June 20, 2006
Considering their snotty, obscurer-than-thou reputation, Pitchfork's staff collection of 100 Awesome Music Videos really is a great list. All the videos in this list had to be available on YouTube, so maybe that helped keep the inclusions pretty mainstream and accessible.
This will totally eat up your entire workday, but I encourage you to browse the list, which is alphabetical by artist. A few highlights:
- Busta Rhymes, "Woo Ha!! Got You All In Check!" Often imitated, but there's no one like Busta.
- Lionel Richie, "Hello". As Pitchfork says, "like the Plan 9 From Outer Space of music videos."
- Röyksopp, "Remind Me". Neat bit of computer animation of the mechanized urban workday. One of my personal favorites.
- David Lee Roth, "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody". From Dave's early solo career, outrageous self-parody.
- Kidz Bop, "Since U Been Gone". Surprisingly creative cover of the Kelly Clarkson song, it's structured like a brother and sister making their own music video using an old videotape of an elementary school play. The little-kid rock concert scenes are some of the most energetic stuff I've ever seen in a video. It's cool.
- R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet". Described by Pitchfork as his "12-part inadvertant surrealist masterpiece." Really worth watching if you haven't seen it yet. Weirdest mainstream video in recent years.
- Vitalic, "Poney". I start laughing uncontrollably around 1:05.
- Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It". Obviously.
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