The Year In Music Videos – October
A couple of returning favorites, but mostly October’s best came in the form of newcomers. This was another tough month to whittle down to the essential choices, but I think you’ll agree these are some damn fine videos.
If there is any recurring theme here, it’s one of deconstruction and reapplication. Most of these clips do a wonderful job turning music video cliches on their head, both through exposing what goes into them and via sheer unadulterated overkill of the same.
Lemon Demon – Word Disassociation: While the novelty aspect of Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny is certainly high, I hope it doesn’t overshadow the fact that Lemon Demon (aka Neil Cicierega) is one hell of a songwriter. Apparently, he’s a damn fine video director, judging by this clip of his own work. Truly inspired.
Peter Björn and John – Young Folk: This marks the first of four clips in this month’s best that garnered nomination love in Antville’s 2006 Music Video Awards, and while it didn’t win in the end, it’s certainly a great clip. The late 70’s Marvel Style animation really won me over.
Deichkind – Ich Betäube Mich: I can state with authority that the only thing going through my mind the first time I saw this clip was ‘WTF?’. Lunatic and chock full of goofy, goofy fun. It’s no wonder this took home the ‘Most Fun Video’ award in the aforementioned 2006 MVAs. Never let it be said that Germany doesn’t know how to throw down when it comes to goofy videos.
Pop Levi – Blue Honey: I loved this promo for the sheer ‘I’ll do whatever I want’ factor. A great mish-mash of styles, and a truly great tune.
Gnarls Barkley – Who Cares?: The video that was so damn good, I couldn’t make myself wait until Halloween to post it. Mario Van Peebles? Blacula? Again, this was a ‘how can I not post this?’ choice.
Hot Chip – Over and Over: And here we have the ‘Best Video of the Year’ winner, according to Antville’s discerning readers. I still think Muse’s Knights of Cydonia should have taken that prize, but I’m more than willing to admit that this brilliant and sardonic deconstruction of music video cliche is pretty damn brilliant. It’s a hell of a song, to boot.