So this weeks Art of Music Videos sort of precipitated out of thinking about the All Stars music video and was going to be another week involving music videos tied in with movies / TV, but I did not have enough time to do the appropriate research. However I had been picking up videos that were mostly from the Big Shiny Tunes series of CDs made by Much Music. And so here’s a select choice from Big Shiny Tunes 4.
Smash Mouth – All Stars
This is was the music video tie in to the big movie hit MYSTERY MEN, a movie starring Ben Stiller and a bunch of other people who decide to step up into the super hero game because like Best Guy or some non-sense gets captured and crime is rampant in their City. You actually see cast of the movie make several appearances in the video while the Smash Mouth lead singer walks around (that man has a big chubby face ever) doing heroic things. By todays standards Mystery Men is very much a head shaker of a movie.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
A casual and well-directed video. The regular kind that follows the narration / theme / story of the song. It’s subtle, nothing is really strongly indicated as to what happened to the band aside from they’re in an accident and they stop by some place of theirs that was burned down. Other than that, they just make their way along (I’m guessing) through the Californian desert trying to get away from the source of their pain. The only thing I can sort of fault this video for doing is the constant long shots of the guitarist while the solos play.
Moist – Breathe (TLA Mix)
A typical ‘band playing while shit happens’ music video. The late 90s/ early 00s were notorious for videos like this as I’ve pointed out in other AMV installments. For the most part it’s effective for getting the audience to recognize the band and the band members, but at the same time some directors don’t play it well and its a bit bland while other directors get creative about it. (See Supergrass’s Pumping on Your Stereo)
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
A Spike Jonze directed video and one of his more earlier ones. This was a pioneer of sort of impromptu / cheap budget music videos done for a good two or three years after this (Guerrilla Style is what I’ve been informed). The lead dancer is in fact Spike Jonze himself and at the MTV video awards later that year, he and the group of dancers were able to perform this live, the notable change being that everyone was wearing black suits covered in bicycle blinker lights dancing around choreographed to the music while Fat Boy himself played Praise You on Piano.