If you’ve spent vast amount of time on this website (and let’s face it, you have), you’ve probably seen countless news posts about new music videos from your favorite band. Ever since MTV pounced on the scene with quick-edit, gimmicky, visual representations of songs, it seemed we were hooked. There have been plenty of memorable ones, like Daft Punk’s video for “Around The World” or Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” As you well know, there are some horrible ones: anything by David Hasselhoff, Escape The Fate’s “Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché,” and Hoobastank’s “The Reason,” just to name a few.
What are some of your favorite music videos? What videos do you wish were never made? Has a music video ever changed your mind about a song? But most importantly, are music videos still relevant? MTV spends minutes a day showcasing new videos. Alternative outlets like Fuse can be expensive to add to one’s cable diet. YouTube, however, has allowed every joe schmo to create their very own video for the new, let’s say, Boys Like Girls song. For each person with talent, there seems to be countless others clogging up our hallowed Internet tubes. Do you like seeing people create their own videos, or should that be left to the artist?
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For my money, there wasn't a better video than All the Small Things. To me that seemed to cement Blink as having made it and the way they lampooned those videos is still classic. That to me was Blink at their peak without the squabbling and what not.
music videos are a lost art. i mean think about it, if you are watching tv you dont want to just hear a song, you need visual representation. the idea of a music video to begin with is quite smart. i've always been a fan of anything by michel gondry and many marilyn manson videos such as "coma white" or "the beautiful people". i really like the video for "digital bath" b/c it looks like the band made it themselves and is just chill. but for me the classics are michel gondry's works with bjork especially. im also fond of the classic "smack my bitch up" vid but thats only b/c i like plot twists. music videos becoming extinct is a lost art
I'm currently reading "Money For Nothing" by Saul Austerlitz. It's the entire history of the american music video. It's a great book, but it's a bit like reading a text book. At any rate, although the music video functions mostly as an advertisement it's probably one of the best art forms out there. It takes all that is visual art and combines it with audible art.
Great directors...Mark Romanek, Spike Jonze, Godley and Creme and of course Michel Gondry.
Picking great videos is hard though...My favorites change weekly haha.