Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sabotage

I love music videos. I hate that MTV is never showing them (especially classic ones), but I guess now we have youtube and other websites to compensate.
Music videos are awesome. Usually the themes of the song are presented in a different manner, and its cool to see the band members either playing their instruments or participating in the story of the video. I think its cool how they can range from a concert style video to a bizarre fictional story.
Several music videos stand out as my favorites. I can remember seeing them since I was a little kid, although we didn't have MTV or VH1 until I was in high school.
I think the Beastie Boys music videos are my favorites, I like their music and the videos are usually pretty hilarious. Sabotage and Intergalactic are two that I remember in particular. The videos are great because the members play ridiculous characters and act out dramatic (and hilarious) scenes. I love the "low-budget" look of the effects and how they overcompensate with elaborate costumes. In Sabotage, the lyrics are a little paranoid sounding but when paired with the video it becomes comical and a great backdrop for the detective drama of the video.
I love this video because I love Van Halen. It's also an awesome edgy song and video with beautiful women. Van Halen took the ol' "boy in love with his attractive teacher" theme and turned it into a video that plays out every 12 year old boy's fantasy. Sure its immature but you can't help but laugh and relate (as a dude). Although I enjoy the provocative imagery of the video, my favorite part is when Eddie is playing his solo while walking down the table.
I remember seeing Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" video when I was young. It scared the crap out of me but I was fascinated with the creepy imagery. The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" is another awesome video from that era, although I didn't see it until I was much older.

1 comment:

Copper_Ca$h001 said...

Very interesting comparisons. I think Intergalactic is classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qORYO0atB6g