Music Video of the Day: Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana (1993, dir. Anton Corbijn)


As if watching the first one again after all these years wasn’t hard enough, that director’s cut is even harder to watch. I am really thankful I am not director/photographer Anton Corbijn. Talk about a blessing, and a curse to have worked with those bands over the years. I mean considering he got his start with Joy Division, only to make the last music video with Nirvana about a decade later. Let’s not forget having made Enjoy The Silence and other things with Depeche Mode considering what happened with Dave Gahan.

Everyone seems to have talked about this music video on its own. I don’t intend to do that. I find it more interesting to look back at Corbijn’s earlier music videos to see where some of the notorious weirdness of this music video comes from and other visual ties to Nirvana in his work. Some things don’t translate well to only a still image, but otherwise, enjoy! I found all, but one or two music videos released prior to Heart-Shaped Box. Oh, and the heart appears a little over 30 seconds into his very first music video.

Hockey by Palais Chaumburg (1983)

Hockey by Palais Chaumburg (1983)

Hockey by Palais Chaumburg (1983)

Hockey by Palais Chaumburg (1983)

Beat Box by Art of Noise

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Beat Box by Art of Noise (1984)

Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda (1984)

Dr. Mabuse by Propaganda (1984)

Red Guitar by David Sylvian (1984)

Red Guitar by David Sylvian (1984)

Seven Seas by Echo & the Bunnymen (1984)

Seven Seas by Echo & the Bunnymen (1984)

Seven Seas by Echo & the Bunnymen (1984)

Seven Seas by Echo & the Bunnymen (1984)

The Ink in the Well by David Sylvian (1984)

The Ink in the Well by David Sylvian (1984)

The Ink in the Well by David Sylvian (1984)

The Ink in the Well by David Sylvian (1984)

Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 (1984)

Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 (1984)

Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 (1984)

Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 (1984)

Bring on the Dancing Horses by Echo & the Bunneymen (1985)

Bring on the Dancing Horses by Echo & the Bunnymen (1985)

Quiet Eyes by Golden Earring (1986)

Quiet Eyes by Golden Earring (1986)

Quiet Eyes by Golden Earring (1986)

Quiet Eyes by Golden Earring (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

A Question of Time by Depeche Mode (1986)

Bedbugs and Ballhoo by Echo and the Bunneymen (1987)

Bedbugs and Ballyhoo by Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Strangelove by Depeche Mode (1987)

Pimpf by Depeche Mode (1987)

Pimpf by Depeche Mode (1987)

The Game by Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

The Game by Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

Lips Like Sugar by Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

Lips Like Sugar by Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode (1987)

Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode (1987)

Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode (1987)

Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode (1987)

Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode (1987)

Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode (1987)

Blueprint by Rainbirds (1988)

Blueprint by Rainbirds (1988)

Blueprint by Rainbirds (1988)

Blueprint by Rainbirds (1988)

My Secret Place by Joni Mitchell & Peter Gabriel (1988)

My Secret Place by Joni Mitchell & Peter Gabriel (1988)

Atmosphere by Joy Division (1988)

Atmosphere by Joy Division (1988)

Atmosphere by Joy Division (1988)

Atmosphere by Joy Division (1988)

Headhunter by Front 242 (1988)

Headhunter by Front 242 (1988)

Love is a Better Word (White City of Light) by Rainbirds (1989)

Love is a Better Word (White City of Light) by Rainbirds (1989)

Love is a Better Word (White City of Light) by Rainbirds (1989)

Love is a Better Word (White City of Light) by Rainbirds (1989)

Sea of Time by Rainbirds (1989)

Sea of Time by Rainbirds (1989)

Sea of Time by Rainbirds (1989)

Sea of Time by Rainbirds (1989)

Faith and Healing by Ian McCulloch (1989)

Faith and Healing by Ian McCulloch (1989)

Faith and Healing by Ian McCulloch (1989)

Faith and Healing by Ian McCulloch (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode (1989)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Killer Wolf by Danzig (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (1990)

Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode (1990)

Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode (1990)

World in My Eyes by Depeche Mode (1990)

World in My Eyes by Depeche Mode (1990)

World in My Eyes by Depeche Mode (1990)

World in My Eyes by Depeche Mode (1990)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

May This Be Your Last Sorrow by Banderas (1991)

Clean by Depeche Mode (1991)

Clean by Depeche Mode (1991)

Two Faces by Rainbirds (1991)

Two Faces by Rainbirds (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Marie by Herbert Grönemeyer (1991)

Tragedy (For You) by Front 242 (1991)

Tragedy (For You) by Front 242 (1991)

Tragedy (For You) by Front 242 (1991)

Tragedy (For You) by Front 242 (1991)

Halo by Depeche Mode (1991)

Halo by Depeche Mode (1991)

One by U2 (1992)

One by U2 (1992)

Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll by Garland Jefferys (1992)

Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll by Garland Jefferys (1992)

Lover Lover Lover by Ian McCulloch (1992)

Lover Lover Lover by Ian McCulloch (1992)

Straight to You by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (1992)

Straight to You by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (1992)

Dirty Black Summer by Danzig (1992)

Dirty Black Summer by Danzig (1992)

Dirty Black Summer by Danzig (1992)

Dirty Black Summer by Danzig (1992)

Do I Have to Say the Words by Bryan Adams (1992)

Do I Have to Say the Words by Bryan Adams (1992)

Do I Have to Say the Words by Bryan Adams (1992)

Do I Have to Say the Words by Bryan Adams (1992)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

I Feel You by Depeche Mode (1993)

Walking in my Shoes by Depeche Mode (1993)

Walking in My Shoes by Depeche Mode (1993)

Walking in my Shoes by Depeche Mode (1993)

Walking in My Shoes by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

Condemnation by Depeche Mode (1993)

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2 responses to “Music Video of the Day: Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana (1993, dir. Anton Corbijn)

  1. Pingback: Music Video of the Day: Bang Your Head (Metal Health) by Quiet Riot (1983, dir. Mark Rezyka) | Through the Shattered Lens

  2. Pingback: Music Video of the Day: Asshole by Denis Leary (1993, dir. ???) | Through the Shattered Lens

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