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!

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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!

Music Video of the Day: Escape Velocity by the Chemical Brothers (2010, dir by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyal)


Hi there, everyone!

Today’s music video of the day is the video for the 2nd track off of The Chemical Brothers’s Further.  Things pick up exactly where Snow ended, with the woman swimming under water.  (The woman is played by Jenny Godding when she’s swimming and by Romola Garai when she’s not.)  When the woman emerges from the water, she is treated to a light show that should be familiar to anyone who has been lucky enough to see The Chemical Brothers perform live.

I know, I know.  This is the type of music that drives some people crazy.  I happen to love it.  It’s all about the way it makes you feel and it makes me feel like dancing.

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Snow (2010, dir by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall)


As I sit here writing up today’s music video of the day, the temperature outside is plunging.  When I woke up this morning, it was 40 degrees outside.  Tonight, it’s 33 degrees and getting colder.  This weather may not be good for my asthma but at least it finally feels like Christmas around here!  Best of all, it might snow tonight.  My plan is not to sleep tonight.  Instead, I’m going to sit in front of a window, write, and look for snow.

Living in Texas, I’m lucky if I get to see snow twice in one year.  It snowed back in January.  Didn’t last for long.  It looked something like this:

Photograph taken on January 8th, 2017 by Erin Nicole. This is what we consider to be a lot of snow in Texas. Stop laughing at us, Canada.

Anyway, Snow is not only what’s on my mind but it’s also the title of today’s music video of the day!  Snow was the first track off of The Chemical Brothers’ seventh studio album, Further.  All 8 of the tracks featured a video directed by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall.  Snow‘s dreamlike video features Jenny Godding swimming.  Intentionally or not, it reminds me a good deal of Irene Miracle’s surrealistic swim in Dario Argento’s Inferno.

Jenny Godding is also featured on the cover of Further.

Enjoy!