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The New Weird in Music Videos (Part 1)

I started wondering last night, how many people pause to think of music videos as a medium for weird fiction. And I made a list of videos that I think do weird very well. I'm going to post one a night (until I get tired of doing it), starting with Placebo's "Pure Morning":

Discussion welcome. Suggestions also welcome.


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Aug. 12th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I'd never seen the video for this til now. Thanks.

And I'd hazard that damned near anything Chris Cunningham directs counts, though the one that intrigues me the most in a story sense is Portishead's 'Only You'. Seems like YouTube isn't allowed to host it, unfortunately.
Aug. 12th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm going to post one a night (until I get tired of doing it), starting with Placebo's "Pure Morning"

I love that song; I'd never seen the video for it. Thank you.

(I will return with suggestions if I have them: I don't traditionally watch a lot of music videos. Although I was recently shown two by Michel Gondry—Björk's "Bachelorette" and the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be"—on which grounds I might volunteer him in general.)

Edited at 2010-08-12 01:12 am (UTC)
Aug. 12th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think many of Bjork's would qualify, for sure.
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. Love this idea!
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
"Jey kids! It's Spider-Man!"
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Pretty much any of the older videos from the band, Tool would constitute a "medium for weird fiction". I'm thinking clips of the songs "Sober" or "Prison Sex".
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Ooh, definitely; I love Tool. My son, who is now 26, used to be terrified of those Tool music vids when he was young, ha.
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Aug. 12th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Tool's a good point, because one of them is so gifted at animation (having worked for Spielberg when Maynard was still making pizza, etc.).
Aug. 12th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh man, this is going to be great. You have inestimable taste.

Aug. 12th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
I was always in love with Placebo, well before this video--but the shared SFnal or speculative sensibility of the video shows another way that what they do and what I believe in involve common ground. I loved Radiohead before the people were sobbing on the sidewalk and REM before the cars came to a stop, but I find it comforting that the music somehow led, years later, to visual stories that also work for me. One of the SF-themed bands that is often overlooked is Duran Duran. Simon LeBon is quite a fan of William S. Burroughs, the Cyberpunks and Haruki Murakami. Oh...and what about "Epilepsy is Dancing" by Antony and the Johnsons (directed by the Wachowskis!), the twisted noir of Depeche Mode's "Wrong," "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin, Bjork (almost anything) and, just push it a little, Chris Cunningham again with The Horrors' "Sheena is a Parasite" (with Samantha Morton)... I could keep typing this forever. RA RA RA AH AH AH, ROMA RO MA MA, GAGA OOH LA LA.
Aug. 12th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
I was almost afraid to acknowledge my 80s music roots, but I thought of Duran Duran also. "Night Boat" is a great horror story.
Aug. 12th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thinking back, Asia's "Don't Cry" was fun as well.
Aug. 12th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
This video is great.

I used to watch music videos compulsively when I was younger and had more time (and a television set). It's hard to remember a particular one right now.
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
"One more thing: Most readers do not want to read books that are, to put it bluntly, smarter than they are."

I've been out of the loop for awhile, and recently read this. Please do not assume this as fact. Just because critics (notoriously small minded people) and other sundry readers might have this thought process does not mean informed and loyal readers do. In point: Your classification of animals by genus/species is way out of my knowledge level, so you know what, I LOOK IT UP! I am sooo tired of the garbage on bookshelves lately which can very easily be summarily thrown in a bin labeled "Stupid". I spent 45 minutes in B&N yesterday talking to a 75 year old man about the paltry fare of good books and the overall idiocy (sp?) of most of the writers. I, an probably we, read your work because it is intelligent. The same problems exist in movies. Gore is not horror, CGI is not action, melodrama is not acting. They are all the the sum total of a lack of true effort. Lovecraft, Howard, Kiernan, these writers make us smarter. Please don't start thinking readers want to read at or below their mental level, I'd hate to leave your books on the shelf too. =(
Aug. 12th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Nonononono
I love when she talks about different periods and ages and what what rock formation means...etc. I do the same I look it up (sometimes more than once...)

Not sure she could stop being this way, not that I'm assuming I know anything for sure. However, I agree many readers are drawn by the high intellectual level of the work. I hope it just keeps getting deeper. It makes me cerebrally salivate to read CRK's work.
Aug. 12th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've always been fond of animated videos - Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer video comes to mind as a particularly fun one. More recently, Coldplay's video for Strawberry Swing was fascinating to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYtk1Z0UUuE
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this video! I'd never heard them and the video is brilliant!
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