Music Video of the Day: Buddy Holly by Weezer (1994, dir. Spike Jonze)


What is there to say about this video that everyone doesn’t already know? There was no way I couldn’t eventually hit it. I might as well do it now. It kind of seals the deal on what I do tomorrow seeing as Weezer was hardly the only major band of the era to do this kind of thing. That said, I do have two things to bring up:

1. Spike Jonze is a prime example of a director who got their start in music videos, then went on to make feature films. One of the arguments I have had launched at me for why music videos shouldn’t be in a movie database is because directors like Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry evolved into feature film directors after making music videos. I don’t know how this is different than any other director starting with short films, then moving into features, but it apparently was for this database admin. I guess they were thinking of it like shedding a skin or something. Of course, as I’m sure you’ve guessed or already knew, Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry never stopped making music videos. In fact, he did Weapon of Choice for Fatboy Slim two years after making Being John Malkovich. If anything, I would imagine that it just made them more prized directors to get to direct your music video.

2. Microsoft included this music video on the installation disc for Windows 95 back in the day to show the operating system’s video playing capabilities. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I saw it.

This song and video never really get old to me. If I need a little pick me up, then I put it on.

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5 responses to “Music Video of the Day: Buddy Holly by Weezer (1994, dir. Spike Jonze)

  1. Such a great video, It is indeed a classic. I do wonder if there are any good music videos today that have this level of creativity that this one did. I thought for sure IMDB listed short films from directors as well, so why not music vids

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    • They do now. I mentioned that in the first one I did. They just have a certain format they like for the title and genres. Otherwise, they encourage it even. I’m not sure where TMDb stands though. They’re the ones I had a big argument with about a year ago since it’s their database the feeds into Letterboxd that doesn’t import things marked as “video”. Always thought it was funny that something that made its premiere on TV is marked as something that was straight to video.

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