Music Videos – Beyond MTV

Veer’s recent post about the latest Sigur Ros video inspired me to think of some of my favorite music videos that or less than MTV friendly. These videos tell stories or capture the spirit of the band rather than sell a lifestyle or document the lyrics.

Sigur Ros is particularly stretching the video genres with their epics to the contemporary world environment and faith. “Untitled“, directed by the amazing photographer Floria Sigismondi reminds me of the Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.” However, Sigismondi removes the kitsch and concentrates on the mood, colors, and story as we follow a post-apocalyptic world and the possibility of salvation. Glosoli follows a child leader, who looks like Charlie from Willie Wonka Factory, who leads a group of children across the open landscape to their eventually lemming-like dive off a cliff. However, faith carries them into the wind, or does it?

Black Heart Procession went the Tommy route with their musical/video/album Amore Del Tropico

On the lighter side:

  • I saw this video for Lucky #9 after watching the Moldy Peaches perform at the Casbah. I can’t imagine a more appropriate representation of them and their music.
  • Goblin Cock is the latest project from Rob Crowe (Heavy Vegetable, Thingy, Johnny Superbad and the Bulletcatchers, Physics, Lactose Adept, Pinback…). How does a band spoof death metal, Dungeons and Dragons, the Mentors and not look like amateurs? Make “Stumped” and relish the amateur look.
  • Rocket from the Crypt - photo by Ted DrakeWhen Rocket from the Crypt had their first video on MTV(Sturdy Wrists), it was more than a band making it big. It was a celebration for all San Diego bands and those associated with them. So, what did they do for the video? They invited everyone to a San Diego Luau! The MTV site sucks, you’ll need Internet Explorer to see the Rocket Video! After jumping through their hoops, watch Ditch Digger as well

Et tu, Brute?

What are your favorite music videos that are not MTV rotation items?