Sunday, March 16, 2008

Music videos are fun

Speaking of music videos, two websites worth exploring: The first is the website for The Director's Label Series, which is a DVD collection showcasing the music videos of seven fancy-pants directors: Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, and Stephane Sednaoui. The music videos include, for example, Jonze's "Weapon of Choice" (Fatboy Slim), Corbijn's "Heart Shaped Box" (Nirvana), Glazer's "Karma Police" (Radiohead), Gondry's truly impressive "The Hardest Button to Button" (The White Stripes), and many others that would be right at home on Stuffwhitepeoplelike.

The second collection of music videos--Pitchfork's "100 Awesome Music Videos"--includes fare that is more middlebrow, but precisely because it comes from Pitchfork, the middlebrow-ness of the videos only serves to communicate the studied highbrow-ness of the compilation. (See inclusion of "Super Bowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister, "Hello" by Lionel Richie, etc. appearing next to "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads, "Dirty Boots" by Sonic Youth, and "Shady Lane" by Pavement.) Nonetheless, this list is worthwhile because it does put a lot of good, embedded videos in one place.

One omission in both compilations is the 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque video for Radiohead's "No Surprises" (from OK Computer) directed by Grant Gee. Both the song and the video are incredible:

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