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sovay has a great list of videos under: Icy pictures of the water are captured in his ring

When I like a music video, it's both for the song and the imagery, but if I'm going to watch a video, it needs to be something other than shots of the band playing. Lurid is good. But mostly it needs to be fun, kind of like Dog Days are Over by Florence + The Machine.

But everyone's seen florence and Peter Gabriel, and so on. so I think I'll share a few of the more obscure favourites she hasn't listed, in no particular order, at the risk of dating myself:


  • Nemesis by Shriekback—Probably the most tongue-in-cheek video from the most tongue-in-cheek of 80s bands.

  • God is God by Juno Reactor—Byzantine Iconography in all senses of the word.

  • This, Too, Shall Pass by OK Go—Who can't love a Rube Goldberg machine. And the TIMING!

  • Ç'est la Ouatte by Caroline Loeb—You can't get any campier, and I love her off-kilter, ironic face.

  • Bum Bum by Trio—Deadpan delivery, then inexplicable game-show falderal at the end.

  • Love Marriage by Wilbur Sargunaraj—I'm not sure just how brilliant this is. Your results may vary.

  • Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mehndi—Oh, my.



So what are yours?

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sovay
Nov. 15th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Nemesis by Shriekback

See, this is a case where I have the song on my computer, but I've never looked for the video. I was not expecting the cameo by actual, 2000 AD Nemesis. That's great.

God is God by Juno Reactor

I've seen this one! I didn't recognize the name, but rushthatspeaks and I tracked it down some time after seeing The Color of Pomegranates (1968). We wanted to know how on earth someone could make those images work for anything other than the original Parajanov; we'd loved the film and it kind of blew our minds. It works surprisingly well.

This, Too, Shall Pass by OK Go

This one I knew I'd seen, because Rube Goldberg machine. It's brilliant. I've seen a handful of their other videos as well, including their collaboration with the Muppets.

Ç'est la Ouatte by Caroline Loeb

That is a range of impressive hats. I like how it starts as standard pop posing and gets quietly more WTF as it goes along.

Bum Bum by Trio

Okay, that's extremely endearing. Two-thirds of the band are in a music video and then that last guy is just going to chop that wood, damn it. I don't know why the Ziegfeld floor show, either, but I'm very fond of the way it just doesn't matter to him.

Love Marriage by Wilbur Sargunaraj

No, that's awesome. That's somebody who knows exactly what they're doing.

Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mehndi

This one I'm afraid I feel like I am missing some context on. What do you like about it?

Thank you for these!
barry_king
Nov. 15th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, Shriekback has a special dark place in my heart. I still aver that Big Night Music is the most under-appreciated album of the 80s.

I had never heard of The Colour of Pomegranates; Now I have a video to watch with my sister when she comes this Christmas. Thank you!

As for TTT, I think I like about it most what I'm uneasy with Wilbur for. There's an undercurrent of cultural self-deprecation in "Love Marriage" which reminds me a little too much of Louie Armstrong at his worst, even when I realize it's in the same vein as "Kids in the Hall"' or Goodness Gracious Me (see "Kiss My Chaddhis"). What I like about Daler Mehndi is that instead of stepping into global/dominant culture to make his video, he does it firmly rooted in his cultural tradition, but borrowing what he wants from Comics and SF.
sovay
Nov. 16th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Now I have a video to watch with my sister when she comes this Christmas. Thank you!

You're very welcome! Enjoy. We still haven't managed to see any more Parajanov, but The Color of Pomegranates is an amazingly beautiful film.

There's an undercurrent of cultural self-deprecation in "Love Marriage" which reminds me a little too much of Louie Armstrong at his worst, even when I realize it's in the same vein as "Kids in the Hall"' or Goodness Gracious Me

I had never heard of Wilbur Sagunaraj; I couldn't tell what to make of "Love Marriage" for the first few choruses and then it read to me as the work of someone entirely conscious of all the elements and registers he was playing with. Somebody is being trolled.

What I like about Daler Mehndi is that instead of stepping into global/dominant culture to make his video, he does it firmly rooted in his cultural tradition, but borrowing what he wants from Comics and SF.

So you saw the video selidor linked in my original post, with the Māori colonists on Mars dogfighting reptilian space invaders, right?
barry_king
Nov. 16th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have now! And then I watched it again. Now I'm going to show it to CS.

Kewl, thanks!
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