Music Video of the Day: Girls Talk by Garbage, featuring Brody Dalle (2014, dir by Sophie Muller)

I’ve learned from personal experience that you have to be careful singing this song in front of certain company.

This video was directed by the amazingly prolific Sophie Muller, who — as of this writing — is credited with directing 230 videos.  She directed her first video way back in 1987 and is still working to this day.



Music Video Of The Day: Hooked on a Feeling by David Hasselhoff (1997, by ????)

A few weeks ago, I did a google search for the world’s strangest music video.  The results were largely made up of listicles, the majority of which had headlines like, “These Music Videos Are Messed Up and They’re Glorious” or “These 12 Strange Music Videos Are Everything.”

Bleh.  I hate clickbait headlines.

But still, I went ahead and checked out a few of the articles and I noticed that almost all of them mentioned a 1997 video that was made for a cover of Hooked on a Feeling performed by David Hasselhoff.  So, I went to YouTube and I watched the video and yeah, it was pretty weird.  Like a lot of things involving Hasselhoff, it’s hard to tell if it was meant to be taken seriously or if the video was in on the joke.

Anyway, enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd (1979, directed by Gerald Scarfe)

38 years ago today, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

When most people think about the video for Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2), they probably remember the scenes from Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd — The Wall, with the school children marching into the tunnel and being dropped into the meat grinder.  However, the “official” video came out shortly before the release of the Parker film.  It was directed by Gerald Scarfe, who was responsible for the film’s animated scenes.  (Clips from Scarfe’s animation for The Trial and Waiting for The Worms are prominently featured in the video.)  It also features the teacher puppet that was used whenever The Wall was performed in concert.

The children in the video are not the same children who sang on the track.  The children on the track were all students at Islington Green School.  When the track, with its chorus of “we don’t need no education/we don’t need no thought control,” was released, it proved to be so controversial that the head teacher at Islington Green forbade the students from performing the song on Top of The Pops and from appearing in the video.  In fact, the members of the chorus heard in the song did not even receive any royalties from its success until 2004.


Music Video of the Day: Call My Name by Priest (2018, dir by Courtney F. Sell)

Today’s music video of the day is the just-released video for Call My Name by Priest.  This song is taken from Priest’s latest album, New Flesh.

Reading the comments on YouTube, it would appear that several people are of the opinion that this video has a Girl With The Dragon Tattoo feel to it.  Myself, I’d say that this video has more in common with David Cronenberg than David Fincher.  I mean, just the title of the album brings to mind Cronenberg’s Videodrome.

That said, I have to admit that, for me, the imagery in the video mostly brought to mind Jean Rollin’s 1970 film, The Nude Vampire.  

Jean Rollin’s The Nude Vampire

As anyone who has regularly read this site over the years can tell you, reminding me of a Jean Rollin film is always a good thing.



Music Video of the Day: Speak To Me Of Abduction by William Control (2013, dir by ????)

Speak To Me Of Abduction is a song that played over the end credits of William Control’s first live DVD, Live in London Town and I absolutely love the song.  As for the video, it’s primarily clips of Wil Francis (a.k.a. William Control) walking around and performing in one of the greatest cities in the world, London!

The city of London was itself founded in 43 AD, by the Romans.  It was originally known as Londinium.  No one is quite sure why the Romans called the town Londinium, though there is speculation that the name was of Celtic origin and originally meant “place that floods.”

I also picked this song because today is … and this not a joke … Alien Abduction Day!  Seriously!  According to this website, Alien Abduction Day is always celebrated on March 20th.  Why, you may ask?  I have no idea.  Maybe someone famous got abducted by aliens on this day.  I’m not even sure how exactly we’re supposed to celebrate Alien Abduction Day.  Should I go out in the woods and stare up at the sky until a bright light appears?  Considering that today is also the first day of Spring, a road trip sounds like fun but I don’t necessarily want to end up getting grabbed by any of those little gray men.  Though, honestly, I don’t think they’re that tough.

I did, however, decide to see if I could find any footage from last year’s Alien Abduction Day.  Here’s the best that I could find:

Seriously, I wouldn’t want to get abducted by one of those things!

I guess my point is that everyone should be careful today.  Remember, alien abductions are always fun until this happens:

Enjoy and keep watching the skies!

Can you prove it didn’t happen?


Music Video of the Day: American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem (2010, dir by Kevin J. Custer)

I have to admit that one of the main reasons that I picked this video is because, assuming everything goes as scheduled, Jeff and I will be returning home on this day.  (I’m writing this on February 20th, just to provide some context for you.)  I wanted to pick a video for a song that has the word “American” in the title.

With all that in mind, though, American Slang is a good video for a good song from a good album by a good band.  The song and the video take a look at the contrast between the American dream and what, for many, is the American reality.  Myself, I just like the look of this video.  New York is beautiful in black-and-white.


Music Video of the Day: I’m Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murphys (2005)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There are apparently two videos for I’m Shipping Up To Boston available.  The one above was apparently released at the same time that The Departed made the song famous.  It features the band performing and footage from the film.

The other version is below.  This version was directed by Mark Higgins and it basically involves the band, as Higgins put it on YouTube, “hanging with hooligans and runnin’ from the cops.”  Personally, I prefer the version below but they’re both good.