Music Video Of The Day: We Are All Made of Stars by Moby (2002, by Joseph Kahn)

Today’s music video of the day is dedicated to Marianne Williamson.  I don’t endorse political candidates.  I learned my lesson from all the angry messages that I got after I said I was planning on voting for Gary Johnson in 2016.  My outlook is more libertarian than liberal but who knows?  Marianne might get my primary vote.

Before anyone says anything, I know that Moby is now officially on the creepy list but I still like his music, especially from the 18 and Play eras.  So, you know, why not?


Music Video of the Day: Stronger by Britney Spears (2000, dir by Joseph Kahn)

Britney Spears certainly did not invent the “I don’t need my cheating boyfriend to feel strong” genre of music but, over the past 20 years, she’s done a lot to popularize it.  Stronger was the first great “I don’t need you” song from Britney and I’ll admit right now that I’ve got the song memorized.  It’s a great one to sing along with.  “I’m not your property?”  Hell yeah!  “I don’t need nobody.”  Uhmmm, okay, the grammar could use some work but still …. you go, girl!

(Technically, that’s a double negative so, when Britney was singing “I don’t need nobody,” she was actually saying that she does need someone.  I used to frequently point that out, mostly because I was annoying like that.  “I don’t need anybody” may be the correct way to phrase the sentiment but nobody sounds better than anybody when it’s sung aloud.  Anyway, I’m just kind of rambling right now….)

As for the video, I guess the first question we should ask ourselves is, “Is Britney in the future?”  Now, seen today, the video might not seem extremely futuristic but, way back in 2000, this was like some serious Matrix shit going on.  Even in the future, though, Britney still has trouble finding a good man.  Upon finding her boyfriend cheating on her, Britney announces, “Whatever,” and then proceeds to drive a car and dance in a chair.  Apparently, Britney can use her magic chair to make people trip and fall.  Past, present, or future, you don’t want to get on Britney’s bad side.  Whenever I’m watch this video, I’m amazed by both how good a dancer Britney is and also how bad everyone else in the video is.  Watching everyone else dance in the spinning future night club, I was reminded of the infamous “Hanging Out With My Family” dance scene from Birdemic.

This video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who began his career in the 90s and who has directed videos for basically everyone.  He’s worked with both Britney Spears and Taylor Swift, which means that we’re pretty much living in Joseph Kahn’s world now, whether we realize it or not.



Music Video Of The Day: The Chemical Brothers featuring k-os — Get Yourself High (2003, dir by Joseph Kahn)

This music video features digitally enhanced footage from a 1980 film called 2 Champions of Shaolin.  According to Wikipedia, here’s what the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, had to say about it:

“I edited this on a laptop on a plane to Chicago. I rearranged the time sequencing of the actual movie. The bad guy with the big boombox is actually a minor henchman who dies in the first 30 minutes, but in my visual remix he’s the ultimate antagonist. The lip syncing was motion captured, then applied to 3D models of jaws. I didn’t know 100% if the technology was achievable with the time and money, nor did I know if we could actually get rights to a Chinese kung fu flick. It was a risky venture, but Carole gave me a check and then left me alone. She had some major balls.”

(And if it’s on Wikipedia, it has to be true!)

Anyway, I really love this video and the song.  The only unfortunate thing is that the Get Yourself High clown doesn’t make an appearance.  Who is the Get Yourself High Clown?  If you’ve seen The Chemical Brothers live, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him.  Check him out in this footage from their 2007 performance at Glastonbury: