June 10th, 2008


Music Videos

After yesterday's post, I got to thinking about how I really dig a good music video, and how a good one will, in many ways, make up for a very normal song.

However, the same applies in reverse: a song that I like can be ruined by a bad film clip, because the image just sticks in my head, and I can't escape it. Take, for example, the video for Radiohead's 'Karma Police', a song I quite liked when I first heard it (as did a lot of other people, from what I understand). The film clip, however, is awful:

I don't know if it's just the fact that I spent three minutes watching a man run along a street, or that Thom Yorke's bored facial expression mirrors that nicest thoughts I had, or that dumb ass final where the man drops the mat on the leaking petrol makes me want to groan, but this is one of the worse videos I can remember off the top of my head. In fact, whenever I think of bad film clips, this is the song that comes straight to my mind. It came close to doing in the song for me, and I think that, in truth, I did like the song a little less after it. Likewise, I've yet to see any kind of music video involving the Flaming Lips that made me want to watch their music.

'Flight Test' from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is a prime example:

Yes, fighting bugs, fighting bogans, and Wayne Coyne in a silly hat.

I bet you can't wait to rush out and buy this album, yes?

The clip for 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' is marginally more appealing, but for a song involving a Japanese girl who fights robots, I can't help but feel that the clip seems to miss its mark:

I suppose the problem I have with the clips from the Flaming Lips is that they never seem to capture the colour, the weirdness, and the cool of the band, especially on what I consider their best album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The clip for 'Do You Realise', which has men in giant bunny rabbit suits, and close ups on faces, as well as an elephant, is probably the best I've seen of theirs, but still, there's nothing in it that would sell me on the band, nothing that would key me into the slightly off centre sensibility that is at the heart of the band. Perhaps someone will disagree with me, giving the rabbit suits and the pig suit, but still, I maintain my position that the clips are rather tame.

In fact, you could perhaps argue that I'm just not a fan of music videos in which the band appears. It's not that I dislike them, It's just that I figure they were done to death in the eighties and nineties, and clips where the band appears no belong to that special, special sub genre of pop/cock rock--

--or teenie pop--

--wherein the main attraction is just how attractive the band/singer can be.

In both cases, artistic mileage is very limited, but then, y'know, not everything is about art.

As an aside, I love to watch the clip for 'Don't Cha' and think of all the most dirty and disgusting things I can. I'm an imaginative guy. I make a list, then I run it down and ask myself how many of these things the girls in the band would do. I always figure they'll say no to the horse. But in this case, I reckon Busta Rhymes would go it.


Actually, I think I'll just end this post right here, since I can't top that line. Next post I'll track down some clips I liked.

For, y'know, the artistic merit.
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