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One of the staples of  the music industry is a different band singing a song from another, aka the Cover. Not to be confused with what happens in Rap/Hip-Hop which is the sampling, aka borderline theft. That aside, one of your best bets to making it big is to take an old popular song and do it your way to be popular too. I mean YouTube is full of shitty up and comers doing a cover or someone’s music. But here are some you may not know so well.

Orgy – Blue Monday (Originator: New World Order)

The year, 1999. The mood, CYBER PUNK/GOTH/FREAK. The band to bring us this in a dawning Millennium, Orgy. I mean the song is so dark, and they’re totally dark too. No one is going to tell them what to do man, they’re not some prissy boy band like N’SYNC or Back Street Boys. And they’re totally not as creepy as Merilyn Manson. Really  not much to this, the band is just being fucked with and they keep showing how fashionable they are by changing cloths. Surprisingly this video got a lot of props, but not surprising given the time culturally.

A1 – Take On Me (Originator: A-Ha)

Nice work A1, you certainly have set yourself well apart from the pack with this music video and cover. I mean, take one of the top iconic songs of the 80s and add a boy band, bad synth and awful manual returning of the vocals and BAM! You have the formula for a bad music video that involves 95% crappy blue screen. I’ve posted the original A-Ha video before, but here it is again for comparison.

See, that’s something that wins awards. That’s something that’s far from a Sony Ad and stealing left and right of anything which people would call cyber space. No need to rip off The Matrix and Tron, no reason to make me want to puke. Actually I did because this was really popular in Europe for reasons forever unknown.

Jay-Z – Forever Young (Originator: Alphaville)

Remember what I said in the intro? Well here’s the proof. Lets use 80% of the song and just add new verses. This isn’t so much a cover, but a Hip-hop re-imagining. Can’t say I ever expect much when the Z wants to do a song his way. The video for itself? Totally representing everything proud and American just like Alphaville. (Who just happen to be a German band) None the less, have some chuckles at the original video which is pretty much Post-Apocalyptic Renaissance.

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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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Here's FRIDAY!

Hey look is that Friday the 13th? And no less in the first month of 2012 as well! How spooky and ominous. I guess the world does have a good shot at ending. Or you know, starting a new calendar when the old one expires. Anyways, moving on to some more rational things, lets irrationally look at some random music videos. Hurray!

 

The Ramones – I wanna be Sedated

Just a bit on the weird side of things with this one. I mean there you have the Ramones just chilling and all this insanity is happening around them. Well actually they’re moving slow and everything else is going normal speed and they pressed fast forward for the final cut. But it’s a simple video, as the 80s were simple times for everyone.

The Pillows – Another Morning

Don’t ask me aboot the lyrics / meaning / anything because all I really know about the pillows is that they basically did the entire soundtrack for the FLCL anime movie. And it was done damn well. If it’s weird, well remember they’re a mid 90s punk rock band out of Japan. What’s cool is the shout out to Peanuts being incorporated into the music.

Wamdue Project – King of my Castle

Speaking of which, here’s what’s basically an MTV throwback to 1998/99 which is like an official mainstream Anime Music Video that made it on to TV and the history books. The footage is taken from the world-famous anime movie Ghost in the Shell (which recently got a makeover), but which was still having it’s cool buzz due to the increasing rise of anime in north America over all. Plus I mean it’s got guns and shooting, and stuff. This video rocks!

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Still Uncool

So occasionally it turns out some bands hire a good director and a good idea is formed to turn a bunch of your tracks into a mini series of music videos. Daft Punk did this with their Discovery album which pumped out the movie Interstella 5555 and it was really good, however a bit disjointed because really most people just saw their One More Time video and forgot about the rest. But this isn’t about Daft Punk, this is about Mr. F Durst and his mini series with Limp Bizkit.

 

Limp Bizkit – Nookie

Man, Limp Biz is so hardcore! Went for that typical Nu Metal video where you have your stage built somewhere in the city and it gets surrounded by fans. Even better is the idea that Fred Durst can walk down any given neighbourhood and be followed by women. But the video ends well because his ass gets thrown into a car by the fuzz and it’s off to Federal Pound me in the Ass Prison…

Limp Bizkit – Re-Arranged

Yay! They’re in Federal Pound me in the Ass Prison, which is apparently not a bad place to be since everyone gets to keep their instruments in their cells and play music together. Man the Prison system is too good to these guys for all their crimes against the music industry. Apparently the band felt prosecuted for what happened at Woodstock ’99 which basically no one remembers or cares about anymore (or at the time). So how do you get rid of them, death by milk drowning while they get to play their instruments. How artistic!

Limp Bizkit – N 2 Gether Now (ft. Method Man)

And to cap things off they drag the great Method Man (of the Wu-Tang Clan) into the mix. Poor MM, having to dress-up like Fred Durst and then having to put up with his game cheating non-sense to boot. Even thought it’s all bullshit Method Man seems to make the most fun of things even with this video pulling out Pauly Shore of all people to have a terrible cameo. Thankfully this shit is over and Limp Biz never did another video series again, however for the most part of all their other videos, they got as many celebrities to do cameos because MTV said they had to.

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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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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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