single by the same name. In fact it became the template showcase style for hyping 'the big single'. But all great works of art are parodied, the ultimate applause, this extraordinary performance (see below) by the prisoners of a very tough prison in Manila in the Philippines showing how powerful Michael Jackson was and is for ethnic minorities around the world. I was never going to bore you guys by showing you the real thriller film. I'm sure you have seen the original.
2-The Rap Video-
I can't recall the group but they were hardcore West Coast rappers and their video was the usual load of 'bling brotha's throwing their hands and groins at the cameras and signing about 'booty', 'money' and 'cribs'. But then they start having full sex with the girls in the video for a full on porno, just blurred dots over the naughty bits. Some say it's this decadence that promotes gang culture in black America that sees 75% of that entire countries gun and knife fatalities coming from that community and being 60% of the prison statistics whilst others say it's an expression of Caribbean confidence. The British 'street' music version, of course, doesn't quite convince and so you tube is left to make those macho gang gestures. There is nothing more hilarious than five or six 14-year-old Essex lads in baseball caps and hoodies trying to beat-box and rap about the tough streets of Chelmsford.
(Hilarious and includes swearing)
3-The home made hero-
The thing that women love most about men, behind money and looks, is confidence, why the scream and shout at rock concerts when the star takes the stage. But those rocks stars were pimple kids once and youtube allows you to capture the moment a star is born and that shy geeky kid suddenly becomes hot, the video below an example of. A talent is a power in its own way and music is the top of that pile. All that practice in your bedroom will pay off if you stick with it. You tube has created a new kind if hero, a skilful campaign by Justin Bieber's people making him a star purely through youtube.
When Susan Boyle sang on Britain's Got Talent the judges and audiences eyes alike were wide open with amazement, not because she could sing so beautifully but that an ugly fat woman could have a talent so big and the confidence to deliver it. Would David Beckham be the admired and rated footballer he is without the looks and shy smiles? The answer is a categorical no. We all have the talent but not the confidence. 75% of confidence comes from how you think people perceive you and how you feel about yourself. Sometimes that talent is trapped in smoky clubs and will go unseen, as was the case with Eva Cassidy.
She had a stunning voice and released a record in 1992 that went equally unseen, Eva, known only in the Washington DC area. But then this astounding version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' emerged on you tube long after her death from skin cancer and once it debuted on Top of the Pops 2 it shot to number one in the fledgling download charts, quickly followed by her posthumous album Songbird. It showed the true power and speed of the internet digital revolution and changed the way music was recorded forever and to prove that point saw the end of Top of the Pops some three months later.
5-The film soundtrack-
A song can be a huge hit if it marries well with an advert or a movie. Berlins 'Take my Breath Away' is an ok love song from an obscure band but was a huge hit because it featured on the Top Gun soundtrack and so Tom Cruise their wallpaper. In the 80s many mediocre bands were made this way and the royalties to use a song on a movie is huge, as it is a commercial. There's a great documentary movie called 'Dig' where two cool American indie college bands, The Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhol's, lose their close friendship because The Warhol's decide to do a television commercial for the big pay day and more fame, a complete sell out as far as the other band are concerned, but both highly rated by the music press back then. The winner was the band who took the money, very few people have heard of the Jonestown Massacre, imploding in the documentary as their music went unappreciated. Even the Elvis and John Lennon Estates have finally accepted that using their songs and images in commercials is inescapable now.
-6 The Soft Rock Video-
If you're not a rock fan in any way then all the videos look ridiculous and so not to be convinced otherwise. Even for metal fans we do wince as the big hair bands and tight jeans strut around on stage, their balls being squeezed more than the Irish. But the point with rock it doesn't take itself too seriously and if it does then woe betide if you bring a video out with a poor song (see below).
-7 Dance so you don't have to sing live video -
Once miming was acceptable you could edit your song how you wanted it and not hinder your 'live' performance. We now have the bizarre sight of Cher miming to her own Auto- Tune spiked number but without Auto-Tune? This frees up the boys and girls to do complex dance routines and so the actual singing talent becomes pretty irrelevant and so the birth of the boy band. Individually the 'Take That' guys can't sing but in harmony and with a digitally enhance voice their looks and 'pecs' allow them to get away with it. Robbie Williams has a dreadful voice but had the charisma and good looks to carry him and that now constitutes talent. The days of a twenty stone black American mama with an astounding soulful voice getting a hit are long since gone Boy Zone only had a rough idea what a boy bands should do and this hilarious performance on Irish television showed just how much the mangers that run these guys were taking the pi** to contrive music to make money.
8 - Too many in the group video
In the 1970s and 1980s the one hit wonder bands knew getting on Top of the Pops was their only chance to shine and so many bands invited all their mates into the band to get on telly. You had the moody synthesizer player wit the gelled hair , the second bass guitar player who had seemingly never picked up a guitar in his life and banging it like a drum, the castanet guy alongside for support. Someone else may be given a bongo drum and then there were the headcases like Bez of the Happy Mondays, seemingly only in the band as their dealer, but given a tambourine to keep him busy. Cool and the Gang ( I have never seen so many trumpets!) and the Flying Pickets famously packed out the stage on top of the Pops, Showaddywaddy actually splitting up as they were fed up of sharing the royalties between the varying members of the band. We only bought their records because of the chaos on the stage and so it was their paradoxical end.
-9 The Novelty single-
This is the worse kind of video. Be it a football team or Comic Relief these are painfully bad and cringing. Peter Kaye is one of the very few to get it right with the brilliant Amarillo cover but few else join him in that hall of fame. Christmas time tends to cough these up like winter flu and who will ever forget David Bowie with Bing Crosby singing that yuletide classic.
It's pointless having a pop at fun video like World Cup ones (a spoof one for FIFA would be fun though) so it's best to snigger at the ones who take it seriously. Soap opera stars tend to fill this grouping well and who will ever forget Anita Dobson from Eastenders signing the theme tune. I did, and very quickly too!
The biggest reason not join the European Union has to be the music scene. All Europop should be banned and buried in that Chilean mine with European human rights lawyers!
In a simpler time, songs were probably enough to capture the imagination of the listeners. That was probably when there was only a handful of records out, and a single could stay in the charts for 5 months without ever reaching number 1. So my dad says anyway. Once, an appearance on Top Of The Pops (now defunct) was enough to secure you a decent climb on the charts. However, thanks to the rise of MTV during the 80's, a record will sink or swim based on rotation on the many music channels available. Here is my Top 10 favourite music video's.
10. Travis Why Does It Always Rain On Me
This video opens with Fran Healy tied up and gagged in the back of an old banger. When his bandmates get out and wander off, he sings through his duct tape. Eventually, he free's himself and wanders off after them. I was never actually sure what was going on in the video, but I love its simplicity, and it does seem to go well with the self-pitying song from their mega-successful The Man Who album.
9. Reba Macentyre and Kelly Clarkson Because Of You
Clarkson's classic ballad got a country make over as she teams up with one of Nashville's finest stars. This wont remain my top video, but I have just discovered it and am loving it just now. It shows Clarkson in a violent relationship and her actress co-star Macentyre trying to guide her out of it. Again, nothing overly dramatic happens, but I like the message of solidarity in the video.
8. Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall
From a time where music video was just taking off, and certainly didn't have the advantage of today's director's or editing people, this video and its odd little animations was probably the cream of the crop. It looks dated and dull now, but back then Pink Floyd's signature tune probably had one of the best video's in the chart.
7. Kylie Minogue Confide In Me
Kylie's a little barbie doll. In fact, she's 6 barbie dolls, all encased inside a barbie house of screens. The camera flicks from side to side capturing the different Kylie's and combining her with strange bilingual messages of help for the viewers. The song is probably about abuse, and in some strange way, so is the video. Brilliant track, brilliant video.
6. Sam Sparro Black And Gold
I must have a thing about guys being stuck in the boot of their car. Whats that all about? Anyway, this recent sleeper hit from the debut album of Sam Sparro has him crawling out of a limo to dance with multiple similarly-dressed dancers. At first glance I thought it was him, but apparently not. The song is superb, and the video has that cold class that makes the song work so well.
5. The Hoosiers Goodbye Mr A
I love the play on words of the title. Also, the video is a hoot. They get to dress up as superhero's and belt the real superhero off into space on a rocket. Its as camp as get up, but the song is a real sing-a-long and the video is a romp.
4. Amanda Marshall Dark Horse
This is one of my favourite songs, and has a country feel to it. The video has Amanda sitting inside a room where the windows are actually a screen which shows the man of choice. She captures just the right amount of angst, and its glorified by the use of black and white.
3. Belinda Carlisle Circle In The Sand
An 80s classic, this song has one of the most appropriate video's in my list. Belinda's face appears on her washing as it hangs on the line like pictures in a dark room. Behind them, waves crash in the ocean. At a time when Belinda was considered a pin-up, she wriths about on the beach with see-through clothes and damp hair.
2. Fairground Attraction Perfect
This good old Glasgow band do their video in the traditional way. Eddi Reader belts out the classic number 1 aboard a barge going down a river (not sure if its the clyde or not?). Her attempts to dance are slightly cringeworthy, but the song is brilliant and the video is enthusiastic and simple.
1. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue Where The Wild Roses Grow
This is a legendary duet between the king of goth and Australia's golden girl, where she is battered to death with a rock in the name of love. In the fairy tale video, reminiscent of the Grimms Brothers work, she lies by the side of a lake with snakes and centipede's crawling over her, whilst he strokes her in obsession.
After having done favourite albums and favourite artists, the next options were favourite songs, singles and videos, so here come my favourite 10 music videos. As with everything I seem to pick their'll be a few weird choices, but reasons will be shared with you as will the band. Although their is some missed as with every top 10 list, you can't have every one you would like put into your top 10 so despite this being subject to change on an almost daily basis, at the time of writing it's the 10 that stand out. Of copurse some obvious choices have been made, for iconic video's which are going to be on 80%+ of these sorts of list's, sorry for being predictable with them, but that merely shows how awesome the videos are, though I'll admit most of the video's aren't in this category.
10-Smells like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to include this video due to the iconic status of the song, but I have done anyway, with the huge following the song has got, the video merely adds to the whole grunge feel, of the band. The dirty, dank basement like studio, the barren revellers and of cours the band on a musty badly lit stage all add up to not only tell us what the band were about, but just exactly what grunge was about. Taking the band, and more exactly Cobain from troubled and scruffy kid to huge megastars almost overnight. If Teen spirit was the song that launched grunge, this video is the video that launched Kurt Cobain into the mainstream.
9-Smack my Bitch up (Prodigy)
First person music video, one of very few, and with it being this good I'm hugely suprised that it hasn't caught on, despite it some what a violent, drug based video it's still brilliant. Looking through the eyes of 90's clubber (likely male) as they go to a club, a bad, get drunk and basically keep going through the night from when they get up to them getting in a fight. Despite the video being one of the all time greats it'll never really be remembered for the filmographic details but more for the satire and darkness of the whole thing, which is a rather large shame considering just how brilliantly done it is.
8-Learn to fly (Foo Fighters)
Now anything that mixes brilliant music, an airplane, the guys from Tenacious D and Dave Grohl in womens clothes is brilliant as far as I'm concerned. The video does mix both live stage footage with the daft airplane short in which Grohl seems to play everyone but the tea boys (Tenacious D's roles), which include the passengers, pilot, musicians on the TV screen (the live footage) and of course the stewardess'. As with everything linked to Jack Black the humour is second to none, with the "storyline" of it being that the tea boys drug the tea, leading to everyone falling to sleep and the plane nearly crashing before..."Pilot Grohl" wakes up and saves everyone.
7-Clint Eastwood (Gorrillaz)
The first animated video on this list is the brilliantly wonderful "Clint Eastwood" which has a place in my heart due to the fact I liked the song and I loved those zombie's! As with the previous video it has the ingredients that make something fun to watch, in this case, carttons and zombies...if they threw pirates and ninjas in it'd be orgasmic. The video actually stands out in my head better than the song (despite me having the album it's off somewhere), which is maybe why it's in the list, as any video that beats the song is rather damn good. Damon Alburn's brilliance is evident right throughout and god knows why the idea popped into his head, but I'm not complaining, lets have more of this animated brilliance.
6-Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
The iconic Queen video features quite lowly on this list despite it's technical brilliance and it's ageless wonder, it is hugely over-rated and not one of the best 3 of all time. The effects, the lighting, the sounds and everything else is brilliant and has possibly been able to transcend the generations of musical videos since, despite this it's not got a storyline or anything else that will still catch your attention and has suffered (like a lot of great things) due to over exposure, which counts heavily against it. Sadly this description of the magical video which features several wonderfully inventive features has been pretty negative rather than positive, sorry for this.
5-So Real (Jeff Buckley)
Buckley is a guy I could spend all week talking about and still have stuff to tell you afterwards, but rather than trawl on, I'll give you some trivia. This song replaced "Forget her" from the original release of "Grace" back in 1994, due to reasons cited as "personal" by Buckley, this song was formed over a riff that Michael Tighe (Buckley's Bassist) had been playing, and the song was just completed in time for the album (apparently the song was finished just a week before the album's EPK). The song then had a musical video (as did "Grace", "Forget her" and another song which I've forgotten the title to), what stands out about this one though, is the ape suit. Thats right an ape suit, Buckley dresses as an ape, that my dear friends, is how you make a great music video, get your vocally brilliant lead to wear an ape suit and ride a biclycle, easy enough.
4-Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel)
Another iconic video, this time from the former Genesis leader and complete musical genious (yeah another contreversial statement), in a video that brought stop-time animation to the public attention (yeah a second animated video) and was regularly on the top of MTV's most played list. The video that helped establish Peter Gabriel's solo career as something to take seriously (despite his onstage antics) and the song even managed to knock Genesis off the top spot in the charts, which shows it wasn't just the video that was popular. For those fans of Tim Allen's "Home Improvement" the video was parodied for the intro of the show. at one point.
3-Jesus He Knows Me (Genesis)
Talking about Genesis, who during the 80's had a string of fantastic videos which had me ooh'ing and aaah'ing over which should be included, either this satirical look at TV Evangalists or the Talking Heads inspired video (which some how, I've forgotten the name of, embarrassing really). This won over in the end (mainly due to the fact I could actually remember the title), a video in which Phil Collins plays the evangalist priest encouraging viewersw to pledge their money to buy a place in heaven (and help him buy whatever he wants), a brilliantly colourful and fun video which helps us understand...nothing at all, but hey it's fun to watch.
2-Experimental Film (They Might Be Giants)
I had to get one really obscure choice in here somewhere, so here we are, at #2 TMBG's brilliantly animated video which has no point to it other than a bit of fun and as the title suggests a bit of an experimental film. The video may not have the filmographic brilliance of Sledgehammer of Bohemian Rhapsody, or the humour of Jesus he knows me and Learn to fly but I like it, and this is my list. One of the few videos you can find online through the makers own website which also features an excellent comedy commentary (I was goint to merge them words but felt "commendary" was silly) as an easter egg.
1-Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Is there anything at all I can say about this video? Of course it was going to be #1 no matter what was going to be said by anyone. A video where not only do we get Jackson dancing (which is always fun) but we getting him turning into a zombie, we get dancing Zombie's and we even get a video which seems to have it's own story which is always a plus. Now remember if you stick Zombies in there, it'll please me, I like to be pleased...ok that sounds wrong but you get the idea. We need more zombie video's damnit it! A technically brilliant video that has yet to be surpassed.
Just missed out...
Genesis' talking head's video (which I still can't remember the name of..lil help?)
Superman's dead by Our Lady Peace
96 Quite Bitter Beings by Camp Kill yourself
November Rain by Guns 'n' Roses
At first this sounded an easy category. There are so many great songs out there I could list a hundred rather than ten, but the more I thought about it the tougher it seemed. Yes, there are lots of great songs, but great music videos? That's not so easy. To me a really good music video has to fit certain criteria. A fantastic song can sometimes make a dull video seem memorable. On the opposite side we've all watched the incredible video that's so good you never even notice the song is utterly flat until you hear it on the radio one day and think "How did I ever think this rubbish was good?" To be on a top ten list, in my opinion, a music video has to be an equal balance of the two. A blending of the senses - good sound and good visuals. Plus the two must compliment and enhance each other. Another thing that irritates me is the good music linked to a spectacular special effect video that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the lyrics. Unless there's a subliminal message buried somewhere this is just messy, annoying and a waste of money. The song has to enhance the visuals and the visuals have to link back to the songs message or what's the point? So, armed with these ideas in my head I set out to pick my favourite ten. Be warned, by music standards some of my choices are ancient. I tried to pick only those that made a big impact on me and since I haven't always had the chance to watch music videos there are large gaps in my video timetable. For many years South African TV tended to use music videos as fillers between TV shows and they often showed old ones over and over. I'm sure there are some wonderful ones not on my list. If you read my list and feel outraged that a truly great video isn't on it - write your own list and let me know! I could do with a few new good ones to enjoy watching. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 - "Return to Innocence" by Enigma - releas
ed in January 1994 My all time favourite. The haunting sound of a man singing a Native American song leads us into glorious countryside with a sweet faced elderly couple who clearly love each other. the beautiful spiralling melody carries us along backwards through their lives and we watch them return back to their children's births, their first days married and working the farmland, their wedding day, their growing love and passion until finally they are children playing in the fields and sleeping under the fruit trees covered in blossoms. It ends with us watching them meet for the first time as little children as a woman's voice gently narrating the final verse: "That's not the beginning of the end, That's the return to yourself - The return to innocence." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 - "Hunting High and Low" by A-Ha - released in 1985 Most people remember the sketchy comic-book style animation when you mention the videos of Norwegian group A-ha. This one also had the same animation, but it was more arty and less cartoon comic. In this strange sweet video the subtle pencil sketch animation has a haunted quality that fits perfectly with the soulful lyrics. In the animation lead singer, Morten is torn from his beloved and transformed into different animals. His love keeps trying to find him to set him free, but every time she reaches him he changes into a new creature and she's left lost alone and searching once again. The graphics where he morphs from a lion in the African savannah to himself and then to a shark as he flees a lion hunter by leaping over a cliff into the sea always gave me goosebumps. Morten sings wistfully: I'll always be hunting high and low Hungry for you Watching me tearing myself to pieces Hunting high and low High There's no end to the lengths I'll go to Oh, for you I'
ll be hunting high and low ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 - "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel - released in 1986 Ah, surely this one needs no explanations? Has anyone NOT seen this video? Peter Gabriel's quirky singing style and this songs equally quirky lyrics blend perfectly with the wildly psychedelic animations in this music video. Who could ever forget the row of dancing dead chickens? Personally I liked the bits where his face became flowers and part of the roller coaster ride the best. Also the ending where the stars start outside the room seen through the window and then become the room and finally become Peter Gabriel himself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 - "Agolo" by Angelique Kidjo - released in 1993 Benin born Kidjo is one of my favourite musicians and this was the first song by her I ever heard. The video was nominated for a "Best Music Video" Grammy Award. No surprise, it's visually stunning. Literally. The colours and clarity are super-real and whack you out your seat. In South Africa "Egoli" means "place of gold" I'd hazard a guess and say Agolo is also related to gold and it's the theme through the entire video. Angelique Kidjo sings this upbeat rhythmic song whilst surrounded by dancers and singers in fantastic gold coloured African-style costumes and mask of gold. Set in an African village hut they dance and spin around her as she is transformed into a golden African goddess. Brilliant music. wonderful powerful singing and dazzling visuals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 "Cry" by Godley & Creme - released in 1985 Another classic, but worthy of every award it's won over the decades. So simple and yet so impressive, just like the lyrics. A real honest case of "less is more". Apparently they originally wanted to film ice skaters Torvill and Dean for the video. Horro
rs! I liked Torvill and Dean, but they would have ruined this song. The lyrics are raw and pared to the bone. Hardly the stuff for figure skaters! Instead the starkly simple black and white collage of ordinary people's faces melting into each other as they mouth the lyrics is perfect. Ordinary people and ordinary emotions transformed into something extraordinary. You don't know how to ease my pain You don't know You don't know how to ease my pain You don't know how to play the game You cheat You lie You make me wanna cry You make me wanna cry Cry... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 - "Kiss the Girl" by Sebastian the crab "The Little Mermaid" was the last Disney film done using traditional hand-drawn and hand-painted methods of animation. It is considered to be a classic and it's one of my favourite Disney movies. It's a great song, even if it is sung by a small red crab, and the Disney animations to the video are both charming and magical. A song that sets your toes tapping and a video that's amusing and romantic. Who could ask for more? The little mermaid in the boat with her Prince on a lovely summer evening whilst the entire animal kingdom tries desperately so set a romantic mood so irresistible that the Prince will finally lose his inhibitions and - "kiss the girl"! reflections in the water set them in a sea of stars as Sebastian croons: There you see her Sitting there across the way She don?t got a lot to say But there?s something about her And you don?t know why But you?re dying to try You wanna kiss the girl But it's the rousing chorus I love. Where flamingos, frogs and fish leap and dance as they sing: Sha-la-la-la-la-la Don?t be scared You got the mood prepared Go on and kiss the girl kiss the girl ~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 - "Orinoco Flow" by Enya - released in 1988 I remember seeing this on TV for the first time and being literally swept away by the music and the glorious visuals. The wonderful tropical colours and swirling animation as water coloured birds and flowers mixed and melted into waves and sailing ships. Enya's face in profile singing so that it seems as if her words are literally turning into humming birds, exotic beaches and lush vegetation. And the names of the places she sings about are just as magical and exotic. From the North to the South, Ebudae onto Khartoum, From the deep sea of Clouds to the Island of the Moon, Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never been, Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never seen. We can sail, we can sail... let the Orinoco flow, We can sail, we can sail... Sail away, sail away, sail away! Every time I see this video I feel this incredible longing to pack a bag and go travelling! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 - "Wouldn't it be good" by Nik Kershaw - released 1984 How strange life is. I haven't heard this song in years and today they were playing it on the radio. Nik Kershaw always reminded me of cyber-elf. He has this singing style that almost makes his voice sound electronic. In this video he was depicted as being some sort of alien empath trapped on earth and tormented by the darker sides of human life. In a very clever special effect the "real" lives of the people he passed were shown on his clothes so as he walks up a flat stairwell and passes closed doors you see women crying, drunken arguments and everyday miseries played out on his actual body. All the more ironic when you listen to the lyrics: wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes even if it was for just one day and wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away wouldn't
it be good to be on your side the grass is always greener over there wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~9 - "Still haven't found what I'm looking for" by U2 - released in 1990 U2 at their best in my opinion. U2 wander around Vegas at night searching for that unknown. What place on earth could better depict humanity losing the meaning of life more than Vegas? Once again the simple and subtle have the best impact. Words that echo in your soul and visuals that remind you how plastic, empty and utterly pointless a lot of human pleasures really are. have climbed highest mountain I have run through the fields Only to be with you Only to be with you I have spoke with the tongue of angels I have held the hand of a devil It was warm in the night I was cold as a stone But I still haven't found what I'm looking for But I still haven't found what I'm looking for ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 - "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper - released in 1984 A lovely bittersweet ballad. I thought this was fantastic the first time I saw it. The meaning of the story is in the lyrics and the meaning of the lyrics is in the story. Each holds the puzzle pieces missing in the other. The video is a mini story. In cameo scenes we see Cyndi's boyfriend constantly upset and putting her down for the way she dresses, how she wears her hair, everything she is. She slowly grows to realise that she has two choices: conform and be the girl her conservative boyfriend wants her to be and lose her soul and identity in the process - or be true to herself and lose him. Either way is painful and she sings the lyrics crying as we watch the story unfold. Sometimes you picture me - I'm walking to far ahead you're calling to me, I can't hear what you've said - Then you say - go slow - I fall behind - the second hand unwinds If you're lost you can look - and you will find me time after time If you fall I will catch you - I'll be waiting time after time
When I used to have Sky, ( I don't anymore. It's too good for the likes of me. OK, I'm lying it was too expensive) I used to just go through a channel hopping extravaganza, and it was normally based along the lines of the music channels. It was great, because I could finally watch music videos witout them stopping and starting with a little caption underneath that said "buffering". Bloody buffering. They always do that when your trying to get one off the internet don't they? God - It's annoying. You know what else is annoying? Hardly any music videos these days are just really glamerous with some person dancing around in next to nothing with some guy feeling them up. I thought it was porn! And ya know the worse culprit for bad music videos? Atomic Kitten. Just go around in a three dancing around in skimpy outfits. God, I hate Atomic Kitten. You know who else I hate? The Fast Food Rockers! I beg your advice, do not have any sharp objects around you when those gits are on your screen... But luckily there are a few videos out there that are more intelligent and actually good!!! So, this is to list the top 10 videos have I? Ok then... By the way, contrary to what the title says, there are some in here that are not a bunch of Indie rubbish. But the majority of them are. ;) Mmm... 1. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony When I first saw the video I was like " What the hell is going on here? " At the time it was just some bloke (Or Richard Ashcroft as he also likes to be known as) walking down a road bumping into people. So, for a while, I just had this confused expression on my face. What the hell is that all about? But the interesting thing is is that I wouldn't let it lie. I read the lyrics, listened to the song, and taped the video off Q ( Music channel ) and just watched it over and over until it makes sense. Which didn't wor
k. Some elements about it I don't get, but I get the gist of it now, after reading the lyrics. I mean, seeing the video again, I can see it's about someone who's very low, emotionally, with his life, and he's just walking down a road, and he doesn't care what happens to him. He'll bump into people, despite who they are. The obstacles in his life will just be knocked out of his way, he can't sort them out, and moreover, he doesn't want to. There's a line in the song that has a hell of a lot of a connection with the video... " I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down " You know those times you have, where you just have to say AAaaaaaah? Well, this was one of those times. :) The road he was on about in the song, is the road that he's walking down in the video right now!!! Aaaah! God - this is one of those "blonde" moments that brunettes have isn't it? So basically, Richard Ashcroft down in dumps, walks down a road, same one he always walks down, never anything new in his life, its all a big circle really, and so he knocks people out the way, the people represent the obstacles, the road represents life. Got that? Good! Next! 2. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs I promised myself I wasn't going to have any videos in it where there was a band just standing on a stage singing, but after seeing this one on Yahoo a LOT, ( and it was because I wanted to see it over and over, not because the video was stuck on repeat and I didn't know how to stop it...which has happened before...it was quite stressful! ) Basically, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, are on a stage in front of a quite small group of people in this very dark indoor concert. Karen O is on the lead ( Well, that's a surprise considering she's the lead singer ) And the video starts with a high fast strumming on a guitar, by the guitarist fellow (forgot his name, sorry mate) and then a slow beat of dr
ums accompanies. All the while we continue to see small flashes of Karen O's face. Well, I say we see it, most of its covered up by her black fringe. And then, the guitar changes pace just in time for Karen O to glance at the guitar nervously and then start singing. But her voice seems nervy, scared, and almost weak on that first line. Probably because this is a very personal song for her. And normal tradition would see Karen O stronger, than this, yelping, but singing it quite softly. The expressions on her face are quite nervy, scared expressions, trying to keep it together for the sake of the song. There aren't many lyrics to the song, but nevertheless it still has the same effect. I think its about some relationship of Karen O's that wen't hideously wrong for her, and the mention of "Maps" that she sings softly every now and then maybe something to do with feeling lost and can't find him? I don't know, but the person that makes this video so efective is Karen O most definitely. At one point during an instrumental, all Karen O can do is wave her microphone around carefully, and slowly with her phone, and you can see her eyes through her fringe. She looks near tears. She may be in tears, I couldn't say, the quality of the video wasn't good enough for me to see. I don't know why this song has such an effect on her, but whatever it is, she gets it across over this video. That was a bit gloomy wasn't it? This place really needs a squaredance. That'll brighten up the atmosphere! :) 3. I Believe in a thing called Love - The Darkness Well, another recent one, I'll give you that. But I just had to have this one in my list. It's so light hearted! And fun! All of the Darkness's videos seem to be based on some sort of spaceship ( Apart from the Christmas one, I think ) And its just about a er...rock band on a spaceship! Doesn't sound like much, but its funny stuff, especially th
e guitar solo nearing towards the end where the band has to fight a giant space monster is hilarious! The Darkness are so camp, but not in a gay way, if you get what I mean. They are unbelievably whacky, but they get away with it without looking stupid, and come out of it looking like comedy geniuses! At the end of the video, they take off in their spaceship to somewhere else to do a bit of high pitched squealing. 4. Take On Me - Aha Now, I really didn't want to like this. I'm a teenager. Teenage rebellion and all that. Not meant to like what your parents like, and at times, ok, I'll give it to them, they are right, but its normally my dad who's right, and not my mother. We don't have the same tastes in...er...much...really. And I am pretty glad, because most of the stuff she likes are rubbish, in my opinion. So, I was absaloutely distraught when I saw this video, and my mum came in the room and said " Oooh! I like this video! " Nooo! I like the same things as my mother! Oh god! Noooo! Was my first reaction. So, I just pretended to hate it, in typical teenager fashion, I was in denial. But I really did like it! Its such a clever idea, to have a girl falling in love with someone from a comic strip, and then when she has to come out, and its thrown in the bin and stuff, I just really think its a good idea! 5. The Scientist - Coldplay "Why is Chris Martin walking backwards?" was my first reaction to this video. Because basically, it starts with Chris Martin on some sort of blue mat in the middle of the street, and then he gets up and starts walking backwards. There are shots of basketballs coming out of the hoops, and it is obvious the video is in reverse. It bemuses us all, what the hell is going on here? But I'm not too fussed, because of that sad sad song playing in the background. Then all of a sudden, it becomes so clear. A wrecked car is found at the edge of a fence. Ch
ris Martin has just come through a forest, and then, it becomes crystal clear. The glass smashed on the floor starts to fly back into the car window, and a girl who seems to have fallen through the first time round is catapulted back into the drivers seat. Safely back in the car, Chris reverses the car back into the road, and then drives round the corner, this time, turning around, and not smashing through the gate this time. And the whole thing makes sense! Chris has somehow travelled back in time to save his girlfriend from dying! Now theres something you don't see everyday! :) 6. Coffee and Tv - Blur Oh, I loooove this one! When I first saw it, I had no idea who it was. When I found out it was Blur, I though " Who else? " It was so unusual! This video tells the story of a the cutest milk carton I have ever seen ( I never thought I would say that..) and his quest to find the missing boy on the side of him. On the way, he encounters obstacles, and adventures, including a pink lady milk carton, who tragically dies. Soon, our little milk carton finds his owner, and his so happy! The pair head home. And on the way home our little milk carton meets his end, as the boy just decides to drink him, and toss him on to the street. Oooor! I haven't been so touched since I saw the Carphone Warehouse adverts! Sniff! That poor little phone? Why did noone want him? Sniff! Can I have a tissue please? 7. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O Conner Sniff! Waaah! That poor milk carton!!! I wold never drink it! I would just give it a big hug! I need to watch the next video in my list to cheer me up! OH MY GOD! THATS EVEN WORSE! WAAAAHHH!!!! Sniff! Oh god, where the hell are my tissues? The sheer simplicity of the video astounds me. It is usually the more simpler videos that are the most effective, I find. And come on, this video isn't exaclty complicated is it? Sinead O Conner, close up, Sinead O Conner walking. Again and ag
ain. But hey, it works! Not only is it heart rendingly emotional as hell, it's also quite true. Love being the powerful old devil it is, can effect anyone in the same way, and here we have Sinead crying out that nothing compares to you, and I'm sure a lot of people can relate to this? I can't because I'm a heartless old codger with no human emotions...now where's that tissue? And by the way - That was a real tear you saw. 8. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush Hee hee, I only chose this, because I think its funny seeing Kate wave her arms around in a meadow...hee hee hee! And also because I'm running out of ideas right now. And because I needed a bit of a laugh after the depressing pain of the previous few. 9. Up The Bracket - The Libertines First of all, I love the song. Really upbeat. Video. Very interesting! The video is split up into four sections at the start. Yes, they are of each member of the Libertines. What a shock for you. I bet you were expecting the Tweenies. Don't be so silly! The Tweenies have 5 members! Actually, it starts off with some girls, and then the Libertines walk up.Now, it's your choice what view you wish to pick. I didn't know, just took it all in really. Each of them were doing different things one was just walking, obviously he is the shy guitarist who doesn't really like acting much, and then we have one with some flowers, one with a pint of milk, and one with a corn on the cob? They are continually moving forward, so it's like they're coming right at you! They could walk out of the TV! AAARRGGHH! Ok, maybe not. Sorry, I have watched the Ring too many times... Now, like the band, the whole scene is confusing. Pete Doherty seems to break the barrier of the four seperate views, and then they are altogether walking up the street. I think they are trying to race eachother to see who can reach the girls house first. Because throughout thei
r walkinmg the girls are seen from different angles, and it looks like each one is just as desperate as the other to get to the girls house first. They seem to run into this house where all these girls are, ( Yes the girls at the start ) and have fun dancing, playing music, and stuff. It ends with the views of 4 again. Wierd, but I explained it as much as I could. :) 10. Everybody Hurts - REM Just we't with instinct. Couldn't think at all of a last one. But for now, this will have to do. It is very clever, using mostly shots from films it has to be said, (lazy buggers) but the classic song makes up for it. Hi. Thanks for reading. Hope you had fun! :)
Kerrang! Magazine.(August 17 issue) This is my op on the Kerrang! Magzine.My fav parts of the Kerrang! magazine are the Pandora comic strip and the letters that people send in. There is also a great range of gig's in the magazine. There is a gig of the week/video of the week/single of the week/rock lookalikes and the Kerrang! top 20 videos.You can buy mobile phone logos/ringtones and pictures.I'll tell you the top 10 videos in the August 17 2002 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. Points Of Authority(Linkin Park)(10) It's Just Porn Mum(Trucks)(9) Rockstar (N*E*R*D)(8) Keep Fishin'(Weezer)(7) Now(Def Leppard)(6) My Plague(Slipknot)(5) By The Way(Red Hot Chilli Peppers)(4) Here To Stay(KoRn)(3) Girl All The Bad Guys Want(Bowling For Soup)(2) Tribute(Tenacious D)(1) But......There isn't just the mag there's the sky channel Kerrang! TV and Kerrang! Radio. There is News(Tour, Gig and general music news),Compitition(SWAG!),the K!mag also tells you about all the latest new bands such as Corey Taylor's(Slipknot) band Stone Sour and Joey Jordison's(also Slipknot) band the Murderdolls.In every issue of K!Magazine there are 2 Virgin money off vouchers and in this issue they are Wiretrap Scars(Sparta) and Since We've Become Translucent(Mudhoney). This issue's Rock Lookalikes are Sam Dingle(Emmerdale) and Chester Bennigton(Linkin Park).I think they do look a tiny bit like each other. Oh....and in Corey Taylor's Stone Sour band there are 2 Slipknot members,Corey Taylor and Jim Root.But only 1 in The Murderdolls. At the back of the magazine there is Pub Talk and this issue it was with Justin Schlosberg(Hell Is For Heroes). What Do I Think Of The K! Magazine You Ask? I think it's the best mag i've ever read! It is a really good mag for all the best music news. Tell me if YOU! like it! On the front
of this issue it is The Offspring! Comments are welcome! Bri
I was inspired to write this list by fellow dooyoo member GrinchGirl. I have tonnes of ideas for reviews but this will be my last for at least a week, I have volunteered to do some twelve hour shifts at my work place (I need those pennies of university). Call it insane but I do need to save money, by hook or by crook. So I decided that a top ten music video list would be a good thing to write about. I have a major problem with music videos and MTV in particular. I like them but the music video "style" as been incorporated into the film industry and now films are about fast editing, loud music, special effects and pop stars. Don't get me wrong because some music video directors have made superb films-David Fincher and Spike Jonze spring to mind but it seems nowadays the art of subtle filmmaking as been thrown out the window. Okay that’s my rant over with. So sit back and enjoy my music video top ten. It's quite good you know. 1. "Buddy Holly" by Weezer Weezer came into the world in 1994, their debut single and video as gone down in music video history as one of the best music videos ever. Spike Jonze directed this homage to "Happy Days" and it fit the band's persona very well. The band is introduced as "Kenosha Wisconsin's Weezer" (the band is in fact from L.A) by Al from "Al's Diner" which appeared in "Happy Days". The band sing their super catchy anthem whilst Spike Jonze mixes in footage of Ron Howard, the Fonz and the rest of the cast of "Happy Days" which corresponds to the bands movements. It's very funny. Rivers (singer and guitarist) smiles at Ritchie's girlfriend in the crowd, he sees this and storms off, the lead guitarist Brian Bell tells a girl that he loves her (in a cheesy 1950's style) and she goes ecstatic in that 1950's teenager style. The Fonz starts to dance and eve
rybody claps. It's a very funny and clever music video. 2. "Schism" by Tool This video is super-freaky. It features clay puppets that mope around and have things growing out of them and it is a very unpleasant video. This is the type of music video that a person like me finds horribly fascinating. The puppets remind me of the creatures from the "Hellraiser" films. Maynard Keenan's voice is very haunting and the music verges from very quiet to the very loud. I haven't got a clue what he's on about but the video is absolutely fantastic. They show it on MTV2 at night. It's very creepy and very cool. 3. "Over" by Portishead This came from the Bristol mobs last album, which was simply entitled "Portishead". This is a very quiet and haunting number that for some reason reminds me of "Twin Peaks". The video features Beth Gibbons suspended in the air and it looks like she is underwater. She moves very slowly and her hair moves from side to side as if she is in a swimming pool or something. I love music videos where the song and image are in perfect harmony, and not like these over-budgeted Britney videos that are all glossy and full of women shaking their arses all over the show. That’s not a bad thing but too much of it makes it become derivative. 4. "No Surprise's" by Radiohead I love this music video because it is so scary. Thom Yorke sings the well-known song "No alarms and no surprise's please". Thom's face is inside a diving mask that fills up with water as the song progresses. It's a very disturbing video to watch. The simplicity is very striking and it's one of the best videos that the group has made. I also like "I Might Be Wrong" but that lost out because the "No Surprise's" video is so simple and doesn't featur
e any special effects and only uses one long camera take, watching the mask fill with water is superb. He doesn't drown by the way. 5. "Sabotage" by The Beastie Boys Spike Jonze hits the nail on the head once again. This is the funniest music video of all-time. The band members are dressed up as 1970's cops and the music video plays like a trailer for a film. It features some brilliant spoof moments like when the three cops are eating donuts and all are wearing huge moustaches and shades. The song itself is a heavy punk hardcore number with a groovy bass-line. I think this was voted the second best music video ever on VH-1. It is a very funny and endlessly watchable music video. "I can't stand it somebody planned, opposites attract is what it ain't". Rock and Roll! 6. "Let Forever Be" by The Chemical Brothers A Frenchman named Michel Gondry came up with this truly unique music video. The concept for the music video is "What if your dreams were normal but your everyday waking life was bizarre". The video uses a weird technique that splits the camera into four sections and then puts a reflective plate over the actual lens. This creates a prism effect and gives off a multiple depth to the camera. I think that’s how they did it anyway. The song uses Noel Gallagher on vocal duties (Setting Sun was also a top song) and this was the second collaboration between Noel and the Chemical lads. The video features several breathtaking "how did they do that" moments. It's possibly the greatest music video ever. Everybody as seen it so I don't need to tell you about it. 7. "Venus in Furs" by The Velvet Underground This is actually live footage taken from the reunion tour back in 1993. I included it because the live footage of this song is shown on VH-1 every now and again and th
at does constitute a music video. The band were twenty-five years older than in their hey day of the drug fuelled 1960's. Andy Warhol and Nico were both dead and the band in it’s original line up toured the world. The footage is really atmospheric as John Cale does the famous scraping noises on his viola and Lou Reed sings "Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather". It's a brilliant song and the concert footage is better than a thousand over-blown music videos. Yay! 8. "The Universal" by Blur This video is a homage to Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange". The band sit in the Moloko bar and act moody like Alex and his Droogs do in the film. The song isn't great but the music video is funny and clever. 9. "Love is Strong" The Rolling Stones David Fincher directed this fantastic video. Old Rubber Lips and the heroin fiends trample about New York singing about twenty-year old models that they want to have clandestine acquaintances with. The video was simply done and filmed in black and white. My favourite scene is when Charlie Watts is playing drums over a hotel or when Keith "Living Dead" Richards strides down a street playing a guitar solo. This was a great track from their "Voodoo Lounge" album and a great comeback video. 10. "Like A Rolling Stone" The Rolling Stones This video was again directed by David Fincher and features the truly gorgeous Patricia Arquette playing a down and out loser. Everybody knows that this is a Bob Dylan song but the Stones cover version is a classic in its own right. The video features a weird visual that delay's movement but the camera moves quickly. That sounds really strange but it's how it looks. The screen bends too and Patricia Arquette still manages to look beautiful even if she's playing a down and out. Great stuff.
Hope you enjoyed the list.
I've been glued to Kerrang and MTV2 since I got Sky Digital so I have plenty of favourite videos. Here are the ones I think are most entertaining,funny and weird.They aren't in order of preference! 10:Korn-Here To Stay Nu-metal kings Korns' first release from their "Untouchables" album is "Here To Stay".Korn always have very imaginative videos(their Freak On A Leash video is amazing!) but I really like this one because the video goes with the sound so well. Newspapers said the uncensored video was shocking,but I think its great!The video features lots of strange and disturbing clips from a porno chick cavorting while "I Love Jesus" flashes on screen in front of her,to police chases and heart surgery.This is interspersed with clips of the band performing with a weird fuzzy tv screen background. What I love about the video is the twist at the end... A young boy is watching everything you have seen and at the end goes up to the TV.Korn's singer Jon Davis touches the screen,the boy touches Davis' hand and gets sucked in.. 9:Marilyn Manson-Tainted Love Oh how Mr Manson has massacred this song!Destroyed it,made all the little sp00kies love him even more,but the video is so funny! Manson's version of Tainted Love is from the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack,and the video is based on it. Its not the most imaginative Manson video but its really quite entertaining. Marilyn Manson(the band) invade a high school party with bunch of assorted goffy punky people.They stage a takeover of the music,and the dance floor.Meanwhile the school geek girl goths herself up and plays in a spa with Manson.Later in the video Manson goes into the hosts bedroom,and sits on the bed.Strange bunny teddies turn into scantily clad ladies who prance around him-apparently this was inspired by something that happened to him! Strange man but mad video with plently to look and laugh at! 8:Sis
ters of Mercy-This Corrosion At last,a true "goth" video(even though the Sisters weren't really goths!).The video is old and you can tell it but has a cool industrial almost futuristic feel to it.Lots of goth type people dance about in the rain to the Sisters and generally look to be having a great time!I like this video because it always make me want to go to a club and listen to some good old style goth sounds!If you're not goth you can at least have a laugh at the 80s fashion,so theres something for all. 7: Slipknot-Spit It Out The nine crazy masked Iowans based their Spit It Out video on the classic horror "The Shining".The video is great because the band have recreated well known scenes from the movie such as the breaking door scene.It makes me laugh because at the beginning the smallest member of the band,Joey Jordison(who is a great guy-I've met him!) rides around on a tricycle. The video also has scene of the band playing live to a crazy audience. I reckon evryone should look out for this because its so like the Shining! 6:Ill Nino-What Comes Around Ill Nino are quite new on the metal scene and "What Comes around" was their second video release.The band chill out in the desert and perform round a campfire at night time.The video has a great summery vibe,tha band look like they are having a great time and it makes the video fun to watch.If you haven't therd Ill Nino I urge you to check them out now because they are sooo cool!(and nice guys!) 5:American HeadCharge-Just So You Know American HeadCharge are a band I've had the pleasure of seeing twice live.Their video for Just So You Know has all the energy of their live performances. The video shows a beautiful but dead looking woman lying on a table.She is linked with weird wires to TV screens on a wall. The screens show images such as The Clown from Slipknot and flowers opening.Then the band start to play and she s
tarts to move about.I like the video because at first when the band are playing they are quite quiet and dressed in suits...then they change scenes and are dressed in wild clothes and are playing really heavily!The best thing about the video is that the band are so enthuastiastic and look really cool! 4:Limp Bizkit-Nookie You'll probably make fun of me for liking this but the Nookie video is really hilarious. Fred Durst is wandering around the city wearing his usual red cap.Lots of fit looking women start to follow him and he reaches a stage where his band are waiting to perform.The crowd go wild and Bizkit do their thing with Fred Durst styled women dancing behind them. Whys it so funny?Because at the end Durst gets taken away by the police.Haha,probably for hypnotising all those poor women to think he's cool. 3:Deftones-My Own Summer(Shove It) The Deftones are a very skatey rock band and in the My Own Summer video they are playing a gig while standing on little floating platforms in the sea.Under the water theres a big great white shark swimming about which is fairly scary..are the Deftones about to get munched up?The answer it seems is yes-because at the end they jump into the sea,never to be seen again!I love this one just because it gets you thinking,and has an odd concept to it:-) 2:Nirvana-Sliver Nirvana were the first alternative band I listened to so they defiently deserve to be in the top 10 videos.Sliver isn't on TV much but its a really funny video with a totally punk old skool feeling to it.The band muck about in very teenage looking bedrooms,Kurt wearing his trademark stripy jumper.The also make a poor baby dance about(it could be Kurt's kid but I'm not convinced) and generally act insane.I like this video because not many people know it and you get the impression thats how Kurt would have acted in real life. 1:Static X-Black And White The Static X video for Black and White is
a futuristic scene.The band are playing and all seems normal ,apart from perhaps Wayne Statics(singer) huge high hair!Suddenly you start to see through the band members skin and underneath you see they are robots,I always wondered whether this meant they were imposters.The video has lots of clips of Tripp the bass player doing cool tricks with his guitar so its really cool to watch.This video is worth watching just to marvel at the groovy hair styles! These are just a few of my favourite videos,I hope you enjoy reading them and maybe you'll check them out! Please feel free to comment,Bec
Since having cable TV installed about a year ago, not that I am gloating about it, I have watched lots of videos on MTV and VH1 etc. Despite the fact that recent videos use some really high tech gismos and effects, the early videos do still have a certain charm to them, as you will see in my top ten! 10. Dire Straights - "Money For Nothing" ========================================= I loved this mid-eighties song and espceially the video which was one of the first with computer generated graphics. Some people unkindly said I look like the slimmer of the two removal men but I disagree! It was only recently I found out that Sting provided the vocals on the "I want my MTV" bit, how ignorant I am! 9. Princess Superstar - "Bad Babysitter" ========================================= This is just so funny, it's on the TV a lot at the moment, I don't take it very seriously but it is funny! I treat it as though it is very tongue in cheek, I hope it is or it is a bad joke, if it is meant to be a serious record. Any song which has the word "cucumber" bleeped out has to be good really, my favourite clean quote being "in high heel shoes, you look like JarJar Binks!". She is quite a vibrant young filly with a very odd choice of boyfriends, comments would be appreciated about this song especially. I was going to put in Ali-G's latest video as it is also funny, but only in a couple of places so on to - 8. Superman Lovers - "Starlight" ================================= Computer generated, humour and it tells a story too. All the ingredients I like in my videos, a bit sad at the end too, boo hoo! The effects used and the predominant brown reminds me of DB Boulevards "Point of View" which is also another great video on the telly a lot at the moment, but I'll leave that one out of my top
ten. 7. Michael Jackson - "Thriller" ================================ Well it had to be somewhere in there didn't it really. Kind of like "Night of the Living Dead" meets come dancing, I do like Michael's dancing moves and try to emulate them when he is on TV, very amusing for my wife I can tell you. It's been played to death a bit really which is a pity. But when you spend so much money making it you want to get it shown around a bit, Mr Bobbet has the same outlook on life. 6. Destiny's Child - Bootilicious ================================== Sorry to say no real deep and meaningful reason for picking this other than it is quite aestethically pleasing, male readers will no doubt concur. I do think it's fairly amusing too, those dancers imitating Michael Jackson for one thing. 5. Robbie Williams - "I Will Survive" ====================================== OK so it isn't called I will survive but you know the song I mean! As a big Formula One fan I love this video as it has real footage from the early 1970's races, Monaco in particular. Jackie Stuart makes a cameo appearance and the Robster put's good and humourous twist at the end of the video. Not what I had in mind for a video after hearing the song for the first time, great work Bob! 4. Kylie Minogue - "Confide In Me" =================================== This is the nearest you get to seeing Miss Minogue in a nurses uniform, need I go any further? OK so there are also some very original ideas in the vid, the way the screens move around is quite hypnotic and it creates a lot of different emotions with all the outfits Ms Minogue is wearing, I won't go any further with this one just now. 3. A-Ha - "Take On Me" ======================= A really great song, one of my favourites of all t
ime with an excellent video, unique and groundbreaking in it's day. It combines video with animation, making the action seem to take place within the pages of a comic book, the girl in the vid is in fact Morten Harkett's wife. 2. Beastie Boys - "Sabotage" =========================== A bit of fun this one, the boys get togged up as police in New York and go around kicking some bottoms. It's like a mini film, Starsky and Hutch would of been proud of. Car chases, fights and other stunts are used to give the impression of a seventies cop show, the beasties each giving themselves a silly name in the introductions. 1. Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight Tonight" ========================================= This is a super song and the video is another animated one but with real actors used for the main characters. It follows the same kind of plot and effects from the victorian age of science fiction writers. The hero and heroine go to space in an airship, land on a strange planet, get caught by aliens and then escape. Only to land in the sea and have a cabaret put on by Neptune himself, they then get rescued by a passing liner. I like that, all in around four minutes too, well done. It is in fact inspired by a famous writer/film-maker whose name escapes me at the moment, please comment if you know who I mean!
Well as i have written quite a few opinions on top tens i thought that i would give this a bash. Well before i start my list will have quite a number of hip hop videos and they are all quite new but there will be some other in there as well. The list won't be in any order so here it is. 1.All star Tribute-Whats going on Well if any of you have seen either of the two versions of it you will be quite astonished. It started off as a Marvin Gaye classic but for this version they have got in a lot of top names in the music business. These names include P.Diddy, Bono, Destiny's Child,Ja Rule and N-Sync to name a few and it is just amazing to see all of these artists on one video because it shows how the whole business unites when tragedies happen. The video shows all the artists meeting each other and helping each other to try and make the song. So it just shows what things happen when tragedies occur. 2.DMX-Who we Be Well this video might not be seen by many but the video trys to show what America is like in the eyes of this rapper. It trys to show what is wrong woth the police and what is happening to some of the less fortunate in the country. It shows him in jail and it shows lots of different images of what the police are doing in terms of arresting(small crimes) and then it shows what they are missing in terms of the bigger picture(Murders, Bombs) 3.Ja Rule-Between Me and You This video is typical of what he does and what other rappers do as well. Again it shows you what he does on a regular basis which is getting with women. The video looks relitively cheap with the only expenses being on the flashy house and cars. This video also includes the new pop princess Christina Milian who also has quite a lot of feature in the video which is not that bad. The whole video is based on a big party with lots of women and him. Th reason i like this video because it has a nice look to it and also there are women in it as well. <
br>4.Snoop Dogg-Whats my name part 2 Again this video is bases loosley around the same type of thing as the Ja Rule vido but this is more what he does in a night rather than what he does at a party. It shows him going to clubs meeting women and going back to his pad which is actually a massive shoe which is quite amusing. Also there are alto egos of him who speak in some sort of gangsta talk but the video is good because it gives you an insight to him. 5.Travis-Sing When you strat to watch this video it does not really look like anything spactacular with them riding on bikes. Then you see them having a meal and thats when it kicks in. A MASSIVE FOOD FIGHT. There is everyone in a big food fight throwing pies and cream products to a Octopus which sounds great now but watch the video. What makes it a good video is that it is so unreal and you just wouldn't expect it to happen. 6.All Star Cast-Lady Marmalade Well i think that many men in the country who have seen this video would of loved it. If you have not seen it where have you been because it has been number 1 and played so many times, but if you have not seen it, it contains Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil Kim all in there underwear. All they do id danc around and jiggle a little bit(which is the good thing). The one thing i am glad of in this video is that Missy E did not get in her underwear because that would have been awful. There are lots of flashing lights and expensive things in the video to catch your eye. 7.O Town-Liquid Dreams I Know, I know, before you start it is'nt what you think the actual song is about there dream women put together with parts of other women. The thing that i like about the video is the clear water effect going on which you don't see much in videos but it looks really good. The thing with that though is that it is really expensive but who cares. They just stand there doing a dance but to be honest i don't look at them.
The special effects are really good with the fake waterfalls in the bake ground. 8.Avalanches-Frontier Psychiatrist Again this take you back to the Travis video. No it's not a food fight but it is just an unreal situation. In the video there have things such as A women hitting a horses backside with a fancy stick, a skeleton with a goldon eyeball,a ventriliquist using a coconut, a cowboy with a kazoo a monkey and a parrot(which looks nothing like a parrot), but it does sound really weird. They have just taken clips of all hese different things and more and put them together to make a wonderfull bizarre video. 9.Busta Rhymes-Gimme Some Mo' This video i have to admit i did not see till last week but when i saw it i loved it. It is a video which is on a cartoon like background and Busta Rhymes is playing many different things from a little monster with bug eyes to a big rich man. I don't know what the video is supposed to show but it is still damn good because it is weird and has so many different weird things in it. 10.Missy E-Get ur freak on This might as well be calle an all star cast because Missy has got some of the biggest names in the hip hop industry in this video. It is set in a big flat area which uis covered in leaves and has big hangin chanderliers hanging from wooden planks in the air. She just seems to dance around and hang around on the chanderliers. The all star cast that appears in this video are Eve, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Timbaland, Nate Dogg and Busta Rhymes. Another good bit is that she spits and it seems to hover over into the mouth of a random man which is good use of soecial effects and also another funny bit is there is priet type felow who does some sort of foreign talking which is amusing So there you go there is my top ten music video i hope you enjoyed reading the great selection i have chosen and good bye
Being one of those people who have nervous spasms at the smallest mention of MTV, the world of the music video has been one that has mainly passed me by. That’s not to say that I find the majority of music videos simply a chance for uninspiring artists to flog their substandard musical wares via a medium that is so heavily laden with image over substance. In fact there is no way such an idea could ever enter my mind as I watch another group of beautiful young stage school graduates miming to a backing track whilst participating in a dance routine that verges on the ridiculously inane. The same thought has also never entered my mind when I see performance videos by poodle permed mulleted, spandex wearing rockers from the 80's or their modern equivalent the wallet chain, baggy trouser wearing, "hey isn’t are video ironic" nu-metaller/punk bands performing a high energy bounceathon whilst really saying or doing nothing exciting or original with the video format. No I’ve also seen the music video as a radical adventure in playing with imagery, symbolism and producing something that makes for a generally interesting viewing experience. Then again looking at the list of videos I’ve created maybe I suggest that you forget that statement. Instead I offer you my Top Ten of Videos that I’ve quiet enjoyed in a basic form of entertainment kind of way. 10. Atari Teenage Riot – Too Dead For Me (1999) Picture this you’re a band renown for having a confrontational political and musical approach. So how do portray your image via the medium of video? That’s right you film a performance video in the back of a moving articulated lorry whilst inserting clips of masked individuals attacking various symbols of the capitalist system (well a few close circuit cameras). The video works for me for a variety of reasons. Firstly it highlights the energy Atari Teenage Riot (ATR) produce live althou
gh in a confined space. Secondly the concept of ATR bringing about revolution by blasting their music out of a moving vehicle is utterly preposterous and highly amusing. Imagine the discussions behind that one. “Hey I know let’s destroy capitalist society by playing music really loud from a moving lorry” “Yeah great idea, the evil empire will have no chance”. The reality the noise of the lorry’s engine drowns out the majority of the music making ATR sound like as revolutionary as a Terry boy pumping out the latest garage choons from his Peugeot 306 whilst stopped at a set of traffic lights. Finally the video for Too Dead For Me acts as a fitting tribute to the sadly departed Carl Crack (MC and founding member of ATR) who died of drug related problems earlier this year. (Available on the ATR Rage E.P released by Digital Hardcore Recordings) 9. Skinny Puppy – Testure (1988) From one political inspired band that lost a band member due to drugs to another. Although a political band like ATR, Skinny Puppy have always been more artistic and obtuse in their image and music. Testure is probably the most obvious video that Skinny Puppy released. The video and the song deal with the issue of vivisection and the images and lyrics of the video reflect the agonising ordeal that is inflicted on animals in the name of science. The main focus of the video has lead singer Nivek Ogre strapped to a hospital trolley whilst various masked individuals carry out experiments on him and push him around a disused hospital. All conveyed in a very B-movie manner. This is cut up with clips of real vivisection footage, mainly concentrating on a monkey’s whose head is trapped in a vice. The overall effect is a fairly moving and harrowing experience that highlights in an artistic way the horrors of animal experimentation. (Available on the Skinny Puppy Video/DVD Collection released by Nettwerk Records) 8
. Bjork – Joga. (1997) After the hardcore fury of ATR and the horror of Skinny Puppy, it’s time to take a breather and retreat to the quieter realms of Iceland and the magical world of Bjork. The selection of a Bjork video offered me many problems because there have been many a fine videos produced for her songs. Be it the dance routine of It’s so quite, the animations of I miss you, the Robot Lesbianism of All Is Full of Love or the strange nude/piercing display of Pagan poetry. At least Bjork’s videos have always had an engaging visual impact. So why Joga then? For me it is a video that encapsulates the beauty and dynamics of the song. We see Bjork laying peacefully on an Icelandic cliff face as the world around her erupts and tears itself apart. The landscape shifts and morphs beautifully in time with the music and helps to heighten the emotional impact of what in my eyes is a song of unmatched beauty and dignity. (Available on the Bjork DVD/Video Collection Volumen released on One Little Indian Records) 7. Rammstein – Links 2-3-4 (2001) Rammstein maybe the German Spinal Tap with their OTT live shows but the video for Links 2-3-4 removes the band completely from the power of the live arena .If you want to witness that, then I advice you to get their Live in Berlin DVD. Instead the video goes for the high tech digital approach and switches the focus from the band to ants. Yes that’s right, ants. Digitised ants that live in a huge anthill and dance to the marching beats of Rammstein. Only their fun is interrupted by the arrival of a couple bigger and nastier bugs that burst through a cinema screen showing a Rammstein live performance. The Cads then slaughter a large number of the Rammstein loving ants. The remaining ants then form marching columns in the shape of various Rammstein affiliated symbols and slaughter and devour the nasty big bugs. Visually the graphics used are superb whilst the
video direction itself is extremely well executed. You may not like Rammstein's music but your been more than impressed with the quality of the video. (Available on the Rammstein DVD Single Links 2,3,4 released on Motor Records) 6. Nine Inch Nails – Happiness In Slavery (1993) Trent Reznor has always been one of those artists who likes to shock. So when the Happiness In Slavery (HIS) was banned from broadcast in most countries outside America I was in no way surprised. The video (Which I finally show for the first time a few months ago) is extremely graphic in its imagery but also darkly fun at the same time (although I'm not sure if it’s meant to be the latter). Filmed in grainy black and white as if to prove its artiness, the video centres on a man entering a cellar and strapping himself in a chair where various instruments pull at his body or drill holes into him. You see him wince in pain/pleasure as various bits of his body (including his todger)are manipulated before he is finally ground into mincemeat. The HIS video does make for fairly disturbing viewing but is strangely amusing and compelling at the same time. This probably something to do with the acting and the intresting twist at the end of the video. (Available on the Nine Inch Nails Video – Closure released on Nothing Records. US Import only) 5. Front Line Assembly - Mindphaser. (1992) If your going to do a Cyberpunk style video you might as well do it right.Which is particularly diffucult if you haven’t got much money to spend on making a video. The solution, find a obscure sci-fi film and edit it to create your own video. At that’s exactly what the creators of Mindphaser did. The bulk of Mindphaser is basically clips taken from an obscure Japanese film called Gunhead rearranged and edited then had new scenes scenes featuring the band squeezed around them to create a fresh product. This process helps create
a video that looks bigger budget than it actually is. The video also manages to follow a vague story line. Something about FLA landing on an island and fighting big robots all done in a Manga style. Mindphaser proves that you don’t need lots of money to make a good-looking video, just ideas and good source material to steal. (Not currently available) 4. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At? (2001) One of the best dance tracks of 2001 and also one of the best videos of the year as well. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you’re missing out big time. Again we have a video featuring digitally altered animals and mad scientists. This time the animals are monkeys and the scientists are creating a new pop phenomenon. The story runs like this . A hapless record executive turns up at a research lab where his introduced to the new pop phenomenon a band of monkeys playing musical instruments. Except that these are no normal monkeys because they have human faces. Suddenly the monkeys turn against their masters and the record executive and a whole barrel of trouble begins. Where’s Your Head At is a slightly disturbing but highly amusing video. The special effects used although interesting are not the best use of morphing techniques. However it is great to see a more mainstream act take a radical approach to video making. (Available on the Basement Jaxx DVD Single – Where’s Your Head At) 3. Ohgr - Cracker (2001) Probably the most obscure video in my list seeing as it hasn’t ever been shown on terrestrial TV and is from an album that never received a proper UK release. Ohgr is the collaboration between Nivek Ogre (Ex Skinny Puppy) and Mark Walk (Ruby). The video itself was created using stop/time animation and features Ogre as a tin solider walking through a dark land of twisted toys. Our hero meets on his journey, toys representing Trent Reznor as a dark clothed figure rid
ing on the back on a huge pig, which proceeds to dump rubbish on our hero. (Check your Industrial music history to uncover the symbolism of this) and Eminem who he bayonets to a bloody death and then is overwhelmed by a sense of guilt which cause his leg to drop off. Like all good videos it is paced excellently and fits snugly with the music. It s just a pity most people won’t get to see let only hear one of the best tracks of the year. (Was available at www.ohgr.com ) 2. Aphex Twin – Windowlicker (1999) The second of director Chris Cunningham’s videos for the musical genius that is Richard D James both created much praise and controversy. It was nominated for video of the year in 1999 and was deabted upon for said prize. During the debate I can till remember Bimbo Spice (or Emma Bunton as she is known as by close friends and family) saying how much she disliked and (probably) didn’t understand Windowlicker. (What she was doing on a panel to judge the best video of the year bemused me as much as her disgust of the video) Other critics have accused Windowlicker from being crass to overtly racist. They are however missing the point Windowlicker is pure parody and one of the funniest music video ever made. For those of you that haven’t seen it (again I ask why) The video features beautiful women being transformed into Aphex lookalikes. Whilst acting at the same time as a parody of the bling bling nature of a lot of RnB and rap videos. Cunningham’s direction and image manipulation are second to none and can't be faulted. Whilst the dance routines are perfectly synchronised to the epileptic funk of the Aphex Twin’s music. (Available on the CDS of Windowlicker and the Windowlicker Video released by Warp Records) 1. Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy (1998) Before Windowlicker, there came a behemoth of a music video its name was Come To Daddy and it scared the living bejeez
es out of all who saw it. Again directed by Chris Cunningham it proves that the creation and form of music videos can be as inspirational as the music that fuels them. The video itself is set in a sprawling and decaying Council Estate. A discarded TV suddenly sparks to life with a static ridden image of the Aphex Twin reciting “I Want your Soul, Come To Daddy”. We also get an old lady walking around whose is being followed by a group of children, These however are not normal kids as they all have the demonic features of the Aphex Twin. Again Chris Cunningham manages to create a surreal video that uses clever morphing techniques and is genuinely as unsettling as Windowlicker was funny. Come To Daddy is a work of art that anyone interested in the possibilities and quality of music videos should see. (Available on the Come To Viddy Video collection released by Warp Records)
We all have are favourite music videos for some reason or another. Well here are my favourite music videos: 10) Stained, Its been a while: This is a very basic video from stained. At the beginning of the video you see the lead singer trying to write the lyrics to the song, he appears to find this quite difficult as he roles around and smokes several hundred cigarettes. The second half is the band playing(which is the bit that I like) in a candle lit room. This looks really smart. It probably sounds quite boring to you , but I like it! 9)My vitriol, Grounded: This video follows the life of a tramp, It sounds strange but it is really good. It starts off with a tramp walking into a café and finding a cup of coffee . Then as if by magic he finds the keys to the car. Who goes and finds the car and goes for a drive. The main reason I like this video is because I like the style in which it is done. As it is following someone’s life and you don’t see this in a music video much. 8)Broken home, Papa roach This video is another great one from the papa roach lot. It follows the life of a house hold which is falling apart. Its based around the little boy and how he feels. The little boys farther beats his mum and gets very angry when he does not get his own way. It has various little bits where it switches to Cobie (lead singer) in a backward playing with a rope swing and getting really uptight and frustrated. Towards the end of the video. It switches to the entire band. Cobie lets off one big scream, the guitarists start smashing up there guitars and the drummer picks up the drum set and smashes it through a glass table. This is a great video I like it as it follows the life of people and I like that in a video. 7)A little respect, Wheatus I really hate the song but I like the video. It has one of the lads form the band doing things which he done innocently but I looks really dirty or it turns out pathetic. This i
s upsetting his girl friend, who doesn’t understand. For example a guy in a shop drops a porn magazine he picks it up intending on giving it to the bloke who dropped it when his girl friend see’s what he has and gets upset. One of the other things that looks bad is that a girl is about to get hit by a car he dives on top of her and saves her life. But the girl friend only sees him on top of her. So in the end he gets him and his band to play outside of his girl friends house and they make up. This video is really quite funny to watch. 6)Papa roach, Between angels and insects: This video has the guys from papa roach walking around in some kind of lab that is infested with roaches. You see the band playing there instruments whilst they have roaches crawling all over them. There are certain points where the camera goes through the band members body, in the mouth and out the ass. I particularly like the bit where the frontman screams and loads of roaches fall out. This is a interesting video which is totally manky. 5)Linkin park, One step closer This was linkin parks first video that they released. The actual video has the band secretly meeting in some kind of cellar to practise. Then a couple of people discover them playing and watch and realise how amazing the band are, they then go to get there friends. But when they return they are gone! Although the principle of the video is basic I like the way it is set out. 4)Blink182, Man overboard This video has three little short look alikes of the band members running round town in there Y-fronts reeking havoc. There is no real point to this video. It is just FUN FUN FUN. 3)Last resort, Papa roach This has the band playing to a live audience. All the member of the audience look totally out of it(I think there must have been free dope at the door). It has the crowd grabbing out to reach the band. My favourite part of the video is where Cobie lobs him self onto th
e crowd when they are not ready(He bowls them all down).Its a great video considering that its their first. 2)Blink182, The rock show This video is blink 182 with a lot of money to waste. They do some really wacky things, which include: · Giving a lady a suit case full of cash to have her head shaved. · Taking a tramp off the street and paying for him to have really expensive clothes and a decent hairdo. · Throwing money in the street. · Paying people to have their cars trashed. This video is really quite amusing and really should be watched straight away. 1)Smack my b*tch up, prodigy I really don’t like the song but the video is great. It is sheer genius. It follows the night of what you believe (at the beginning) to be a dirty old man. Going round getting drunk, feeling up ladies,Vomiting and tying a girl to a lamp post and beating her. At the end he hooks a bird and they go back to his place and after they are finished in bed. The girl walks out and you see in the mirror that the person that you thought was a man was actually a woman. Genius is the best way to describe my favourite video.
Before i strat telling you all about my top ten music videos, i would just like to say that it was VERY hard to decide which ones i would choose. there was so many to choose from, and in the end, these were the ones that i found to be the best. I know many of you won't agree, and some of these videos, you may not have seen. If that is the case, then reading this may give you the incentive to go out there and download these vidoes for yourself. Hope you enjoy. (by the way, these are ALL punk videos. because punk is the greatest genre of music ever.) ----------------------------------------------- 10 - New Found Glory : Hit Or Miss (new) This video is pretty basic really. The band are staying in a motel, and wake up late for their gig. Then when they get outisde to their van, they have a flat. drummer Cyrus fixes it, while singer Jordan looks in the mirror a whole lot and guitarist chad gets laid!!!! Cyrus gets an abusive phone call from the bands manager, then they finally get going.....but they have left the bands second guitarist Steve!! they stop just in time, and the band get to their gig, and play a blindidng set. ----------------------------------------------- 9 - Fenix*Tx - Threesome This video is once again, pretty basic. The band are playing in someones house, while there is a threesome going on in one of the rooms. then they paly to a load of kids, like at a party....there really isn't anything else to say bout this video...it is probably one of the simlest of all of the ten that i am gonna put down. I guess thats all i need to say. ----------------------------------------------- Blink 182 - Dammit I'm sure all of you Blink fans out there MUST have seen this video. It is based around a movie "Sneak Preview" (the band playing) which the three band members go to at teh cinema. but also there is.....Marks ex-girlfriend, and her new man!!!! Hilarity ens
ues as Mark pesters the girl, trying to get some answers or try and win her back or to be friends with her, but he screws up!! in the end, the girls new boyfrined starts kicking Marks ass and chasing him around. then the girl walks off with the geeky cinema worker!!!! What a bummer!!! ----------------------------------------------- 7 - Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last This is, literally, the best Green Day video i have ever seen. The band are playing a gig on a stage in a stadium, but they are acting like they are in an American Football match. they even go into the locker rooms for a pep-talk halfway through the song, and Mike gets injured from a tackle!!! Any Green Day would love this video.....I know i did!!! ----------------------------------------------- 6 - Sum 41 - makes No Difference I have been led to believe that this song is either from the first album, or a bonus track for the Uk version of the new album 'all killer, no filler'. The video is, the band playing at a house after the owners of the house leave their kids alone for the weekend. And one thing that is for sure....hilarity ensues!! and there is something different about Deryck Whibley (lead singer).....oh yeah, i know what it is...he has black hair!!!!!! unfortunately, my version of this is less than 1MB so it is total crap, quality wise.....oh well ----------------------------------------------- 5 - The Offspring - want You Bad Although, the old Offspring rule (i.e before 'Americana'), I would be the first to admit that this song, and the video that goes with it, rule. it goes something like this. the band play a set in a tall building, to loads of teenagers. There is one boy there who is on the lookout for a girl that he can chat up...and he ends up with more then he can chew!! Then all the drink at the party starts exploding, covering the place in foam. Thus, a foam party ensues, and the band and
all of the crowd are foamed!!!! And in the end the band get dragged under the foam by the fans!!! Although, nothing like 'Self Esteem' or 'L.A.P.D', this song is great to bounce around to!! ----------------------------------------------- 4 - Sum 41 - New Found Glory - Dressed To Kill This is the best New Found Glory song i have ever heard. The video features Rachel Leigh Cook, and some boy (i can't remeber his name!!! I did know, honest!!) the boy and the girl live in the same street, and they used to go out with each other. they break up, but they still love each other (i know what THAT'S like!!). The boy decides to ring the girl in the middle of the night, but hangs up when she answers. then he gets some flowers and goes to her house. he throws a stone at her window to wake her up, and he smashes her window!! All the while (well during the day part of the video) the band are playing in one of the garages attatched to the houses. Great song, Great Video!!! ----------------------------------------------- 3 - Blink 182 - M&M's (unedited) The unedited version of this video is the better one. the three blink boys, wake up early, and they take things from their girlfrineds (i.e money, an expensive watch), and they go out into town. they have fun and muck around, then in the evening they go to the club they are supposed to be playing at, and start unloading their instruments. thats when their girlfriends arrive. Each gilr pulls out a gun, and shoots one of the Blink boys, who in turn have guns and try to shoot back. the way the trio act when they are shooting, and when they are shot is hilarious. Scott gets shot, and he is writhing in agony, then he just stops and starts advertising Mentos (mints)!!!! Then the boys go into the club covered in wounds and lots of blood, ready to play, only to realise that their gig has been cancelled, until the next day!!! ---------------------
-------------------------- 2 - New Found Glory - Hit Or Miss (old) This version of Hit or Miss is taken from the bands first album, 'Nothing Gold Can Stay'. it is a lot rawer and is not very well produced sound wise, but the song (and video) still rule!! The whole video is just a spoof of COPS, where a camera follows the cop around, as he makes arrests. well this cop arrests all the members of NFG!! This how they get arrested : Steve - "illegal sale of Pokem*n cards to minors" Chad - "soliciting prostitutes" Ian - "Caught stealing Backstreet Boys Cd" Cyrus - "indecent exposure" (even though he is fully dressed...i think he was wearing his shorts to low!!!) Jordan - "Domestic dispute" All in all, this is an hilarious video!!! ----------------------------------------------- 1 - Blink 182 - Josie This has to be the best EVER Blink 182 video i have seen. it all starts when the Blink trio go to school. Mark forgets his lunch, and when everyone sees his mom, he gets embarressed and he gets taunted. Thats when he sees a beautiful girl....Josie. he is in love with her!!! he writes 'I Love you' on a piece of paper then maeks it into an aeroplane and throws it to her...but it lands in a fat boys lap. Mark and Tom blame the incident on Scott!! in the luch hall Mark starts a food fight (inadvertantly) and things only get worse when he trys out for running to impress Josie. He starts running and jumps a hurdle, then he jumps IN TO the second one, and he ends up in atangle with a broken neck. but he gets a kiss from Josie, and in the ambulance.....is the large boy who got his paper aeroplane!!!! ----------------------------------------------- And there we have it. My top ten Videos, all of them great, all of tehm 100% punk. Oh Yeah!!!
I rather like lists (very High Fidelity) but narrowing down my favourite singles, albums and artists to just ten seemed far too tricky. But deciding what to put in a music vid top ten throws up its own difficulties. For example, do you pick a video because it sits well with the song or just because its a great cellular piece in itself (eh)? I think I've done a bit of both - I could watch all these videos with the sound turned down and enjoy it but I do like most of the songs they are supposed to promote as well. Anyway, in no particular order, here goes: 1. BLUR - Coffee and TV. Featuring a delightful animated milk carton on legs and its many adventures. Opens with a family distraught, waiting for news of their missing son (a bespectacled Graeme Coxon). His "missing person " photo is pasted on the side of a milk carton sitting on the kitchen table. Said milk carton decides to set off to the city to try and find the son and bring him home. On the way he encounters many obstacles and hazards. He falls in love with a female strawberry milk but someone treads on her, squelching her flat before Milk Carton can get to her... Just when its looking really bleak he stumbles across Graeme and the rest of the band jamming in a room down the back of an alley. Graeme, upon seeing his face on the carton heads off home to his folks. On the bus back he drinks the milk and tosses the carton into the bin but just before the vid ends we see Milk Carton spirit float off to heaven where he is reunited with the Strawberry Milk Babe, as Graeme (or is it Graham?) is reunited with his family. Aw, tears all round. 2. BASEMENT JAXX - Where's Your Head At? This one is getting a lot of airplay on MTV at the moment and its quite scarey. The Jaxx Boys have had their faces morphed onto monkeys bodies and are performing this song in a medical lab. There's an arrogant fat-arsed record exec/DJ who has been invited to the lab by these
evil scientist types. He gets lost when he tries to run away from the Jaxx monkeys and keeps coming across sinister scenarios where the scientists are transferring human brains into monkeys and vice-versa. As the video ends it becomes apparent to him that he will be the next victim of the monkey-man crossover. 3. THE VERVE - Bittersweet Symphony. The one where Richard Ashcroft is walking down the street, bumping into people, jumping onto car bonnets and stopping for no-one as he single-mindedly strides on. I love the rudeness, and the arrogance of it as he pushes people out of the way, knocks them over and carries on without giving anyone a second glance. 4. RADIOHEAD - Just. Actually, thinking about it just now, this ones quite frustrating. A bloke is lying down in a busy street and passers-by are asking stopping to ask what the matter is. saying nothing is wrong and just wants to be left alone. But they persist in asking why he is lying down and eventually he tells them. Up until this point there's been subtitles but then they stop and you're left wondering what he says, as in the next shot everyone is lying down. There's lots of theories about this one, and if you've got any of your own, do let me know! 5. BADLY DRAWN BOY - Disillusion. Another one set in the city - got a bit of a street theme developing here. Damon Gough and his blooming teacosy hat) is a New York taxi ie. he's got a yellow t-shirt with the word Taxi on it. He gives piggy backs to people all around downtown until he gets clamped. Beats singing with Joan Collins in hotel bathrooms. 6. BOB DYLAN - Subterranean Homesick Blues. Much copied video in which Bob holds a pile of cards with key words and phrases from the song. As they are sung, he peels off the relevant page from the top of the pile and discards it, revealing the next word, until all the cards are gone and he walks off. Simple but effective.
7. ROBBIE WILLIAMS - A Love Supreme. Err, not sure about the name of the song, but its the one that samples Gloria Gaynor. Thing is, I'm not a massive fan of his music, but his videos are always very entertaining. This one sees Robbie playing the part of pipe smoking, guitar playing, side-boarded "Bob Williams", a F1 racing driver. Set in the 70s and using actual footage of Jackie Stewart and lots of imaginary newspaper headlines, the video charts the two men going head to head for the F1 championship. Bob, of course, is a bit of a lad, attracting as many stories for his off-track exploits ("Williams with judges wife" etc). Halfway through the season Bob has a crash! But miraculously survives! And it all comes down to the last race of the season!. But in typical comedic, Robbie fashionour hero needs the toilet just before the race and by accident, an official locks him into his caravan and he misses the race, leaving Jackie to go on to win the title. 8. BEASTIE BOYS - Sabotage. Hilarious pastiche of 70s US cop shows with much running around, guns and dodgy barnets. Beastie Boys always do good videos, the other one I like is 3 MCs and 1 DJ which is all done in one take, and just features the boys leaping around a basement but there's a lot of raw energy in it. 9. NEW ORDER - True Faith. Not much of a story in this video but visually its stunning with lots of wonderful brightly coloured characters jumping around, slapping each other, signing, bouncing about and acting weird. Lots to look at without having to think too hard. 10. FATBOY SLIM - Weapon of Choice. Again, like Robbie, I'm not big on Mr Cooks music but his videos are always fantastic. Although I said there was no particular order to this list, this is my all time favourite video. It features the actor Christopher Walken dancing all around a deserted hotel. He looks impossibly cool, dancing up escalators, on ta
ble tops and along mirrored corridors. The choreography is top-notch and he leaps around in a style to rival Fred Astaire before coming out of a lift and flying from the balcony in a surreal twist. Its quite brilliant, quite quite hilarious and I never tire of seeing it. A quick mention for Foo Fighters and Beck before I sign off - they always do slick videos, I haven't put any in my top ten but thought I'd give them a nod.
Ok, i am about to write my top ten videos. Most of them are punk, and they are only on here because i like the song, not the video....i will give a description of what the video entails, what album the track is from and other such information.....not ot hard to take in?? It took me a while to get the list right but i finally managed it, and i am quite pleased with what i finished up with...not to hard for me, and hopefully a good read for you.....well only if you are a punk fan, not just mainstream punk, but some underground stuff to....it is all exciting and each video is good, at least in it's own way...hope you enjoy. 10 : Bowling For Soup : The Bitch Song. This is the hilariously funny video from texan punk/rockers Bowling For Soup. The video entails the four members of the band getting put in prison for something they didn't do. They are handled roughly by fellow inmates and in particular a short one. They are finally released after it is found outh that they are innoccent, but that doesn't stop them from playing just outside the cells and being grabbed.... Best Part : There isn't really a best part of this album, because it is all funny, although it does give a new meaning to the phrase "don't drop the soap". Worst Part : The guitarist being, literally, gay for another inmate. I swear he must weigh at least 20 stone!! From the Album : Let's Do It For Johnny - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 : NoFx : Leave It Alone. No top ten video list would be the same without the ever so famous NoFx video Leave It Alone. It isn't famous because of it's content though, but more because of the fact that it was, and still is, the only video they have ever filmed for a single. The video is basically them playing to a small punk crowd in some kids house, and then, at the end them skating off holding onto the back of an Ice Cream Van....not exactly scin
tilating stuff, but still a legendry video. Best Part : None really. There is nothing good OR bad about this video....excpet for the fact it is the only song they ever made a promo video for... Worst Part : See above. From The Album : Punk In Drublic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 : Blink 182 : Adam's Song., Adam's Song was based on an e-mail the band got from a boy of about 13, which he sent to each member of the band moments before he killed himself. He stated Blink as one of hte very few things that brightened up his life, and they decided to write a song about it, because it was such a serious issue. The video itself is nothing spectacular. It is Blink playing in front of LOT'S of photos of them, and old Blink flyers etc, interspersed with scenes of them in a restaurant, waiting to go onstage etc. The song and the video are very, very good, and probably one of the best videos of 1999/2000. Best Part : The song. Worst Part : The story the song is based on. From The Album : Enema Of The State - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 : A.F.I : Day's Of The Phoenix. The goth punkers have done it this time, with the amazing song 'Days Of The Phoenix'. The video, once again isn't to amazing which is why it only came in at number 7, but it isn't bad. The song has a good pace to it, and the band look so funny/scary in their goth get up. The way the singer creams on the video really gets me every time, and the bit hwere he is back stage and he isn't wearing the whole pvc/leather gear.... Best Bit : The song Worst Bit : None really.... From The Album : The Art Of Drowning. --------------------------------------------- 6 : The Offspring : Why Don't You Get A Job? This along with 'Pretty Fly...' managed to catapult the Offspring to the heights
that that had started with 'Smash' but not really continued with 'Ixnay.....'. Although the album the song is taken from is really crap, the song itself isn't all that bad....i would choose some earlier videos but there isn't much to them. The video consists of the band walking through a town, with lots of people starting to follow them a la Limp Bizkit style, although this one is MUCH better!! Best Bit : When the lame dude jumps through the window!! Worst Bit : The bit where the 'Pretty Fly...' dude drives past at the end...really lame!!! From The Album : Americana --------------------------------------------- 5 : Jimmy Eat World : Bleed American. This is the debut single form the bands new album 'Bleed American'. The song is not the heaviest on the album (as i said it was), and the video isn't the best. It is them plaaying "live", but it isn't really. they go mad on the video, the singer shaking his head in several hundred different directions...i only really chose it because the song rules, and no video could make it bad......... Best Bit : The Song Worst Bit : None From The Album : Bleed American --------------------------------------------- 4 : System Of A Down : Chop Suey. I know i said that this list would mostly be punk, but i didn't say it would ALL be punk did i?? This song is amazing, and the video isn't all that bad....it consists of the band playing on a stage and intertwining with each other.....the special effects must have been pretty expensive!! Best Bit : The amazing Singing, and the video Worst Bit : NONE!!!!!!!!! From The Album : Toxicity --------------------------------------------- 3 : Foo Fighters : Everlong. Once again a non-punk song, but once again a great song AND video!!! The video is one of the freakiest i have ev
er seen, and it involves Dave Grohl dressing up as a punk, and Taylor Hawkins dressing up as a woman!! I swear he looks authentic in that dress!! Need more info?? go and find the video online!! Best Bit : The bit with hte HUGE phone!!! Worst Bit : the other band members dressed up with fake stubble....sickening! From The Album : The Colour And The Shape --------------------------------------------- 2 : The Offspring : All I Want This video is so different form others that i have seen by the Offspring. The video is some boy running down streets through a town, while getting undressed, while the band play in a house, and some dude with a stocking on his head plays the piano!! At the end, the boy falls over in mud wearing nothing more then his boxers!! other bits include crashes from old races like one on penny farthings, and one where a racing car crashes into loads of people!! Best Bit : The crashes Worst Bit : The boy in his underwear!! From The album : Ixnay On The Hombre. --------------------------------------------- 1 : Blink 182 : Josie. Who else would i put here?? they are only the best punk band around. The video is probably one of the funniest they have done, the complete opposite of 'Adam's SOng' in the funny rating. The video contains the band playing in the toilets at school, Mark Running aound the running field, and other funny stuff. I would reccomend the video to anyone who is lucky enough to find it. (i have only found it on the 'Urethra Chronicles VCR/DVD). Best Bit : all of it!! Worst Bit : None From the album : Dude Ranch. --------------------------------------------- So there you have it, my top ten videos, most of them punk, but a couple of different ones (rock/metal/emo). They are all great and if there is one of them you haven't seen then i reccommend that you look for it!!