Music Video of the Day: Praise You By Fatboy Slim (1998, dir by Spike Jonze)


This is perhaps the greatest music video of all time and it only cost $800 to make.

First a little background of how Spike Jonze came to direct this video.  Apparently, Jonze unsuccessfully lobbied for the chance to direct the video of Fatboy Slim’s Rockafeller Skank.  However, Jonze still made a video of himself dancing to the song and sent it to Fatboy Slim (also known as Norman Cook) as a gift/joke.  Cook was so impressed that he hired Jonze to make the video for Praise You.

Here’s what you really need to know about this video:

Despite the authenticity and the passion of the amateur performance captured in this video, The Torrance Community Dance Group does not exist.

Richard Koufey does not exist. That is Spike Jonze playing Koufey.  I don’t know if Jonze “performed in several B-boy posses” while growing up, as Koufey claims to have done.  There’s something oddly touching about the enthusiastic way that Jonze/Koufey shouts, “B-boy.”

The bewildered audience is real and their confused reaction to Koufey’s performance was real too.  This video was shot outside of a movie theater, without permission or permits.  What you’re seeing in this video is technically a crime, which makes it all the more enjoyable.  I’m not sure if the man who briefly turns off the music was in on it or not.  If that wasn’t planned out ahead of time, Jonze was definitely taking a risk by jumping on him.

Myself, I just love the enthusiasm of it all.  It takes talent to be both bad and good at the same time.

Enjoy!

 

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Music Video of the Day: I Love It by Icona Pop featuring Carli XCX (2012, dir by Fredrik Etoall)


To be honest, the main reason that I picked this for today’s music video of the day is because it’s rare a day passes by that I don’t describe myself as being “a 90s bitch.”

Reportedly, this song was recorded at a time when both Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt were going through difficult break-ups.  From Songfacts.com:

The song doubles as a kiss-off to the Icona Pop duo’s then boyfriends. “We were going through similar stuff, with dating pigs, and things were not going our way. And when that song came along, we just felt it, and we wanted people to feel our anger,” Jawo explained to MTV News. “We felt the song was a strong song, and … we just wanted to get the song out and get the pigs to hear it. You know who you are.”

“Now, we meet them on the street when we’re back home, and you’re like ‘Hi!’ and they’re like ‘hi,'” Hjelt added. “And we’re like ‘Hahaha, thank you for the inspiration.'”

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Uprising by Muse (2009, dir by Hydra)


Hi, everyone!  Lisa here with today’s music video of the day!

Yes, yes, I’m late.  Sorry, I fell asleep last night before I got a chance to set up today’s music video of the day.  Then, when I woke up, I was out the front door and driving down Central Expressway before I realized that I’d forgotten to put in my contacts.  Seriously, I was totally blind and driving down the busiest, most dangerous highway in Dallas.

And yet, I survived!

So, in order to celebrate this momentous occasion, how about a music video from one of my favorite bands?  This is Uprising by Muse.  It seems to go with the general tenor of the times.  Everyone’s convinced they’re a revolutionary. even if they’re just some rando on twitter.  Things are blowing, if only in our neighbor’s dreams.

The bit with the teddy bears?  That’s a Ghostbusters tribute.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Life on Mars? by David Bowie (1973, dir by Mick Rock)


This video was filmed backstage at Earl’s Court in London.  It was directed by Mick Rock, who is credited with directing four videos for David Bowie.

When asked, Bowie described this song as being “a sensitive young girl’s reaction to the media.  I think she finds herself disappointed with reality… that although she’s living in the doldrums of reality, she’s being told that there’s a far greater life somewhere, and she’s bitterly disappointed that she doesn’t have access to it.”  I imagine most people have felt that way at some point during their life.  Admittedly, I haven’t but then again, who knows what the future might hold?

Is there Life on Mars?  I think Santa would definitely say that there is.  Not to mention…

That said, it’s an interesting question.  On the one hand, I’m a natural-born skeptic when it comes to aliens and UFOs.  On the other hand, the universe is really, really big.  Is it possible that we’re all alone?  For the sake of ennui, I want to say yes.  But realistically, it seems like there has to be something out there.  I guess what disappoints me is that, whenever we do find signs of life in space, it’s always little pieces of fungus or a one-celled amoeba.  What’s the use of discovering extraterrestrial life if it’s just going to be the type of stuff that usually ends up on the bottom of someone’s shoe?

Then again, I guess that’s preferable to the alternative:

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Baker Grace — Day I Die (2017, dir by Moses Moreno)


[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Verse 1]
There’s something in the way
Something in the ways that keeps me grounded
There’s something in the change
Don’t wanna leave the world the way I found it
There’s something in this place
As long as my heart keeps pounding
‘Cause everything I know
Turns out I know nothing about it

[Pre-Chorus]
All these moments
May seem hopeless
But I won’t run away

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Post-Chorus]
The day I die
The day I die
The day I die
The day I die

[Verse 2]
It’s not that I’m afraid
It’s just that I don’t wanna take my chances
There’s only so much time
So I need to stay and advantage
It’s not about the fame
It’s not about the money or the mansions
The more I try to plan
The less [?] seem to understand it

[Pre-Chorus]
All these moments
May seem hopeless
But I won’t run away

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Bridge]
The day I, day I, day I, day I die
Day I, day I, day I die
Day I, day I, day I die (I’m not ready to go)
Day I, day I, day I (I’m not ready to go, go, go)

Beautiful song.  Atmospheric video.  What more needs to be said?

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Wolf Bite by Owl City (2014, directed by Andrew William Ralph)


In memory of Carl Grimes…

Well, kinda.  After what happened on the latest episode of the Walking Dead, I knew that today’s music video of the day would either have to be about 1) a bite or 2) losing an eye.  I nearly went with One Headlight by the Wallflowers but I didn’t know if everyone would associate one headlight with only having one eye.  Then I nearly picked a truly bland 80s song called Once Bitten Twice Shy but oh my God, that song was so boring.

Then I remembered Wolf Bite.  Even more importantly, I remembered this wonderfully weird little video.  Of course, it doesn’t have much to do with getting bitten by a zombie or losing an eye but I still like it.  Dance, wolf, dance!

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Bob Dylan — Must Be Santa (2009, dir by Nash Edgerton)


I just realized that it is December 10th and we have yet to share any Christmas videos here at the Shattered Lens.  That may be because there’s not really that many good Christmas music videos out there….

However, there is this video of Bob Dylan performing Must Be Santa!

Is Dylan celebrating the holiday or making fun of it in this video?  Personally, I choose to believe that he’s doing both.  If anything, Bob Dylan’s reached a point where he can pretty much do anything he wants and if that means he wants to do a polka Christmas song, we’re all the better for it!

As for the song itself, it was originally written back in 1960 and has been performed by several different singers.  The polka version was first performed by the pride of Denton, Texas, Brave Combo.  Dylan’s version can basically be considered a cover version of the Brave Combo version.  Even if you don’t like polka music (and I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of it but then again, my personal taste in music pretty much runs the gamut from EDM to More EDM), you should always take advantage of the chance to see Brave Combo play live.  They put on a quite a show.

Anyway, enjoy!