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Creative or insane?

So I don’t think it should come to much surprise that I tend to enjoy some of the music videos directed by Spike Jonze. I’ve posted quite a number of them up here and he’s been one of the more creative directors I’ve seen (along side Michel Gondry and Chris Cunninham) and if you check the kinds of artist they direct for, you see the why the awesomeness comes out. In addition to directing music videos, Jonze has also directed a number of quirky films (Where the Wild Things Are) and is one of the few directors left who hates CGI and uses it as a last resort in his work. But don’t take my word for it, let his work speak for himself.

Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice

This is one of the rare videos that has been able to capture the awesome power of Christopher Walken in his natural state. That’s some incredible shit he pulls off and if you can pull moves off like that to a T, then you’ll never have to worry about women problems ever again.

Chemical Brothers – Elektrobank

So this goes back some years, when the Chemical Brothers were on the upstroke to Coolsville in the electronica world. Electronica and techno music is always a bit of a challenge to get a good video going done. So what got done was basically the Karate Kid in Gymnast form. The chick doing the routine, that happens to be Jonze’s wife (at the time I believe) who was actually a gymnast. If you ever get a chance to hear the commentary by Jonze on this video, it’s got some pretty good insight into it on him and his process. Oh look, another Chemical Brothers Cameo.

Björk – It’s in our Hands

Given this is Björk, it’s a bit tough to guess who came up with this idea. I’m actually pretty creeped out from this video when normally I’m intrigued or fascinated by what the directors do. I think it’s mostly the use of the night vision and Björk’s weird expression. Either way, I never want to watch that again. Ever.

Dinosaur Jr. – Feel the Pain

Turns out New York was once host the most xtreme game of golf ever. I wish I had been there. I mean seeing dudes get beaten the fuck up over a golf ball, driving around in a golf cart like it was nothing. I mean who wouldn’t want to be given the chance to do that? Not even Tiger Woods is really that extreme with his golfing. But think of the entertainment factor.

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Whhhaaaaaa~~~?

So almost a year ago I first threw up the fantastical amazing music video called ‘Mind Shift’ by WORLD ORDER from ye little Japan and followed it up in Spring with their ‘Machine Civilization’ video which was done as a pick-me-up for the whole earthquake thing. But I was thinking, they use the same style, different videos… That’s a Series!

So here’s all their videos to date in their badass ultra choreography made even more spectacular because it’s from the mind of a former Mixed Marshal Artist Genki Sudo.

World Order – World Order

Japanese people are so polite. No matter what crazy things are going on in the background of their cities, giant robots, space colony drops, Godzilla, they’ll always just keep rolling on like they shouldn’t mind. Anyways, this is totally fantastic and the skill involved is almost without description. It’s an amazing combination and flow between slowed mechanical movements and organic flow.

World Order – World Order New York Ver.

And from Tokyo to New York, World Order is back at it. And how do the American people deal? They pretty much stop and stare and record the crazy Japanese people doing their crazy movies. I mean it’s new york so I can understand that they see crazy shit all the time, but they should have more fun. Like the Japanese kids in the Tokyo version. Props goes to the scene swapping shots that match up the dancing. That’s skills, especially with what they’re doing.

World Order – Mind Shift

More or less the same guys doing their crazy stuff, however, they’ve added two more people and like a bajillion new moves. Even to go so far as have a little story going on in some interesting settings.

World Order – Boy Meets Girl

And another story based dance scenario. I don’t think it’s as awesome as the others, but you can’t really argue too hard about pelvic thrusting. However there’s a good dynamic going on between the guys and their moves along side the ladies who are just acting everything out normally.

World Order – Machine Civilization

Now last time I let Genki Sudo do the talking about this one, but I’ll add what I wanted to say. It’s a good video. It’s full of clear shots and interesting locations. Lots of interesting dynamics happening between colours and what they’re doing. They’ve come a long way with the choreography and keeping things fresh and new with every video, which is nothing short of genius.

World Order – 2012

Once again from Tokyo to MEXICO! Can’t mention 2012 without visiting lovely Central and South Americas. These guys couldn’t be further out of their element than Mexico (I guess they could go to like Northern Canada), but people still don’t seem to mind what’s going on. It would be nicer to see people trying to get in on what they’re doing, but it’s still great to watch. And that last number in front of Leon Trotsky’s grave is fantastic!

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Discovery circa 2001

This week in Part 2 of a Series of Series, it’s time to take a good gander at Daft Punk. It’s been well documented on this blog I have some admiration for Daft Punk and criticism of their more recent works. I’ve mentioned a number of times about Interstella 5555, which combined the best of Daft Punk and the classic anime stylings of Leiji Mastumoto (of Space Battleship Yamato fame).

With his help Interstella 5555 (Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem) came to be and basically every song from Discovery was made into a music video.

Daft Punk – One More Time

So here we start off on this magical planet of music where everyone is grovin’ and having a fantastic time. This band is just the shit and everyone knows it. Hell it’s so awesome everyone has basically dropped what they were doing to watch the concert, even planetary security because what could possibly happen? Oh right, invasion.

Daft Punk – Aerodynamic

And these dudes mean business. They’re just waltzing in and acting like a boss, turning things off, causing a panic in the people. They don’t want that music playing so they just turn it off. Hell, they don’t like the band so much so they’re going to cart their asses off. Now all that planet has to look forward to is being the back drop for an Eiffel 65 video…

Daft Punk – Digital Love

No wait, they’re going to call in the SPACE JANITOR! Or his cousin’s brother since this guy is totally into guitars and even so much to have a Space Guitar for a ship. Actually, maybe he’s Boston’s cousin. None the less, only his love of the band’s chick is compelling enough for him to give chase after these dudes who totally rolled an entire planet and ganked their best band ever. This guy has some stones for sure.

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger

Okay aside from being like one of the most popular songs ever done by Daft Punk to even being stolen by Kanye West, made into a hand puppet show, and talked about a lot, this video doesn’t make much sense. I mean someone went to the trouble to design and build a machine that could:

  • Undress aliens with lasers
  • Do a body scan
  • Move them to another section to scan and alter memories
  • Move them to yet another section and paint them
  • Shower them and then scan them for clothing
  • Then dress them
  • Followed by moving to a different section to give them glasses
  • Which then takes the revamped band to scan again to alter their last video as humans not aliens
  • And then finally go through a complex slide system to a space car to meet their new manager

That’s basically a massive complex to do something so minor. I mean how much did this cost and what was the time invested? The logic behind all this baffles me.

Anyways, there are basically another 10 parts to make for 14 music videos or you can get the full movie which is basically a 68 minute continuous music video of which has not been seen again to my knowledge. I highly recommend you check it out, it’s a fine story to watch.

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See Crazy

Well been having a bit of a crazy week lately, so what better than to showcase a bunch of crazy zany music videos (like I have not done this enough in the past). So prepare for some bitter non-sense from these videos. I warn you don’t try to make sense of them as it may result in being hurt. If you are hurting, please turn away and seek the appropriate help I don’t need people dying due to my writing.

Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy

You know what, this video drives me crazy. Forget the chick, what the hell is really going on here? It’s full of things that don’t make sense to me, a plethora of things that do things. But it gets worse! This won MTVs best video in 1989 and the lead singer was in People 50 most beautiful people. I shit you not.

The Offspring – Pretty Fly (for a white guy)

This is a crazy video just because a lot of what happens would never happen in a logical universe such as ours. I guess that’s the point, but it’s a little too much. I mean the minute the dude left his house he’d be jacked by some thug on the street or a 14-year-old, whom ever he had the misfortune of running into first. But videos can get much worse.

LMFAO – Sexy and I know it

More so inappropriate than crazy, but after 141 million hits, I call society crazy. And probably the fact you can’t look away means you’re crazy too. Excuse me I need to gouge my eyes out now.

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrists

Remember this way back in high school and the hype that a lot of my friends put into it. This video was the tits for them and I’m pretty sure they were all crazy. However, this is a pretty cool literal video which lots of people don’t pull off well, but the director did a nice job doing it. Everything is included and the setting and design is perfect. I still think I’m going to need a psychiatrist however.

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This is something brewing for a few weeks now. Actually have to give a big shout out to the Angry Zen Master because I’m basically forgoing being original and nabbing a lot of what he’s been posting up on his site. So kudos to him for doing the heavy listing for my lazy ass.

Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci

This was something I saw in passing before AZM went into more detail about it. Personally I found the video a bit interesting yet more so irritating in the end. Far as I am concerned, the video just has this typical fowl mouthed woman who with her hipster friends tries to gain attention. And it’s funny her co-conspirator in the White Girl Mob thinks it cool to drop the N-bomb. Original posting can be found here, and its follow-up.

Roll Deep – When I’m ‘Ere

Slick, very slick. It has great transitions all through out the video. This is what you can get when you put a bit of thought and proper direction into your videos. There’s nothing I would want to see changed about this video and more people should follow this lead. When a video is done great like this you can see the people having fun and wanting it to be a great video. As the AZM said;

Alright, enough bullshit about crap rappers. This is an old track, but ‘ere’s Roll Deep with “When I’m ‘Ere.” Right proper, fam!

KRS-One – Just Like That

KRS-One is a hip-hop star going back years to the mid 80s. He’s pretty much has been there since the start of Hip-Hop’s break up. However, I’m going to call him out on this video and the over use of 9/11 imagery. It’s been over a decade, but I don’t think you need to have that in your green screen rap video. The Zen Master gives a pretty good break down of his feelings on this vs people like Kreayshawn.

 

 

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Today is Remembrance day and you should remember all those who have strapped on some boots to shove them in the faces of the overly wrong-headed who felt the best way to get along with people was to kill them. And this keeps happening. But putting the hate aside, there are some people in the music world who have passed and they should be remembered too for fighting for the music they love.

Tupac (2pac) – Changes

Probably one of the more prolific dead rap artists. He was smart, cool and knew where he came from and wanted to go. As things go, he’s better remembered for having died than what he did in life and it’s sad to see how he’s marketed as a commodity rather than a person with ideas. But listening to this, there’s a lot that can be learned about the man who lived.

The Notorious B.I.G – Big Poppa

Now this was the East coast warrior in during the mid 90s rap battling between the West and East coasts. Biggie and Tupac had some beef over the years during this rough time and in 96 when Tupac died, people thought Biggie may have had something to do with it ect, but then the following year Biggie was dead himself. The most mysterious part about all this was to this day, no one knows who killed either of them. However, P-diddy still succeeds biggie and carries on the legend.

Heavy D & The Boyz – The Overweight Lovers in the House

This one is actually a recent death. Apparently Mr. D collapsed and died. No murder, nothing to indicate he was having problems. I really don’t know much about Heavy D, but he’s got a good sound to him and I’m sure growing up I listed to him in passing.

Jacksoul – Can’t Stop

Haydain Neale’s death was one that quite tragic as he had quite a rough time after rising to his Canadian and international fame. His first incident was a traffic crash that put him in a coma for quite a while and he took a while to recover and tragically in 2009 died of lung cancer on the verge of  releasing a new studio album.

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Holy Crap! It’s been 52 postings of this! That’s insane that I’ve been diligent in keeping up something weekly with all the craziness that happens on a weekly basis for me. Well, to celebrate its time for a bit of a clip show of past entries. Lets go!

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Ah Dave Grohl and band, how you always think outside of the box when you go to make music videos.

And with that I got the ball rolling. The video that would inspire another 52 postings going forward. Still love the video and the song. Ranks way up there with what I feel is the best of the best of the best of the best videos you’ll ever see created.

Justice – DVNO

Speaking of 80s throwbacks, I really wish I had found this one sooner. I’m absolutely in love with homage they pay to 80s flashy logos. This is an example of being creative in reproducing things that are old. They didn’t force the lyrics onto replica logos, but found the most natural way to portray them in conjunction with the lyrics of the song and at a good pace that nothing lingers too long. Only after listening to the song for a year did I notice the song was lacking in any lyrical diversity. And the creative team behind this used that to maximum effect and you get this great video for Justice.

I actually found the song irritating for the longest time since I was passively listening to it, but since then, I’ve changed my attitude and DVNO is an awesome track.

Bangs – Take you to the Movie

I didn’t just stumble across this accidentally. Like most crap I’m exposed to, a friend had shown it to me while under the influences of many ounces of alcohol. Even sober this is actually kind of awesome, and even more so semi or fully drunk. You wouldn’t know it, but by now I bet this dude is taking all the ladies to the movies, and they’re all digging to get to his bottom of his popcorn bucket in the middle of his lap now. Bangs, hats off brother.

Bangs, where ever you are, keep doing what you’re doing. 4 lyfe man.

3OH!3 – Holler Till You Pass Out

3OH!3 was awesome and this is living proof off that point. I mean now that they’re paired with the likes of Ke$ha and that kind of mainstream bullshit they suck and look all professional and too clean for their dirty ass roots. I mean this looks like it was some joke or college project, but like a year after I saw this I got the chance to see them on tour and they put on a good show. Like I’m sure if you didn’t see this video before you saw them recently you’d probably be confused where as I am ashamed. If they went back to this then everything would be super groovy.

As much as I do think they’re shit now for selling out to the wrong peeps, this for me will for ever be the true 3OH!3.

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

Oh you sly 80s broody music video, with your fancy electronic graphic effects and severely depressed lead singers. Yeah I imagine that those West End Girls are tough and mean, but since you feature none of them in your broody walk in broody glum London East side, I don’t have much to go on. But what do I fully know. Perhaps that West End Girl smashed your East Side Boy’s heart into little pieces. Chump. Next time stay central. Fun Fact: This video lost MTVs Best New Artist to the less broody a-ha’s Take on Me.

I’m sort of haunted by this song now that I’ve posted it up. Every once in a while I am reminded of it and it plays back in my mind. I guess the only way to solve the problem is KILL IT WITH FIRE.

Mushy Callahan – Burn

This is a live video filmed while the up and coming Mushy Callahan records their first album. As a disclaimer, I’m good friends with one of the band members, so if this is bias, then you can kindly click away and gtfo. Sure it’s a band playing for a music video, but they’re small time right now, and I’m sure things are going to get better. But that said The Factory does a damn good job on filming, editing and making this little intimate video of the band in action. CD is releasing soon, so get stoked if you live in the GTA and love good music.

Bit more promo here as they just released their EP last night and I was there, camera in hand. I have some video but haven’t really gone into it yet. And I have as boat load of pictures to be sorting through. More info is on their webspace.

I could bring up so many other postings, but that might take from the magic of it all. It’s been a good year and a worthwhile project which I intend to maintain as long as I am able to. There’s so much that happens in the music world to keep me busy posting up the best, the worst, the weird, the interesting, the lame and the loveable of music videos.

Thanks to everyone who visits and keep checking back every Friday.

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