Pictures for Sound
I’m not usually a fantastic fan of music videos. For the most part they seem to be aimless films that more often than not have little more to do with the music than to perpetuate the theme that music artists are rich. I’ve seen enough bitches and cars videos in my time to become pretty jaded with the whole practice. I’m sure that the majority of the problem for me is that I have little way to get music videos on TV other than from 2 until 2:12 in the morning on MTV38.
Some videos do make me stop and take notice, though. What engages me can usually be summed up into two categories. A short story that relates to the theme or lyrics of the song, or something that is just plain cool and original (like the OK Go video I posted about a while ago).
An example of the story video would be M Ward’s “Chinese Translation”. This is a very literal representation of the lyrics, but I really like the style in which it is done. Radiohead videos tend to be classified here as well, though that could just be me overthinking things.
As far as just cool videos, examples from Tool, Beck, and Gnarls Barkley come to mind
Here’s a recent just cool video that caught my eye. It’s sort of in theme with Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon Of Choice”.
RJD2 – Work It Out
The performer is Bill Shannon.