The Year In Music Videos – May
If April was the month of astounding visual panache, May was the month where fun ruled. I quite like the month of May, if truth be told. You’re well into Spring, and the promise of Summer makes everything brighter. Of course, you’ll soon rue Summer once the nightmarish temperatures kick in, but hey May still kicks some ass.
The Concretes – On the Radio: Ah, the faux one take video. Easy to screw up, but immensely enjoyable when it’s done right.
Hannes Coetzee – Teaspoon Slide: Okay, so this is cheating a little. Not technically a music video, I know, but Coetzee’s awesome slide work more than makes up for the simple visual of a man sitting on a stump playing guitar.
Dead Girls Ruin Everything – All Is Forgotten: Lawrence, KS rockers Dead Girls Ruin Everything go for the gusto and take a loving page from a couple of the 80’s most memorable sex comedies. Brilliant, and fun.
I’m From Barcelona – Collection of Stamps: Hey look! It’s another pop collective group! The song is great, but the video is just too much fun.
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken: This trippy number is offset by Camera Obscura singer Tracyanne Campbell’s almost morose delivery in answering Lloyd Cole’s ’Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?‘, but the juxtaposition manages to work (even with some dead spots in the clip). Great tune, to boot.
Mint Royale – Blue Song: Featuring Noel Fielding (of the Mighty Boosh) and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), this clip is perfect for those of us who’ve done the car seat rock star thing before.
Cox And Combes – George Washington: What doesn’t kick ass when it comes to this clip? Beyond the insane (and insanely catchy) tune, the visuals are just hysterical. I sang this for months.