Thursday, September 3, 2009

Top 5 Music Videos Seen For the First Time TODAY

Today I tracked down links to my favorite music videos for an upcoming weekly feature I'm mulling over. While surfing around, I came across some amazing videos that I'd never seen before. I don't want to give much away but the Bowie video is mind-blowingly rad and the Sigur Ros might be one of my favorite videos of all time. Make sure you stick with it and watch the events unfold. The Pulp video couldn't be enabled so you'll have to click the link but it's definitely worth the trip. Let me know what you think.

David Bowie and Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy

Kid606 - Sometimes

Daft Punk - Da Funk

Sigur Ros - Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa

Pulp - Bad Cover Version
Here's a Wikipedia article on this video if you're having trouble putting names with the faces:



Bob Turnbull said...

The first time I saw that Daft Punk video I was transfixed - I had no idea what the hell I was watching, though I kinda guessed it was a video. Then I found out it was Spike Jonze...Have you checked out the Directors Label sets of videos by specific directors? The Spike Jonze set (which contains this) and Michel Gondry sets are chock full of brilliant videos.

That Sigur Ros video is gorgeous - beautiful tune. Two recommendations on that front as well: 1) Their "concert" film "Heima" has them touring Iceland and playing in all sorts of different spots. The last song in Reyjavik is goose bump inducing for me. 2) One of the late scenes in the Quebec film C'est Pas Moi Je Le Jure cut to Sigur Ros and that winds up in an old bowling alley is breathtaking.

That kid606 clip was also extraordinarily impressive. Thanks.

Heather said...

It's really hard to say a top 5, especially when I consider the number of years I've been watching music videos (those days are mostly gone, unfortunately), and all the music videos that have had a lasting impression on me.

So, just off the top of my head, here are some of my favs:

Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
I like a lot of Michel Gondry videos. I love the imagery of this video and how the landscape matches up with the beats. Very creative. My favorite sequence is 1:39-2:25.

Fatboy Slim - Praise You
I also like a lot of Spike Jonze videos. I think this one is hilarious. Spike is great in it.

Death Cab for Cutie - Movie Script Ending
I like all the still shots. And I like seeing their day unfold in the song. The ending gets me every time.

Bright Eyes - Bowl of Oranges
I like how it's all crafty and DIY.

Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
I love the dancing. I love how it's like old musicals

Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
I'm also a fan of a lot of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris videos. This video was so iconic for me as a young teenager. It so perfectly captured youth and what it was like to be a young teenager. I remember thinking the video was just

Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
So beautiful. Come to find out I was being exposed to George Melies (it just doesn't look the same without the accents) in 6th grade and I didn't even know it!

Coldplay - The Scientist
The effects are cool and I like seeing the story unfold, and to see the end (beginning). It really took me by surprise.

Johnny Cash - Hurt
Beautiful video, makes me cry. A great montage of his life.

Weezer - Buddy Holly
This was a classic. I remember being so amazed, at the time, by the technology to pull something like this off.

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
(I couldn't find a good video on youtube, so here's the link for MTV, but there's an advertisement before)
Another really amazing looking video. The imagery reminds me of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris know their stuff.

Daniel said...

Wow, same response as Bob. I always loved that old DP song but had never seen the video. You. Can't. Stop. Watching. It.

Good call on The Scientist and 1979, too.