So finally after many weeks, it comes down to the last album of Much Music’s Big Shiny Tunes, the beast that started it all and created a somewhat popular trend. I do only own 1-4 and they went all the way up to Volume 14, but I don’t intend to subject you to the crap they started loading up on after volume 4. Considered yourself spared, but also let’s go back, way back to a time called 1996. No internet, limited digital media, and it was cool to hang out at the mall record shop to listen to Big Shiny Tunes.
Bush (X) – Machinehead
Some original hXc music and video going on here. Well, not really or at all, but Bush (or Bush X depending on what side of the Atlantic you are on) was hella hot with anyone and everyone in ’96. I was in elementary school and my fellow peeps were picking up lots of things Bush / Bush X related. However, this music video is far removed from being stellar. For the most part it does conform to other videos of the period (band playing, things happening), however there’s not much of anything interesting happening at all. Just shots of driving around filming stuff and the band filmed while doing a live show. I know it’s been 15 years, but older videos have stood the test of time better.
Garbage – Queer
Just a quick note that Queer in this context is the context where queer is strange, not the gay kind. Anyways, this falls into the more literal video category so it involves you to listen closely while watching. Or find the cliffs notes on the song subject. Either way, it’s a better example of how a video can hold well after 15 years (see above for an example). It’s an example of good directing along side good technique. Even in the modern-day black and white gives off a bit of timelessness to your art or help to have it retain tone for long periods. It takes a wise person to know when to go black and white vs full colour.
Limblifter – Tinfoil
Not a bad video going on here. Well focused for your ‘band playing’ for the music video, but Limblifter manged to change it up in more than one sense. In fact, they’re changing playing positions! And then at times, not even bothering to play but fuck around with other things. That’s a good case of added variety for a situation which typically ends up boring as hell for the audience. Nice work Limblifter. Gold Star on this one.
Red Hot Chilly Peppers – Aeroplane
Leave it to the RHCP to find a director to come up with a massive crazy super choreographed music video that involves no less than three dozen women in costumes. Aw, they even got children involved too. As an added bonus they even topless, like they do in so many videos. Best to look back on them because today, I’m sure they only rarely remove the shirts and they sure as hell do not look like that in this day and age.