Saturday, December 21, 2013

Music video marathon, 12/16 - 12/18


Between December 16 - 18, I viewed seventy-nine music videos based on three lists (Time, Rolling Stone, Billboard), favorite songs on my #iPodAlbumPlaylist, and a few random selections I wanted to watched. Here they all are, with a screen-captured image and personal epigram. Visit my #WatchlistScreenCaps archive for more arresting images.

Links are to the online music videos, so you can watch them yourself. Enjoy.

"My God! What have I done!"
Once in a Lifetime (1980), dir. Toni Basil, David Byrne
viewed December 16, 2013

Mr. T, mid-morph
Cry (1985), dir. Godley & Creme
viewed December 16, 2013

Even after emerging from the comic book, she never pays her bill
Take On Me (1985), dir. Steve Barron
viewed December 16, 2013

Honey, I Shrunk the Carroll
Don't Come Around Here No More (1985), dir. Jeff Stein
viewed December 16, 2013

Tear down this wall!
Walk This Way (1986), dir. Jon Small
viewed December 16, 2013

Bad Maria as Big Brother
Express Yourself (1989), dir. David Fincher
viewed December 16, 2013

Her face carries the video; no need for arty inserts
Nothing Compares 2 U (1990), dir. John Maybury
viewed December 16, 2013
Still-death
Closer (1994), dir. Mark Romanek
viewed December 16, 2013

Like every home movie action film I made as a kid, right down to spliced-in explosions
Sabotage (1994), dir. Spike Jonze
viewed December 16, 2013

Kitschy nostalgia for kitschy nostalgia
Buddy Holly (1994), dir. Spike Jonze
viewed December 16, 2013

The grotesque leaks into the chic
Virtual Insanity (1997), dir. Jonathan Glazer
viewed December 16, 2013

Blink and you'll miss the glasses pulsating (or Puff Daddy, for that matter)
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) (1997), dir. Hype Williams
viewed December 16, 2013

The demons urge her take a bite
This is Hardcore (1998), dir. Doug Nichol
viewed December 16, 2013

Who knew Kick the Can was a blood sport?
Coffee & TV (1999), dir. Hammer & Tongs
viewed December 16, 2013

Programmed for pleasure and therefore pain
All is Full of Love (1999), dir. Chris Cunningham
viewed December 16, 2013

Dames dance into the digital age
Let Forever Be (1999), dir. Michel Gondry
viewed December 16, 2013

Great things have small beginnings
Praise You (1999), dir. Spike Jonze
viewed December 16, 2013

Interesting use of offscreen space
Untitled (How Does It Feel) (2000), dir. Paul Hunter
viewed December 16, 2013

Who knew?
Weapon of Choice (2001), dir. Spike Jonze
viewed December 16, 2013

"You are someone else/I am still here"
Hurt (2003), dir. Mark Romanek
viewed December 16, 2013

They are traveling light
The Hardest Button to Button (2003), dir. Michel Gondry
viewed December 16, 2013

Through the doorway, and what she found there (will have to wait for another day)
Going On (2008), dir. Wendy Morgan
viewed December 16, 2013

Just try and put a ring on this
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) (2008), dir. Jake Nava
viewed December 16, 2013

He may need a cigarette too
Bad Romance (2009), dir. Francis Lawrence
viewed December 16, 2013

This bird has flown (so I lit the fire)
Runaway (2010), dir. Kanye West
viewed December 16, 2013

Into the belly of the wicked wolf
Jeremy (1992), dir. Mark Pellington
viewed December 17, 2013

Mere minutes before the anti-rapture
Black Hole Sun (1994), dir. Howard Greenhalgh
viewed December 17, 2013

The Tenacious Dopes get nabbed
Learn to Fly (1999), dir. Jesse Peretz
viewed December 17, 2013

The Church of Slash
November Rain (1992), dir. Andy Morahan
viewed December 17, 2013

Well, it doesn't smell like Old Spice
Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991), dir. Samuel Bayer
viewed December 17, 2013

X marks the beat
Rhythm Nation (1989), dir. Dominic Sena
viewed December 17, 2013

Meet the Police
Every Breath You Take (1983), dir. Godley & Creme
viewed December 17, 2013

Primal scream
Hungry Like the Wolf (1983), dir. Russell Mulcahy
viewed December 17, 2013

Sitting by the sea of doves' tears
When Doves Cry (1984), dir. Prince
viewed December 17, 2013

Cyndi Lauper takes a page from A Night at the Opera
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1983), dir. Ed Griles
viewed December 17, 2013

Madonna makes her confession (sort of)
Like a Prayer (1989), dir. Mary Lambert
viewed December 17, 2013

The other Waterworld of 1995
Waterfalls (1995), dir. F. Gary Gray
viewed December 17, 2013

The beginning, actually
My Name Is (1999), dir. Phillip Atwell
viewed December 17, 2013

Graphic novel meets its graphic demise
Freak on a Leash (1999), dir. Todd McFarlane
viewed December 17, 2013

Doesn't mention Veronica Lake in litany of stars, but looks like she's channeling her here
Vogue (1990), dir. David Fincher
viewed December 17, 2013

A message from his little sister
Scream (1995), dir. Mark Romanek
viewed December 17, 2013

The roller coaster career started with a schoolgirl's daydream
...Baby One More Time (1998), dir. Nigel Dick
viewed December 17, 2013

Can't keep your eyes on the road when you're jammin'
Get Ur Freak On (2001), dir. Dave Meyers
viewed December 17, 2013

The design concept of this video is so cool
Californication (2000), dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
viewed December 17, 2013

Never actually knew what the lyric said till I saw this video
Firework (2010), dir. Dave Meyers
viewed December 17, 2013

"And Dr. Dre said...nothing you idiots, Dr. Dre's dead, he's locked in my basement!"
The Real Slim Shady (2000), dir. Phillip Atwell, Dr. Dre
viewed December 17, 2013

Prison chic
Disturbia (2008), dir. Anthony Mandler, Rihanna
viewed December 17, 2013

Making his last appearance for a fellow late legend
You Rock My World (2001), dir. Paul Hunter
viewed December 17, 2013

These wedding guests were using Brand X. But now, with Smilex... 
I Write Sins Not Tragedies (2006), dir. Shane Drake
viewed December 17, 2013

Playing Poison Ivy
Toxic (2004), dir. Joseph Kahn
viewed December 17, 2013

The "things are gonna get easier" refrain sounds both wistful & determined
Keep Ya Head Up (1993), dir. Dave Dobkin
viewed December 17, 2013

I need a fix 'cause I'm goin' down...
Come As You Are (1992), dir. Kevin Kerslake
viewed December 17, 2013

Inhaling with eager anticipation
Give It To Me Baby (1981), dir. Nick Saxton
viewed December 17, 2013

The monsters under his bed are real...
Enter Sandman (1991), dir. Wayne Isham
viewed December 17, 2013

Videos may have been the last recourse for black & white after the 70s
Louise (1984), dir. Steve Barron
viewed December 17, 2013

Radiohead definitely dig burning cars
High and Dry (1995), dir. Paul Cunningham
viewed December 17, 2013

Preparing to pierce the vanishing point
Kowalski (1997), dir. Steve Hanft
viewed December 17, 2013

Wonderful how simultaneously literal & random this video is
Whip It (1981), prod. Gerald Casale
viewed December 17, 2013

A future multitasker
Killing Me Softly (1995), dir. Aswad Ayinde
viewed December 17, 2013

City humming in the near distance as the path lights up below
Billie Jean (1982), dir. Steve Barron
viewed December 17, 2013

Free Mandela
Man in the Mirror (1988), dir. Don Wilson
viewed December 17, 2013

Summer single in spirit, but released in dead of winter
Heart of Glass (1979), dir. Stanley Dorfman
viewed December 18, 2013

Say hello to the dentist
Army of Me (1995), dir. Michel Gondry
viewed December 18, 2013

So says ODB
Brooklyn Zoo (1995), dir. Diane Martell
viewed December 18, 2013

Harassing the cops right back
Straight Outta Compton (1988), dir. Rupert Wainwright
viewed December 18, 2013

Will rubbing his head give him good luck too?
Passing Me By (1993), dir. Sanji Senaka
viewed December 18, 2013

As desperate but not yet as threatening as "Every Breath You Take"
Can't Stand Losing You (1978), dir. Derek Burbidge
viewed December 18, 2013

Like silhouettes from The Nightmare Before Christmas
In the Closet (1992), dir. Herb Ritts
viewed December 18, 2013

"And the morning lasted all day, all day..."
Life in a Northern Town (1985), dir. Tim Pope
viewed December 18, 2013

Deeply passionate, easily bored
You Know I'm No Good (2006), dir. Phil Griffin
viewed December 18, 2013

Wearing wings of laser
Rock With You (1979), dir. Bruce Gowers
viewed December 18, 2013

Gliding across an oasis of sky
Supersonic (1994), dir. Mark Szasky
viewed December 18, 2013

Sharing a microphone but Mick gets two
Miss You (1978), dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg
viewed December 18, 2013

Game, set, but not yet match
Karma Police (1997), dir. Jonathan Glazer
viewed December 18, 2013

Son, someday all this will be yours...if we aren't all dead yet, of course
Do the Evolution (1998), dir. Todd McFarlane
viewed December 18, 2013

Nostalgia for the time they thought they couldn't wait to leave
1979 (1996), dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
viewed December 18, 2013

How often do stars of movie appear in accompanying video? It helps make this one.
Gangsta's Paradise (1995), dir. Antoine Fuqua
viewed December 18, 2013

The old soldier fades away
Tha Crossroads (1996), dir. Michael Martin
viewed December 18, 2013

2 comments :

moviemotorbreath said...

Do the Evolution is actually directed by Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, not Seth. I didn't even check that, I just know this is Todd's animation style rather than Seth's.

Jeremy is still a song that tears at my soul. I got a standing ovation once for performing that song solo with an acoustic in my Rock Band class final project. It's just one of the songs that speaks to me most, if not THE song.

Joel Bocko said...

Haha, it didn't even occur to me I was writing the Family Guy creator's name in there! I meant Todd.

Both the Pearl Jam videos really caught my attention when I first saw them in the late 90s (I wasn't watching MTV when Jeremy and a lot of the others here first aired; I didn't become a viewer until jr. high which '95 - '98 for me). Do the Evolution in particular I stumbled across once when it was in rotation and remember it left a deep impression.