Music Videos

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  1. WickedLiquid

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    In the 80's there was this cultural phenomenon in the music industry. What better way to sell music then to turn your songs into commercials and pass them off as "videos"? The results were more than impressive as kids ate up this new medium and viola! Music Videos!

    For me, when it comes down to music videos there really are only two categories; the 80's and the 90's. There are some rare exceptions within the past 13 years but once the internet became a power house in the new millennium music videos sat on the back burner.

    This was for obvious reasons: The music industry was no longer making as much money due to downloading. A music video in the 90's by Michael Jackson (before his shit hit the fan) or Madonna would have a multi-million dollar budget. Today it's rare to hit 100K on a video despite the fact our video quality has greatly improved.

    So what were some of your favorite music videos? I really have to look at the 90's when thinking of my favorites. Sure, nothing will ever top Thriller, but I grew up in the 90's and that's the decade that speaks to me the most.

    In no particular order I'll list some off...

    Intergalactic - Beastie Boys

    Ahhhh, the Beastie Boys. You can't talk about music videos and not mention the Beastie Boys! Is there anyone out there who says they passionately hate Beastie Boys? If so then in the words of Buzz Lightyear, "you are a sad strange little man, and you have my pity." Even if you never thought twice about buying a Beastie Boys album, you still didn't hate em! Right? ......right???

    So why Intergalactic? Well, it is a hard choice, there are so many great videos to choose from. But running around Tokyo while a giant robot does battle? Count me in! Also let's not forget this was one of many videos directed by MCA. RIP man...

    Just - Radiohead

    Radiohead is one of those bands you either love or hate. Erm, or hated then loved or just love to hate. Regardless the band definitely dives into the bizarre, and when it came to music videos in the 90's, the weirder they were the better. If you've never seen this video please watch it! Then read the rest of what I have to say...

    The first time I saw this video I was literally at the edge of my seat trying to figure out WTF was going on. Then when it ended I kinda just sat there in disbelief and wonder. Once the internet hit the mainstream I saw people were analysing the fuck out of this video like it was the ending to The Shinning.But I think the mystery behind it is what makes it so damn cool.

    Freak on a Leash - Korn

    Korn? Really? Yes really. It's best music videos not best bands. But ok, I'll admit I was down with Korn in the 90's. And this video was awesome. You get Todd McFarlane to animate your video and at the time he was HUGE. People still like Spawn today but in 1998 Spawn had it's own show on HBO and it was fucking insane. Not only was the animation cool but there was bullet time... BEFORE The Matrix.

    Jeremy - Pearl Jam

    You can't talk about the 90's without a little grunge. And IMO Jeremy was just one of those videos from the grunge era that really hits you. While Nirvana were using cheap props and having fun, Soundgarden dove into creepiness, and Alice in Chains were doing both, Pearl Jam made a video about something that mattered.

    Sure the story of a school shooting has been done to death by todays standards but back in 1991 it was still a very controversial and touchy subject. In a way it is painful to see that in over 20 years we haven't changed and there are still school shootings. But if it sparks debate then the video is doing its job.

    Around the World - Daft Punk

    I'm not one for dance numbers but the idea behind the video was so clever that it has always stuck in my mind. The concept is simple; each dance is a visual representation of the song and it all begins to flow into one choreographed piece. Directed by Michel Gondry, he worked on a ton of music videos and you can tell from his later films he always had a flare for the whimsical and the surreal. This video is no different and does a great job at bringing the song to life.

    Tonight Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins

    The Smashing Pumpkins... Love em or hate em it just wouldn't be the 90's without em. They were an MTV favourite in a time when grunge was fading out. And amongst the Pumpkins craze was their video for Tonight Tonight. Inspired by and a homage to the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, this music video is every film geek's secert love. A Trip to the Moon is considered by most to be the very first sci-fi movie and is the beginning of fantasy and wonder in film.

    Of course I had never heard of A Trip to the Moon when I first saw this video, I was just a kid. It's a music video that got better with age, it made more sense with time and as I got older I understood why many appreciated it as a visual masterpiece.

    So yeah, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 90's.
    I talked a lot on this so rattle off some of your favourites!
  2. Paradox

    Paradox Soaring Phoenix

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    All those videos are awesome Wicked. Some I'd seen, some I haven't. Tonight, Tonight was my first introduction to the Pumpkins. I bought the two disc album it was on and it's one of the few CDs from my youth that I still own.

    Here's three of my favorite videos.

    Sonne - Rammstein
    Just about all of Rammstein's videos are awesome, but this one always sticks out the most to me. A twisted version of Snow White where the dwarves mine gold for Snow to snort like coke. I love it.

    Buddy Holly - Weezer
    I love how it's done as Happy Days. And deep down, I've always wished I could dance like the Fonz.

    One - Metallica
    This was the first video I remember that kept me thinking after it was over. Not about the music, but the subject matter. As a preteen, that was some heavy shit to ponder.
  3. NickKmet

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    I really like their video for "Turn The Page" for the same reason. Pretty depressing subject matter. I was never a big fan of Metallica when I was younger - I just didn't like that kind of metal. But I really liked their cover album (funny, because it's so different from the rest of their stuff), and this was one of my favorite songs in high school.
  4. C_nate

    C_nate Rookie

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    I used to love videos from the 90's as well. So much weird shit. Remember the video for 3 little pigs by green jelly? I used to think it was pretty hilarious when I was younger.

    How about Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe by Whale:

    Or there was those videos by Tool that was so damn strange and creepy but so amazing as well


    Prison Sex

    One of my favorite videos of all times was Peaches by the Presidents of the United States of America: LOOKOUT!

    But when it comes to the big budget epic type videos you were talking about, to me nothing holds a candle to the Guns n Roses Trilogy of videos. They all tied together and there used to be talk of making a full length feature film out of them. It never happened but it felt like you were watching a mini movie when you watched the videos anyway. First was Don't Cry:

    Then came November Rain:

    And ended with Estranged:

    I remember reading somewhere at some time that they were the most expensive music videos ever made. Don't know if it still is the case or not but pretty amazing videos.
  5. used44

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    Ugggh, we had to read 'Johnny Got His Gun" in my high school literature class. I hate being reminded of that stupid book.
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  8. UrbanMasque

    UrbanMasque Everyone Wears a Mask

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    Linkin Park - Crawling

    System of a Down - Chop Seuy ... GCoFdOZFdQ

    This shit used to get my pumped before kickoffs. 90 exactly 90's though.

    Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop [This song was a classic around my way when I was growing up]

    Wu Tang Clan - Triumph

    Eminem - My name is

    Thievery Corp - The Time We Lost Our Way

    Also, I used to watch a TTTTONNNN of AMVs in college. One of my favorites -

    [FLCL] Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
  9. Longo_2_guns

    Longo_2_guns Forum Moderator
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  10. Paradox

    Paradox Soaring Phoenix

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    My Girlfriend's Girlfriend - Type O Negative
    Giggity. The name of the song tells you exactly what to expect. Man, I really miss this band.

    Mutter - Rammstein
    Sad, but powerful song. And the video involves time travel, I think?

    Complete History of the Soviet Union - Pig with the Face of a Boy
    This was posted in the old awesome things topic a while back. This song is brilliant, especially with the overall Tetris theme.
  11. Lien

    Lien Rookie

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    January 20th 1992

    Awww yeah. Sure that song was EVERYWHERE on the radio back in the day. But that and the video is still awesome to this day.

    Anyway, my list:

    The Roots - "The Fire"
    Not only is this one of the greatest song of the 21th century from the greatest band ever, but the music video is equally awesome. It involves soldiers forcing the recruitment of country folks into a forced march for the sake of a rock. It has execution, cannibalism and a little revenge scheme. Did i mention the video is less then 5 mins?

    MGMT - "Kids"
    Aye the song is alright and all, i mean it's not the best MGMT music but OH MY GOD WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THIS VIDEO! JESUS!

    Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Californication"
    A little too much weed, a little too much GTA in one night, a script paper and Red Hot chili pepper in the writer's earphone. The result? One of the greatest music video of the late 90's.

    Daft Punk - "Derezzed"
    It's daft punk meets tron meets joust meets awesome. What more can i say?

    Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    What? I ain't cheating! This is like THE video of my youth! THE video of the 90's! Back when guys didn't wear deodorant and huh... girls didn't shave? Look it was a different time... And that janitor rocks!
  12. Chris_Crime

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