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Sunday, December 19, 2010

30 Clever, Funny, Scary and Just Plain Entertaining Music Videos: Part 3

10 - Foo Fighters - Everlong
Foo Fighters are back for the last time with what is arguably their best song and easily their best video.  Dave and Taylor play husband and... wife?  When Dave gets the hint that his wife may be in danger in her dreams, he fights to get back to sleep to get in there and save her from the other two band members.  It’s very strange, very chaotic, and very fun.

09 - Weezer - Buddy Holly
Who doesn’t like the things Spike Jonze has done behind the camera.  What could be his greatest masterpiece is Buddy Holly.  He seamlessly integrates geek rockers Weezer into an episode of Happy Days.  It is so seamless that it actually seems real.  A flawless execution.

08 - Jet - Look What You’ve Done
Cute little animated animals get viciously slaughtered by an unseen evil in this video.  You never see too much in the form of a violent kill, but it’s what you don’t see that is truly scary.  Also, it’s over a poppy, cheery little song, which makes you wonder what the guys who where behind this bizarre display where smoking.

07 - Beck - Girl
At the end of every Mad Magazine was a page with strange art you could fold over to reveal a sort of subliminal image when the center of the picture is cut out.  Yeah, so Beck did a whole video on that concept.  Shelves, tables and entire buildings fold to reveal sardonic messages about what is on screen.

06 - Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
This COULD be the greatest drug-induced hallucination in the history of music.  Peter Gabriel’s stop motion clay fest is so out there and filled with insanity, that you’re waiting to wake up in a place that is normal by comparison.. like Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

05 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Soundgarden is awesome, this video: equally awesome... and a little scary.  The suburbs meet all kinds of crazy when the band rocks out and a molten Unicron shows up to make everyone’s face stretch out of shape.. or something.  But hey!  There’s a creepy woman putting on make-up while she’s on a belt machine and a much younger, overly-tanned guy doing push ups in the same room.  Yeah!  Um... Wait...  Wow this video is weird!

04 - Beastie Boys - Sabotage
I’m not a fan of hip-hop to be honest.  I don’t like it much.  But that’s not to say that some hits stand don't out as awesome.  There were a few runners up in my list that almost made it too, including Busta Rhymes and Tupac, but this video is probably my all time favorite hip hop video.  The Beastie Boys are dressed as 1970’s cops and act out an over-the-top action show's opening credits.  It’s funny and brilliant.

03 - Pearl Jam - Jeremy
This video is dead serious, and so is the subject matter.  But the disturbing imagery, epic tune and shocking ending makes this one one of the greatest videos of all time... EVER!

02 - A-Ha - Take on Me
This brilliantly executed video mixes animation with live action seamlessly and is arguably the first video to use modern special effects so well not only to match the song, but to tell a story.  It’s easily the one best videos of the 80’s and also one of the best songs.  It’s a shame they never had another hit.

01 - Michael Jackson - Thriller
Here it is.  Was there ever a question really?  This extremely long, horror movie/music video has one of the most famous and recognizable dance numbers in music history and the King of Pop’s haunting and really fun tune goes perfect with the ghoulish theme.  It’s just wonderful.

1 comment:

  1. I always associate Sabotage with the winter X-games because that's where I first heard it and they play it every year.