Youtube Corner Pt. 4: 5 Great Music Videos

November 2, 2006

Hey folks. I’m going to sort of take a break here and do a youtube post. I might not update next monday, we’ll see. I think I may need to take a week off to concentrate on some stuff, we’ll see. But there are some great music videos out there that you may or may not know about, and I’d like to share them with you. They each have their own distinct personalities and great qualities. I promise you, all of these are timeless in some way, whether or not you like them. If it was “the five best music videos” than things would be far too obvious. I’d have to include Coffee And TV and Thriller and Fell In Love With A Girl and all that shit which I just don’t feel like doing right now.

But just so you know, I totally had in mind to include Reverence by The Jesus And Mary Chain, because in some kind of weird way, that is art. But youtube doesn’t have it, so I replaced it with something. I won’t say which. But look for the Reverence video, or at least the Far Gone And Out video, because JaMC videos are badass.

1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. Really, it’s almost hard to swallow how many fricking many videos the Pumpkins had. It’s more than you would think, really. Like, sort of a ridiculous amount for each album, save Gish maybe. To be honest, almost all of them are great, save some that are otherwise brilliant if you ignore the fact that Billy Corgan seems to love the camera lens a tad too much, not giving anyone else a chance. But this is probably the best one. If you ever forgot what the 90s were like, and what it meant to go out on a weekend and just screw around going to parties and being a total jackass, well, this is the perfect reminder. Believe it or not, this kind of stuff happened. And it was great.

Rabbit In Your Headlights by Unkle. Really, the fact that Thom Yorke does the vocals is pretty irrelevant, but worthy of note. The song itself is moody and atmospheric, but the video makes it really special. If you want thought provoking, this is the one to watch. Many times when this kind of short story type of art is put into video form, it just doesn’t work out. It seems too campy and poorly planned, because these videos by nature just are very hard to do and make meaningful. However, this one is good. It all really builds throughout the entire thing.

Dayvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada. What’s really cool about this one is that it’s real. Like, the first part. The second half is essentially cool ass shots of waves and surfers and such, but the first part…well, that is the biggest ever freefall. He was out in the exosphere or some shit, practically in space. Skydiving seems crazy enough to me, but this guy, wow. He survived too. Apparently if one little thing went wrong he would have essentially been burnt to a crisp in the atmosphere. Does the music good justice, and it really gets you thinking, which is kind of what music videos are supposed to do at their core. BoC have always been very dissonant, and this pushes that notion along.

Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros. I don’t know the band that well, but this is a fantastic video. What does it really mean to be a hooligan anyway? On an artistic level, this video does everything that a heartwarming song like this should evoke. Of course, the song is sort of a piece to imagine your own image up to, but I think this was a very powerful video with a very powerful but vague and open-ended set of themes.

Once In A Lifetime by The Talking Heads. A true classic of it’s age, for sure. The song is surely the Heads’ best, and the video is nothing short of hypnotic. It almost plays like a skewed 80s instructional video, on how to be effectively unpredictable. Perhaps it is a product of it’s times, but theres nothing like throwing this baby out on a dance floor and getting some cheers.

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