If you’ve ever seen the music video for the Gorillaz track Clint Eastwood, you might have noticed that the animated band’s movements don’t sync up with every note of the music. Chickenscopes decided to create an updated version of the opening scene where the music really matches the movements. Original video here.
THE BEST Music Videos
I’ve got the power to hypnotize… Make a play, mesmerize. AC/DC reminds us that old guys can rock too with this single from their 17th studio album Power Up. Vocalist Brian Johnson can still scream with the best of them, and guitarist Angus Young’s schoolboy moves as solid as ever. Turn the volume up to 11 and bang your head!
Animator Greg Cooper created this spellbinding fan music video for the track The Magician by Andy Shauf. The clip has been a labor of love for Greg over the course of four years between his other work. Be sure to check out the original music video by Winston Hacking, as it’s also quite good.
Animator Oskar Alvarado offers up a dramatic black-and-white vision in his music video for the MachineCode track Every Ones & Nothings. The sci-fi imagery was loosely inspired by the Incan creation myth of the Mesoamerican serpent deity, Kukulkan. (Thanks Jeffery!)
Zone out with this soothing music video from filmmaker Kevin McGloughlin, who once again fills our rods and cones with brilliant imagery. He shot the full-spectrum infrared footage with a drone over Sligo, on the west coast of Ireland. The chill track was performed by Re: Buddha, Japanese Zen monks who create electronic music.
Lamar + Nik created this clever music video for Taylor Bennett f/Mr. Hudson’s soulful hip hop track Don’t Wait Up. Rather than shooting on location, they placed the musician into scenes using the screen from an iPhone. They made the sets from cardboard, hot glue, and assorted miniatures. Behind the scenes here.
Backed by the jazzy sounds of Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions‘ track Hurri-Mitanni (Güzel Haber), director Gökalp Gönen’s music video is loaded with eye-catching images, as a series of dancers wander the streets, transforming into surreal and colorful figures with the help of computer graphics tech.
We’ve been grooving to the Gorillaz album Song Machine, Season One since it dropped, and their team-up with Beck on The Valley of the Pagans is one of our favorite tracks. Now, we have the official music video, which just happens to have been created in Grand Theft Auto V.
(PG-13) The groovy sounds of MYD and Mac DeMarco’s track Moving Men gets the perfect accompaniment in the form of this hilarious animated music video. Directed by Alexandre Nart, the clip takes us inside the everyday lives of a couple of pothead movers and the care with which they handle each and every item they move.
“Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be.” UK rapper slowthai’s smooth and emotive ballad borrows a line from The Beatles’ Yesterday, but its accompanying one-shot music video by Oscar Hudson is anything but derivative, as it follows the story of a man experiencing one very strange fever dream.
(PG-13: Gore) The video for Siberian rapper Dmitry “Husky” Kuznetsov’s track Never Ever is a bloody journey into the world of a janitor who is tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of deadly gang battles. It’s a macabre subject handled with visual aplomb by writer/director Evgenii Bakirov and cinematographer Kirill Groshev.
The official music video for “Snowchild” pairs cinematic, anime imagery with The Weeknd’s autobiographical track about his quick rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with drugs, and the challenges that come with celebrity life. Directed by Arthell Isom of D’ART Shtajio.
Queen B’s “Black is King” is a cinematic visual album inspired by “The Lion King.” Beyonce’s most ambitious project yet infuses elements of black history with an empowering message for young kings and queens seeking identity, and co-starring roles for Jay-Z, Lupita Nyong’o, and Naomi Campbell. Premieres 7.31.20 on Disney+.
Composer Ludwig Göransson is the musical genius behind the score from The Mandalorian. Now, courtesy of director Isaac Ravishankara, we have an official music video for the opening theme that offers a glimpse into the musician at work, as he creates the richly textured sounds of the modern western.
Iggy Pop’s timeless tune “The Passenger” is a highlight from 1977’s Lust For Life – Pop’s most successful solo album. Finally, 43 years later, it has an official video. Directed by Simon Taylor, the cinematic black-and-white montage is inspired by the nocturnal rides Iggy took with David Bowie during their memorable collaborations.
Michel Gondry’s music videos, TV shows, and films deftly combine humor, childlike whimsy, and in-camera effects to entertain our brains. In this clip from Polyphonic, essayist Noah LeFevre explains how Gondry’s background as a percussionist has influenced his work through rhythmic, repetitive, and redundant imagery.
Shortly before the release of Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV+, Universal Music Group records assembled 31 remastered music videos into a single playlist. From Sabotage to Intergalactic to Sure Shot, all of our favorites are there. If you’re wondering why they’re not all razor sharp, Tom Scott has the explanation.
The music video for the single Hero from the now delayed Van Weezer is packed with video footage shot by fans of the band, each performing a single task – passing a letter from the left to the right of the screen. The payoff is a heartfelt message from Rivers Cuomo and the band at the end of the clip.
LAMAR+NIK’s music video for the track Manhorse by Husbands uses a technique known as “Scanimation” or “picket-fence animation.” The trick uses several frames of motion interlaced together onto card stock, and then viewed through a transparent bar mask. You can download Scanimations from the video here.
Being quarantined has forced filmmakers to get really creative working within such constraints. To make the video for Glass Animals‘ track Dreamland, director Colin Read and his production team shipped musician Dave Bayley all of the lighting, camera gear, props, and a 50-page manual for shooting the entire video by himself.
In 2016, Everclear bandleader Art Alexakis was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative disease that requires medication, injections and positive support to mitigate. In an act of solidarity with other MS sufferers, Art dropped a powerful music video, “Hot Water Test,” from his solo album Sun Songs.
(PG-13: Lyrics) “People, we the pirates, the pride of this great republic.” The music video for RTJ, Greg Nice, and DJ Premier’s anthemic track imagines a day when classes, currency, and other arbitrary social constructs burn to the ground, and we all dance and party in the streets to celebrate the fall of the house of cards.
A stoic and inflexible tree monster finds himself alone and depressed after a bad breakup. But when his ex drops his daughter off for a visit, his hardened shell begins to crack. Adam Rose-Levy’s video for Camel Power Club’s track Change It All is just the right blend of quirky and heartwarming.
The music video for The Treble’s track No Secrets (There For You), features shot-for-shot remakes of dozens of classic 1980s music videos, from A-Ha’s Take on Me to Nena’s 99 Luftballons to Devo’s Whip It. See if you can name them all, then check your guesses in the video’s YouTube description.
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