We love music, we love images, we love time passing to them sounds and movements, so there.
If someone wants to turn this into a poll, be my guest. I’m just in it for the lists.
Plase don’t overload your posts with video links.
Freedom — George Michael. Dir. David FincherCity Song — Luscious Jackson. Dir. Tamra DavisSomething About You — Level 42. Dir. Stuart OrmeFather Figure — George Michael. Dir. G. Michael, Andy MonahanKnives Out — Radiohead. Dir. Michel GondryFashion — David Bowie. Dir. David MalletThe View from the Afternoon — Arctic Monkeys. Dir. W.I.Z.It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M. Dir. James HerbertTeenage Riot — Sonic Youth. Dir. Sonic YouthTwist in My Sobriety — Tanita Tikaram. Dir. Gerard de Thame
I really like what Death Grips is doing with both their music and music videos. They’re incredibly lo-fi and resourceful and I think they really fit the sound of the music:
Other than that, “No Surprises” and “House of Cards” by Radiohead come to mind for their simplicity. Bjork does some good videos as well, like “It’s Oh So Quiet” (though she also makes a lot of bad videos). Narratives usually come off as bad in music videos. Anything built around a simple concept usually serves the music well.
All Is Full of Love by Björk (directed by Chris Cunningham)
All I Need by Air (directed by Mike Mills)
Ask by The Smiths (directed by Derek Jarman)
Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós (directed by Arni & Kinski)
Karma Police by Radiohead (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk (directed by Tim Pope)
Quelqu’un m’a dit by Carla Bruni (directed by Leos Carax)
Ready for the Floor by Hot Chip (directed by Nima Nourizadeh)
Sugar Water by Cibo Matto (directed by Michel Gondry)
Video Games by Lana Del Rey (directed by Lana Del Ray)
10. The Chauffer- Duran Duran
9. Come Dancin’- The Kinks
8. Clint Eastwood- Gorzillas
7. Synchronicity- The Police
6. It’s My Life- Talk Talk
5. Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O’Connor
4. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
3. Crucify- Tori Amos
2. Sober- Tool
1. Hurt- Johnny Cash
“All is Full of Love”-Björk
“I Want to Break Free”-Queen
“Life on Mars?”-David Bowie
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”-Beyoncé
“Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”-D’Angelo
“Work It”-Missy Elliott
Some pretty great choices: Carla Bruni, Lana del Rey, those by Talk Talk, Johnny Cash and that Michel Gondry video of Cibo Matto, among others. And yes, that one by D’Angelo too. :)
This is the most genius thing you will ever see
and i’m glad to be among Death Grips fans!
I can never fill out a whole top ten list. But for music videos, I can’t stop watching Gary Numan’s “Cars.”
I know I already posted ten, but here are ten more that are also great.
“Billie Jean”-Michael Jackson
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”-Cyndi Lauper
“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”-Erykah Badu feat. Common
“Once in a Lifetime”-Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime – Talking HeadsImitation of Life – REMGreen Grass Of Tunnel – MúmWill Never Marry – Morrissey
In no particular order:
Closer (Dir. Mark Romanek for Nine Inch Nails, 1994) from The Downward SpiralBlack Tie White Noise (Dir. Mark Romanek for David Bowie, 1993) from Black Tie White NoiseChina Girl (Dir. David Mallet for David Bowie, 1983) from Let’s DanceWe’re in This Together (Dir. Mark Pellington for Nine Inch Nails, 1999) from The FragileIt’s a Sin (Dir. Derek Jarman for the Pet Shop Boys, 1987) from ActuallyWhat God Wants, Pt. 1 (Dir. Tony Kaye for Roger Waters, 1992) from Amused to DeathBehind the Wheel (Dir. Anton Corbijn for Depeche Mode, 1987) from Music For the MassesFurious Angels (Dir. unknown for Rob Dougan, 2003) from Furious AngelsSledgehammer (Dir. Stephen R. Johnson for Peter Gabriel, 1986) from SoWelcome to the Machine (Dir. Gerald Scarfe for Pink Floyd, 1975) from Wish You Were HereLook Back in Anger (Dir. David Mallet for David Bowie, 1979) from LodgerAngel Eyes (Dir. unknown for Roxy Music, 1979) from ManifestoWrong (Dir. Patrick Daughters for Depeche Mode, 2009) from Sounds of the UniverseSuffer Well (Dir. Anton Corbijn for Depeche Mode, 2005) from Playing the AngelThe Heart’s Filthy Lesson (Dir. Samuel Bayer for David Bowie, 1995) from 1. OutsideOnly (Dir. David Fincher for Nine Inch Nails, 2005) from With TeethI’m With Stupid (Dir. unknown for Pet Shop Boys, 2006) from FundamentalHappiness in Slavery (Dir. Jon Reiss for Nine Inch Nails, 1992) from BrokenThe Perfect Kiss (Dir. Jonathan Demme for New Order, 1985) from Low-LifeTerrible Angels (Dir. unknown for Charlotte Gainsbourg, 2011) from Terrible Angels (E.P.)A Kind of Magic (Dir. Russell Mulcahy for Queen, 1986) from A Kind of MagicLand of Confusion (Peter Fluck, Roger Law for Genesis, 1986) from Invisible Touch
That may be too many but they’re the ones that have either had an impression upon me or merely tickled my fancy.
Also Chris Cunningham’s video for Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker (1999).
Yes, Land of Confusion, Welcome to the Machine, Closer and What God Wants are quite good. I was also reminded of Queen’s Innuendo.
Windowlicker is a great video.
Where’s your Head At? Basement Jaxx (Glaser)
Let forever Be & Out of Control Chemical Brothers (Gondry & Glaser, I think)
Downtown Train Tom Waits (Mondino)
Jay-Z 99 Problems (Vincent Gallo cameo)
I just saw Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World and it’s good:
Can’t go wrong with The Pharcyde – Drop (directed by Spike Jonze)
Ludacris – Get Back
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Now I feel compelled to share a couple I didn’t mention.
The underseen video for NIN’s Sin, director unknown. EXPLICIT
And Coil’s cover of Tainted Love, featuring Marc Almond in the video…
@ Charles: So is that a different version than is on Closure? I always forget how rough NIN’s videos were for such a mainstream band. Though Skinny Puppy might have one up on them :)
I’m not sure. I’ve never gotten to see the Closure videotapes, nor download the torrent. As far as I know it was only released in a fragment, about half of the video anyway, and only online because of its obvious content.
Hmmm, I remember some of the explicitness, like the dildo, but not the part with the hood over the guy’s head. And the uncensored version of Happiness in Slavery is on there, which I think is way more shocking than Sin . I don’t know. At any rate, you should watch Closure!!! one tape is just a compilation of their videos, but the other is a bunch of live stuff combined with behind-the-scenes footage, and is really good. makes me sad i didn’t get to see NIN back when they/he were in their complete-mayhem-at-live-shows days
Yeah me too. Then again, I would’ve only been 3 or 4 years old when they did Woodstock ’94. Hope to see Trent live someday.
My Top 2:
Ralch, you started a music video thread where you don’t want people to link to too many of their favorites, making me have to look them up separately? That’s just mean…
They can always include a few in separate posts, so that each page is not overloaded with videos. Sorry, it’s just that pages too heavy make my computer struggle. :(
Heh. That’s okay, just giving you a hard time. Copying and pasting isn’t so tough really.
Anyway, some good choices so far. I’ll add some that immediately pop into mind;
Setting Sun The Chemical BrothersCriminal Fiona Apple
Big Time Sensuality Bjork Bittersweet Symphony VerveAround the World Daft PunkWhat’s a Girl to Do Bats for LashesWeapon of Choice Fat Boy Slim
B.O.B. OukastNone Shall Pass Aesop RockKill Tone Odd NostramClose to the Edit Art of NoisePerfect Love The ResidentsDirty Mind PrincePoison Arrow ABCRock me Amadeus FalcoHad a Dream Roger Hodgson
Greg said “Daft Punk.” Which means THIS is really the best music video:
Hey, Deckert—I was at the concert (or one of them at least) where Romanek shot the Hurt video. It’s a great video but it was truly incredible to see that live, with the massive screen and that imagery. It’s something I’ll never forget.
Around the World – Daft Punk
Rosa Parks – Outkast
Gimme Some More – Busta Rhymes
Hurt – Johnny Cash
One – Metallica
Freak on a Leash – Korn
Only – Nine Inch Nails
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Marilyn Manson – his entire video library
Tool – same as above