Director Hype Williams lifts from Akira while Kanye West lips from Daft Punk for the anime-themed ‘Stronger‘. Flashy as hell and certainly memorable, if ultimately a little empty. Though even with a lot of recycled ideas, it’s still one hell of a clip.
Rilo Kiley certainly wins the ‘most ambitious’ award for All Through the Night is another ambitious wonder, but this time the execution matches the intent, as this is just a joy to watch from beginning to end. Granted that may have a lot to do with the oodles of appropriated Muppet action, but who am I to argue with felt and that wavy hair?
Hello Saferide went for cute and sweet for the equally cute and sweet tune, My Best Friend, and this was a case where I really enjoyed the mix of live action and animation.
SeaBear, on the other hand, went for weird and gorgeous with the stop-motion Hands Remember.
Oddly enough, Great Northern’s spot for Home felt like an appropriated Modest Mouse video, but I found it rather charming in any case.
Alright, so this one is a total selfish gimmie: Seeing as the band steadfastly refusing to make videos in any traditional sense, I’m forced to just say ‘screw it’ and use a live performance of Wilco doing ‘Impossible Germany’ in their practice loft. Great video? No, but a damn fine song.
Well, that does it for the first half of The Year in Music Videos, we’ll be rolling through August all the way to December tomorrow, so get your hang over cures ready in advance.