The Music Video Mini-List

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#251 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:49 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Explains a lot, thanks
In case you're being sarcastic, your #1 is worth 0 points until someone else votes for it, at which point it's worth 25 points. Your #2 is worth 24, #3 23, etc.

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#252 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:52 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:41 pm
Same, although I'll confess to still being at a total loss re: how points are assigned in list projects - guessing even top-of-list orphans didn't accumulate enough points to be on this list?
For this list:
#1 = 25 points
[...]
#25 = 1 point

EDIT like swo said! Lousy page breaks

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#253 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:54 pm

swo17 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:49 pm
mfunk9786 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Explains a lot, thanks
In case you're being sarcastic, your #1 is worth 0 points until someone else votes for it, at which point it's worth 25 points. Your #2 is worth 24, #3 23, etc.
Wasn't being sarcastic at all! I knew what I was getting into submitting a list without much participation in the project itself - but now I know from a tabulation standpoint and this is very helpful, the "orphans aren't in the list" thing was not something I realized

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#254 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:00 pm

The rationale is that it's a forum consensus list, and if only one person voted for it there's no consensus. Also if it weren't for that, #36 on this list would be a giant tie between every #1 orphan

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#255 Post by zedz » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:08 pm

thirtyframesasecond wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Did you get my list zedz? I sent it Sunday and it shows as a sent message? Maybe you did but certainly my top few don't appear in this list? Doesn't matter really as I don't think I had a huge number of these.
Yes I did. Your top ten were all orphans, I believe!

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#256 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:11 pm

By my quick math, based on zedz' earlier remarks, the as of yet unposted Orphans list is at least three times the size of the actual list

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#257 Post by soundchaser » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:14 pm

Really pleasantly surprised at how high "Imitation of Life" placed, and at how many of my picks were on the final list.

Here's mine, (presumable) orphans highlighted.

1. REM - Imitation of Life
2. The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
3. HAIM - Want You Back
4. Michael Jackson - Thriller
5. OK Go - Here it Goes Again
6. A-Ha - Take on Me
7. Passion Pit - Carried Away
8. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don’t Give Up
9. Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
10. Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime

11. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
12. Weird Al Yankovic - Amish Paradise
13. Daft Punk - Around the World
14. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button to Button
15. Childish Gambino - This is America
16. Weezer - Buddy Holly
17. Grimes - Flesh without Blood
18. Lele Pons - Celoso
19.Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
20. They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul

21. REM - Low
22. OutKast - Hey Ya!
23. Chrysta Bell - Bird of Flames
24. Weird Al Yankovic - Don’t Download this Song

25. Kiesza - Hideaway

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#258 Post by zedz » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:17 pm

Two very unsurprising supplementary lists.

MOST POPULAR DIRECTORS
or
By what order of magnitude did Michel Gondry defeat the competition?

Just factoring in the qualifying votes (though I doubt that including the orphans would paint a different picture), eight directors gained multiple votes:

1. Michel Gondry (9 videos, 583 points)
2. Chris Cunningham (5 videos, 213 points)
3. Spike Jonze (5 videos, 122 points)
4. David Fincher (2 videos, 57 points)
5. Annabel Jankel & Rocky Morton (2 videos, 56 votes)
6. Jarvis Cocker (2 videos, 52 points)
7. Mark Romanek (2 videos, 48 points)
8. Dougal Wilson (2 videos, 35 points)


MOST VIDEOGENIC ARTISTS

The first list ranks the artists based on what videos made the final list; the second ranks them according to total votes, so it captures the ones who had multiple split votes.

MOST VIDEOGENIC ARTISTS FROM THE FINAL LIST

1. The Chemical Brothers (3 videos, 172 points)
2. Bjork (3 videos, 120 points)
3. Aphex Twin (3 videos, 93 points)
4. R.E.M. (2 videos, 152 points)
5. OK Go (2 videos, 83 points)

MOST VIDEOGENIC ARTISTS FROM THE TOTAL VOTE

1. The Chemical Brothers (5 videos)
2. Bjork (5 videos)
3. Madonna (5 videos)
4. The White Stripes (4 videos)
5. Fiona Apple (4 videos)
6. Pet Shop Boys (4 videos)
7. Aphex Twin (3 videos)
8. OK Go (3 videos)
9. Talking Heads (3 videos, + 1 Tom Tom Club video and 1 Byrne / Eno video)
10. Peter Gabriel (3 videos)
11. Massive Attack (3 videos)
12. Yo La Tengo (3 videos)
13. Missy Elliott (3 videos)
14. David Bowie (3 videos)
15. New Order (3 videos)

Orphans Roll Call, in alphabetical order (apologies for stupid Excel alphabetization) (nearly 200, domino - your maths is slightly off only because a couple of late individual list reshuffles rearranged the goalposts slightly) :

ABC POUR CASSER
ACID RAIN
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
ALI CLICK
ALL I NEED
ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID
AMANAEMONESIA
AMISH PARADISE
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
ANVIL
ATMOSPHERE
BEDTIME STORY
BEING BORING
BIKINI
BIRD OF FLAMES
BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL
BLACK HOLE SUN
BLEND
BLOOD IN MY EYES
BLUE MONDAY 88
BOB
BOY FROM SCHOOL
BOYS KEEP SWINGING
BREAKAWAY
BREAKING THE GIRL
BRILLIANT DISGUISE
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
CALL ME MAYBE
CANDY
CAN'T TELL ME NOTHING
CATALLENA
CHANDELIER
CHERRY
CLOSE TO ME
CLOSE YOUR EYES (AND COUNT TO FUCK)
COFFEE AND TV
COUNTDOWN
CRIME
CRIMINAL
CRUISER'S CREEK
DANCING IN THE DARK
DARKNESS AND COLD
DESENCHANTEE
DID YOU STEP ON MY TRUMPET?
DIVERS
DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS SONG
DON'T GIVE UP
DON'T YOU WANT ME
DOWN ON MY LUCK
DR MABUSE
DRIVE, SHE SAID
DVNO
E=MC2
ELEKTROBANK
EVERLONG
EVERY SINGLE THING
EXCALIBUR
EXPRESS YOURSELF
EYES WITHOUT A FACE
FADE
FALL UNDERNEATH
FASTLOVE
FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL
FLASHING LIGHTS
FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD
FORMIDABLE
FROM A MOTEL 6
FROM YOUR MOUTH
FRONTIER PSYCHIATRIST
FRUSTRATION
GOSH
HEART
HELLO SKINNY
HE'S GOT HIS MOTHER'S HIPS
HEY YA!
HOMOSAPIEN
HONEY
HOT KNIFE
HUMAN NATURE
HYPERBALLAD
I FEEL IT ALL
I GET ALONG / E-MAIL
I SEE, SO I SEE SO
I WANNA BE SEDATED
I WANT TO BREAK FREE
INSPECTOR NORSE
INTO MY ARMS
ISLAND IN THE SUN
ISLANDS
IT'S ALRIGHT
IT'S OH SO QUIET
JEREMY
JUMP THEY SAY
JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT
KARMA POLICE
KING KUNTA
KNIVES OUT
LABRADOR
LAND OF CONFUSION
LE PETIT TRAIN
LEARN TO FLY
LEAVE ME ALONE
LET'S GROOVE
LIVE WITH ME
LOSE CONTROL
LOST IN A MOMENT
MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT
MAPS
MARCH OF THE PIGS
MEA CULPA
MESSAGE TO MY GIRL
MONEY
MONEY FOR NOTHING
NATALIE'S RAP
NEIGHBOURHOOD #1 (TUNNELS)
NEVER CATCH ME
NOBODY'S EMPIRE
OBLIVION
OBSESSION
OH BABY
OH FATHER
OH YOU PRETTY THINGS!
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
ONLY YOU
OPTICAL SOUND
OPUS 40
ORIGINAL SIN
PAPATOUAI
PAPER BAG
PEEK A BOO
POP CULTURE
POURVU QU'ELLES SOIENT DOUCES
PRAISE YOU
PRETTY GIRL
PRISON SEX
RABBIT IN YOUR HEADLIGHTS
RED GUITAR
REMIND ME
ROAD TO NOWHERE
ROGER GLOVER
ROUTE ONE
SAVOURE LE ROUGE
SAY
SELF CONTROL
SENSORIA
SHAPE
SHE'S GONE
SI MINCE
SINGLE LADIES
SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM
SLOW
SMACK MY BITCH UP
SMALLTOWN BOY
SMART
SOBER
SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW
SOMETHING
SPLAT
SPOKES
STEAM
STRANGELOVE
STRAWBERRY SWING
SUMMER GIRL
TEMPERAMENTAL
THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE
THE DENIAL TWIST
THE MERCY BEAT
THE PERFECT KISS
THE RAIN (SUPA DUPA FLY)
THE ROBOTS
THE SENSUAL WORLD
THE TEST
TOM COURTENAY
TOOKAH
TRIUMPH
TRY
TURNING BROWN AND TORN IN TWO
TWO TRIBES
UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT
UNFINISHED SYMPATHY
UNREAL IS HERE
VIETREMX
WANT YOU BACK
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES
WE ARE GOING TO BE FRIENDS
WEAPON OF CHOICE
WEDDING BELLS
WHY
WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD?
WORK IT
WORLD (THE PRICE OF LOVE)
YOU CAN CALL ME AL

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#259 Post by brundlefly » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:27 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:32 pm
Wow, props to whoever else was on the Lele Pons crew with me— 14 on a top 50 is way, way better than I expected. My list was almost entirely orphans but that top two was also my top two, so okay

Thanks for stepping in to tally, zedz!
Ditto, and likewise re: the Fibbers vid, which I heart so hard. And thanks for letting me join in. I too suspected the results might wind up being something like "Thriller" + a few Gondrys (as opposed to, like, his entire output -- maybe there should be a Gondry-off) + 1000 treasured orphans, so any consensus is nice! Am happy to see a couple vids that I had in the 26-30 spots get placed, because they were hard cuts.
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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#260 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:33 pm

I hadn't seen or heard of it before the link being posted here but I like Carla Bozulich a lot and fell instantly in love with the video

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#261 Post by zedz » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:34 pm

The Orphans of Zedz

Top 10:
Hello Skinny – The Residents (Graeme Whifler, 1979) – Too creepy? Too old? Too John Heartfieldische? Probably just too damn Residential.
Ali Click – Brian Eno (Jerome Lefdup / Lari Flash / Brian Eno, 1992)
Turning Brown and Torn in Two – Tall Dwarfs (Chris Knox, 1983) – An understandable acquired taste, but I love it to bits, and it’s one of the videos that first sent me down the experimental filmmaking rabbithole.

The Rest:
Elektrobank – The Chemical Brothers (Spike Jonze, 1997) – What the actual fuck? I thought this would be a shoo-in!
Mea Culpa – David Byrne & Brian Eno (Bruce Conner, 1981)
Splat – Bailter Space (Julie Hermelin, 1995)
He’s Got His Mother’s Hips – John Grant (Casey & Ewan, 2018) – If you haven’t watched this, it’s probably the most fun of my orphans (which wouldn’t be hard).
Sensoria – Cabaret Voltaire (Peter Case, 1984)
Oh Baby – LCD Soundsystem (Rian Johnson, 2018) – This is my karmic payback for all those videos I recommended that I ended up not voting for, but some other sucker did. (You know who you are). Apart from ‘Elektrobank’ (again: what the fuck?) I think this was the only narrative video on my list.

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#262 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:35 pm

My top 10, (probably too personal to have gotten much additional support anyway) orphans in red:

01. Purple Mountains - "Darkness and Cold"
02. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps"
03. Fiona Apple - "Hot Knife"
04. Belle & Sebastian - "Nobody's Empire"
05. David Bowie - "Oh You Pretty Things"
06. The White Stripes - "The Hardest Button to Button"
07. Aphex Twin - "Come to Daddy"
08. Björk - "Triumph of a Heart"
09. Peter Gabriel - "Sledgehammer"
10. The Beatles - "Something"

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#263 Post by The Narrator Returns » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:57 pm

My list, more a collection of orphans than anything.

1. Protection (Massive Attack)
2. All I Need (Air)
3. Oh Father (Madonna)
4. Across the Universe (Fiona Apple)
5. Into My Arms (Nick Cave)
6. Bedtime Story (Madonna)

7. Lucas With the Lid Off (Lucas)
8. Sky's the Limit (The Notorious B.I.G.)
9. Afrika Shox (Leftfield)
10. Imitation of Life (R.E.M.)
11. Jump They Say (David Bowie)
12. Crime (Real Estate)
13. Temperamental (Everything But the Girl)
14. Opus 40 (Mercury Rev)
15. Brilliant Disguise (Bruce Springsteen)
16. Labrador (Aimee Mann)
17. Spokes (Pond)

18. Hurt (Johnny Cash)
19. Sugar Water (Cibo Matto)
20. Atmosphere (Joy Division)
21. Rabbit in Your Headlights (UNKLE)
22. Try (Michael Penn)
23. Hyperballad (Bjork)
24. Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads)
25. Paper Bag (Fiona Apple)


I came to them later in the game, but I wish I'd pushed for the two Tom Scharpling-directed videos on my list (especially "Labrador", a shot-for-shot remake of the "Voices Carry" video with Jon Wurster as the asshole boyfriend).

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#264 Post by Gregory » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:10 pm

All of his videos that I've watched have been so funny and well-done that I've always come back to them months/years later. In addition to the two mentioned: New Pornographers "Moves," Aimee Mann "Charmer," Frankie Cosmos "Apathy"; several more...

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#265 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:40 am

zedz wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:08 pm
thirtyframesasecond wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Did you get my list zedz? I sent it Sunday and it shows as a sent message? Maybe you did but certainly my top few don't appear in this list? Doesn't matter really as I don't think I had a huge number of these.
Yes I did. Your top ten were all orphans, I believe!
Oooof! Yes, I think my first appearance on the list in #11, which is.....1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins. I think I have 21 orphans by the looks of things. Doesn't help that I didn't pick a Gondry/Jonze/Cunningham video though.

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#266 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:23 am

My apologies soundchaser, as I love the Hey Ya video by Outkast too and forgot to vote for it. Similarly The Narrator Returns the David Bowie video Jump They Say crossed my mind a number of times.

Usually the final result is far less interesting than all the surrounding 'orphans' anyway and I went wilfully contrarian in the sense that I knew that Come Into My World and Sugar Water would not really need any extra boosting from me (though I like Elektrobank too!) and took that as my opportunity to mention other titles. Here's my list with orphans in blood red:

1. Vletrmx by Autreche (fan video) - this is my main contrarian pick: an amateur video shot handheld at night in an unnamed city to the strains of Autechre's Vletrmx with "a travelogue" title. It has haunted me for years now as the perfect match of visuals to the image. If I ever did a J.G. Ballard anthology film, I'd throw this in as a little interstitial piece between stories, or as an intermission piece. The whistling of the wind and even the way that the song abruptly cuts out to just leave us with the ambient traffic noise feels perfectly Ballardian!

This is probably where I'm bringing more to it than the video itself offers, and I really don't want to find out any more about the making of this, or that it was just someone playing around and testing their new camera and editing skills out more than intending to make an 'artistic statement on urban alienation' or anything like that, but that's the beauty of user generated content in the way that it provides non-commercialised grist to the mill of a viewer's imagination!

2. Acid Rain by Lorn - talked about in thread
3. Blood In My Eyes by Atari Teenage Riot - talked about in thread
4. Anvil by Lorn - talked about in thread
5. Tookah by Emiliana Torrini - linked to in the thread - this was one of my favourite finds during the project. I love the album and this particular song but I had never tracked down the music video, and love the disembodied hands and heads coming out of the darkness. Very witchcraft and black magic feeling!
6. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay - linked to in thread. Love the moving chalk drawings on the pavement conceit. Though watching a lot of the dom&nic videos, they do seem to have something against squirrels! And zedz aside, I quite like the song too!
7. The Test by The Chemical Brothers - linked to in thread. For my money the best Chemical Brothers video in a strong field
8. Take on Me by a-ha
9. Gosh by Jamie xx - linked to in thread
10. Afrika Shox by Leftfield
11. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack - linked to in thread
12. Optical Sound by [The User] - mentioned in thread. No link but the 'trailer' on YouTube
13. Savoure Le Rouge by Indochine - the wonderful morphing collage video directed by Marc Caro. There's a link in the mmm...Music thread from when I went through the Global Videobyte episodes I had recorded to VHS.
14. Happiness by Goldfrapp
15. Si Mince by Arielle - linked to in thread
16. DVNO by Justice - linked to in thread. This was introduced to me by the project and I like the typographical winking going on throughout!
17. Pop Culture by Madeon - linked to in thread
18. Inspector Norse by Todd Terje
19. Here We Go Again by OK Go
20. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits - linked to in thread
21. Slow by Kylie Minogue - linked to in first page of the Algo-rhythms thread. Lots of sensuous writhing going on there!
22. I See, So I See So by Broadcast
23. ABC pour casser by Peter Kitsch - see the mmm...Music Global Videobyte post for link to that one
24. Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson - the most telling, and tragic, Jackson video
25. Smart by Matthew Herbert

This really shows that we needed the ability to vote for 50 videos rather than just 25! Despite the restrictions I threw in three particular videos that I did not get time to talk about in the thread, so I was not expecting to garner any support for them, but knew I would be able to highlight them in the orphans post, so here goes!

18. Inspector Norse by Todd Terje - a faux documentary piece about a rather strangely earnest young man. Luckily(?) the kitchen sink noxious chemical mixing is not for any particular homemade bombs but for a different kind of light show! The modern Billy Liar?
22. I See, So I See So by Broadcast - I really like the 70s new age hippie style of this one, with the beautifully fractured editing and animated overlays. It's like a Wiccan invocation ritual!
25. Smart by Matthew Herbert - just because it recreates that sense of rifling through Argos catalogues! The only elements that would need to be added would be the little yellow biros and the machine to tap the product code into to check if it was currently available in the stockroom at the back of the store!

Also I have a couple of titles that would not fit into the 25 voted for and did not appear on the list either, so I'll try and get to those later too.
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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#267 Post by BenoitRouilly » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:46 am

Thank you for the stats zedz

Here is my ballot (orphans in red / # for my promoted videos posted in this thread)

1. SHRIFT – Lost in a moment #
2. PINK FLOYD – Another Brick in the Wall #
3. KYLIE MINOGUE – Come Into MyWorld
4. SIA - Chandelier
5. STROMAE – Papaoutai #
6. THE WHITE STRIPES – The Denial Twist
7. BEYONCE – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
8. BJÖRK – All Is Full Of Love
9. CHILDISH GAMBINO – This is America
10. RITA MITSOUKO – Le petit train #
11. THE WHITE STRIPES – The Hardet Button to Button
12. DAFT PUNK – Around The World
13. WILLIAM SHELLER – Excalibur #
14. BONOBO – Cirrus #
15. ORANGE CARAMEL – Catallena #
16. CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Wide Open
17. MYLENE FARMER – Pourvu qu’elles soient douces #
18. SIGUR ROS – Route One #
19. STROMAE – Formidable #
20. MICHAEL JACKSON – Thriller
21. R.E.M. – Low
22. RÖYKSOPP – Remind Me
23. OK GO – Obsession
24. ROGER GLOVER - Love is all #
25. NATALIE PORTMAN & LONELY ISLAND - Natalie’s Rap #

I'm glad at least one of my promoted video made it tot the list (thanks whoever voted for Cirrus)
Amish Paradise, although I posted the video, didn't make my final cut, as I had to incorporate suggestions from others in this thread...
Even though I didn't campaign for these videos (Chandelier, The Denial Twist, Single Ladies) I'm really surprised nobody else voted for them!
I agree about the Top50 individual ballot option to include more "orphans" from the top25

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#268 Post by swo17 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:33 am

I voted for "Cirrus" and was *this* close to voting for that Shrift video

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#269 Post by Feego » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:04 am

Here's my very middlebrow list. I was pleasantly surprised to see Genius of Love make the list!

1. Freedom 90 (George Michael)
2. Imitation of Life (R.E.M.)
3. Let Forever Be (Chemical Brothers)
4. Work It (Missy Elliott)
5. All the Things She Said (Simple Minds)

6. Genius of Love (Tom Tom Club)
7. Come Into My World (Kylie Minogue)
8. This Is America (Childish Gambino)
9. Fastlove (George Michael)
10. Human Nature (Madonna)
11. Lose Control (Missy Elliott)
12. Land of Confusion (Genesis)

13. Thriller (Michael Jackson)
14. Why (Annie Lennox)
15. Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai)
16. Don't You Want Me (Human League)
17. Slave to the Rhythm (Grace Jones)
18. Original Sin (Elton John)

19. Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
20. Take On Me (a-ha)
21. Sugar Water (Cibo Matto)
22. Jeremy (Pearl Jam)
23. 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins)
24. Eyes Without a Face (Billy Idol)
25. All Is Full of Love (Bjork)

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#270 Post by BenoitRouilly » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:33 pm

Thank you swo17.
From the orphan list, I notice the song titles are rather short (most of the time one to 3 words)
Michel Gondry is amazing! Even though the votes were split between his many great videos, he still garnered more than anyone else...

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#271 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:03 pm

I found it really hard to order these so in the end they largely stayed the way I jotted them down. Still, with so many orphans it didn't really matter!

1. Kraftwerk - The Robots - I can't believe The Robots was an orphan! Obviously predates MTV and not only are the electronic ties so cool, I am 99% certain that the slow motion movements were just the band moving very, very slowly rather than any post-production.
2. KLF - Justified and Ancient - not my favourite of their Stadium House singles (Last Train to Transcentral!!!) but getting Tammy involved, presumably explaining to her about the Illuminati - jeez, she must have been totally dumbfounded!
3. The The - The Mercy Beat - every track on Infected had a video, this Greene meets Lowry in Bolivia is the best of the series (though I do like the Heartland video)
4. Kate Bush - The Sensual World (Peter Richardson of Comic Strip and Kate doing their Joycean thing)
5. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee (discussed before)
6. Cameo - Candy (discussed before)
7. David Sylvian - Red Guitar (Anton Corbijn referencing Angus McBean's stunning photography work - he's the old chap in the video, did some great work with actors of the 30s/40s including Vivien Leigh)
8. Propaganda - Dr Mabuse (Corbijn again; the production on A Secret Wish is terrific and the German band riff on their country's finest filmmaker - well, maybe apart from Fassbinder)
9. Earth, Wind and Fire - Let's Groove (this and September have the same trippy aesthetic, but this song is pure fuuuuuunk)
10. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Breaking The Girl (Stephane Sednaoui - see if you can spot River Phoenix)

11. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (could've been this or Tonight, Tonight really, but I love the teens having a great night narrative)
12. Hot Chip - Boy From School (Hammer and Tongs doing a lo-fi Ancient World myth)
13. Laura Branigan - Self Control (discussed before, but what was Friedkin thinking about?)

14. The Replacements - Bastards of Young (discussed before)
15. Siouxie and the Banshees - Peek A Boo (such a strange track and the video is suitably weird too)
16. Chemical Brothers - Wide Open
17. New Order - The Perfect Kiss (Jonathan Demme filming a 9m live performance in the studio)
18. Feist - I Feel It All (Patrick Daughters did all the vids on the Reminder; this choreographed fireworks routine beats out 1,2,3,4)
19. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (don't call it a comeback....)
20. The Cure - Close To Me (Tim Pope's claustrophobic video, one of many great videos he made for them)
21. Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2 (kind of cheating, it's Don Letts pulling together clips from Nic Roeg films)
22. Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing (Oldham/Galafianakis version) (the Hype Williams official video is pretty boring, but this unofficial video was hilarious)
23. Childish Gambino - Sober (NOT This is America, but Glover busts into dance routine when trying to chat up a girl in a diner, but he's so high)

24. Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do? (discussed before, but the Donnie Darko vibes here really complement the song)
25. Outkast - BOB (NOT Hey Ya - I'm a frequent contrarian, and normally I HATE Dave Meyers videos, but this really is balls-out psychedelic)

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#272 Post by zedz » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:33 pm

swo17 wrote:I voted for "Cirrus" and was *this* close to voting for that Shrift video
As I recall, Cirrus got a few votes, and it was only reluctantly left off my list. (I ended up with forty something videos to sort through, nearly half of which were discoveries from this thread.) Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Great video!

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#273 Post by swo17 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:44 pm

Yeah, like a third of my list was new discoveries, and there were a dozen more that ended up being tough cuts

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#274 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:02 pm

A couple more, because voting may have ended but the beat goes on! :

I had forgotten about Karma Police, the Radiohead video directed by Jonathan Glazer, until seeing it on the orphans list above (I also really love the fan made video that syncs up Radiohead's Lucky to images from Lars von Trier's Element of Crime that has sadly disappeared from YouTube for the moment), and find it pairs up nicely with the spotlight following the path of darkened roads video for The Road by UNKLE.

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Re: The Music Video Mini-List

#275 Post by swo17 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:14 pm

My list with links to orphans:

01. The Chemical Brothers: Let Forever Be (Michel Gondry, 1999)
02. Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)
03. The Horrors: Sheena Is a Parasite (Chris Cunningham, 2006)
04. Cibo Matto: Sugar Water (Michel Gondry, 1996)
05. Aphex Twin: Windowlicker (Chris Cunningham, 1999)
06. Toni Basil: Breakaway (Bruce Conner, 1966)
07. Childish Gambino: This Is America (Hiro Murai, 2018)
08. Geraldine Fibbers: California Tuffy (Carla Bozulich, 1997)
09. The White Stripes: Fell in Love with a Girl (Michel Gondry, 2002)
10. Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (Stephen Johnson, 1987)
11. Justice: D.A.N.C.E. (Jonas Euvremer & François Rousselet, 2007)
12. Portishead: Only You (Chris Cunningham, 1998)
13. Aldous Harding: Blend (Charlotte Evans, 2017)
14. Dirty Projectors: Gun Has No Trigger (David Longstreth, 2012)
15. Bat for Lashes: What's a Girl to Do (Dougal Wilson, 2007)
16. LCD Soundsystem: Drunk Girls (Spike Jonze, 2010)
17. Caroline Rose: Bikini (Caroline Rose, 2018)
18. Kylie Minogue: Come into My World (Michel Gondry, 2002)
19. Aphex Twin: On (Jarvis Cocker, 1993)
20. Björk: Triumph of a Heart (Spike Jonze, 2005)
21. Radiohead: Knives Out (Michel Gondry, 2001)
22. Bonobo: Cirrus (Cyriak, 2013)
23. Lucas: Lucas with the Lid Off (Michel Gondry, 1994)
24. Split Enz: Message to My Girl (Ray Argall & Noel Crombie, 1984)
25. Beastie Boys: Sabotage (Spike Jonze, 1994)

I was originally going to vote for Weapon of Choice as well but then I realized that Kenzo World is the same thing but better, only not a music video

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