All posts filed under: Music Videos

Rock My World (Music Video, 2001)

  Schmaltzy. Pastiche. Perfection. Such is the state of the delightful film/video from the late and great Michael Jackson.   Perhaps one of my favorite songs by the controversial artist, the video is one extended homage to film noir that perhaps tips its hat into too obvious of a reference and yet can only be seen as refreshing for a generation raised on thinking films in black and white are old, and worse, boring.   But don’t let the references to the classic fool you. The homage is just a red herring. The real treat of the video is Jackson’s dance moves and the delightful movement of a camera filmed by a steady hand by director Paul Hunter.   The video is drenched in a golden hue that highlights the primary colors: blue, yellow, and red. It has a golden timbre that accentuates the shallowness of the subject matter–that being two men obsessing over a hot woman mixed up with gangsters.   And make no mistake, the video is all style and no substance, which …

Disurbed’s Beautiful Schlock Video “The Sound of Silence”

  Schlocky. Bold. Ugly. Self-indulgent. Perhaps operatic? Sincere? No… (maybe???) Beautiful! It breaks your heart while stroking a cynic’s heart strings. Disturbed is the band you’re embarrassed to say you like. They’re not real metal, not that hard. Kind of gay maybe? Idk bro, they’re pretty dope. What? Dope? Disturbed. Give me some death metal. Dude, I don’t know, that dude that can scream like an animal has a pretty great voice. Great? How? He’s kind of got an operatic baritone. And he can hit those high notes. Sweet vibrato that accentuates the high points of the song. That’s pretty good. Well, I don’t see it tho. What if he was screaming like a demon? Dude, it’s a technique. Like a distortion pedal on a guitar. Just saying tho, bro. That dude can sing. Do you even know the singer’s name? No, but damn if he isn’t pretty bald. I’d might fuck him. Gay bro. Yeah you’re right bro. I’m just fucking with you. But that video, man that shit is pretty powerful. Yeah, it’s …

Habits (Stay High) (music video, 2014)

  It’s weird–so many famous artists are singing about drugs and sex, and yet they aren’t glamorizing it, but rather giving a pretty scathing portrayal. There’s a great article over at Billboard.com that really goes into depth about the phenomena. Just to sum up, artists such as the Weeknd and Lana del Ray have been explicit about their use of them in their music but aren’t falling into the old rock n’ roll cliche of celebrating them. I for one welcome this change in attitudes that was so ingrained in the hippie and classic rock era. I’m not going to stand up at the pulpit and say “drugs are bad, m’kay,” but for god sake did music need to grow the fuck up. Which brings us to one of my favorite music videos in recent memory. Tove Lo is an interesting artist. She’s mostly known for this single, “Habits (Stay High)”, and her other hit “Talking Body”. What’s so engrossing about both songs is 1) How long they stay in my head after hearing them, and …

Apologize (music video, 2007)

  Band: One Republic Dir. ? One area of pop art that often goes uncritiqued is the music video, a genre that champions style and eschews narrative. Essentially, it’s video art combined with sound, often having very little in common with each other (although not enough is said about the symbiotic relationship between the two that can indeed exist when thought is put behind the execution). People may sit on their high horse and declare music videos are not art–which is foolish in that anything created is art–but I dare them to watch OneRepublic’s official music video for the original album track and much superior version of their breakthrough hit “Apologize”. First let’s address the complications about this song’s various music videos. From what I can tell, there’s three versions out there (I swear I’ve seen a fourth but apparently it has moved on to the hidden depths of YouTube.). They all have their small flourishes that set them apart, and I’m actually confused why the band enlisted a hip hop producer and chamber orchestration to cut two remixes when …