Music Video of the Day: HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums (2016, dir by Marc Klasfeld)

Here’s something energetic to start your day with!

This is yet another video directed by Marc Klasfeld.  Over on the imvdb, Klasfeld is credited with directing 107 videos, for everyone from Britney Spears to Katy Perry to Big Time Rush.  Basically, if you’re going to make music, you have to have at least one of your videos directed by Marc Klasfeld.  That appears to be the law of the land.


Music Video of the Day: Just Another Night by Icona Pop (2013, dir by Marc Klasfeld)

Today’s music video of the day is the story of two Swedish woman, one Italian man, and the city of lights.  Just Another Night was filmed in Paris and it’s an enjoyable little 3-minute mini-film.  Love, sex, betrayal, cool cigarette smoking, and film noir homages are all present in this video and we’re all the better for it.

This was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has directed videos for — deep breath: Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears, Kid Rock, Michael Bublé, Nelly, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Charli XCX, Little Mix, Nick Jonas, Twenty One Pilots, Avril Lavigne, Aerosmith, and Big Time Rush.  So, in short, if you need someone to direct your music video, Marc Klasfeld is one of the people that you call.  And if you can’t get him to do it, you can always go down to the local community college and get one of the aspiring film students to do it.  It all depends on how much money you have to spend, I suppose.



Music Video of the Day: MakeDamnSure by Taking Back Sunday (2006, dir by Marc Klasfeld)

I can never hear MakeDamnSure without thinking about the What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost episode of Degrassi.

That’s the episode where aspiring rock star Craig Manning (played by Jake Epstein) returns to Toronto after being on tour and we discover that he’s picked up a nasty cocaine habit.  Despite being coked out of his mind, Craig still gets a chance to perform during a Taking Back Sunday show.  However, no sooner does Craig get on stage and start to sing then he suddenly gets the worst nosebleed in the history of nosebleeds.


Needless to say, the members of Taking Back Sunday are not impressed.

Of course, before everything went so terribly wrong, Craig had bragged to Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara about how he performed a “stripped down, acoustic” version of MakeDamnSure in his set.  “I’d like to hear that,” Adam replied.


Oh well.  Fear not.  By the time Craig returned for Degrassi Goes Hollywood, he was clean of the drugs and hopefully, he got back together with Ellie.

(Actually, as much as I love Ellie, Craig’s soulmate really was Ashley.  Ellie should never have let Sean break up with her…)

(Okay, sorry, I’m getting lost in a Degrassi tangent here…FOCUS, LISA, FOCUS!)

As for the video for MakeDamnSure, it features the band performing in a wind tunnel.  There’s a lot of scary and sad imagery but fear not, things work out for the best.  It turns out that some people do give a damn.


Music Video of the Day: Movies by Alien Ant Farm (2001, dir. Marc Klasfeld)

We’ve reached the end of February, and the last version of Movies by Alien Ant Farm. This is the one most people know. Unfortunately, I sat down late to write this, so let’s keep it simple.

The music video starts off with lead-singer Dryden Mitchell apparently confused by a hotdog jumping around onscreen next to a bun when his just sits in his hand.


It must be because that’s not supposed to happen without John Travolta around to sing about Olivia Newton-John.

Grease (1978, dir. Randal Kleiser)

Grease (1978, dir. Randal Kleiser)

He decides to jump into the screen in order to work in a reference to Last Action Hero (1993). The rest of the band decides to follow suit, and are instantly replaced by every alt-rock band from the time-period.


Once inside, they notice that the movie magic is now dead.


Now they remind us of how big a fan they are of Michael Jackson–in case we didn’t get that from them covering Smooth Criminal–by referencing Captain EO (1986).


However, their reference to Captain EO also features the Italian evil-eye thing that ignorant people think has something to do with Satan, and it pisses of the local Sammi Curr.


Trick Or Treat (1986, dir. Charles Martin Smith)

Trick Or Treat (1986, dir. Charles Martin Smith)

It doesn’t matter that he now dresses more like Axl Rose. Sammi thinks that he is the only rocker that has the right to reach into or out of a screen. He did it in Trick Or Treat to kill Ozzy Osbourne.

Trick Or Treat (1986, dir. Charles Martin Smith)

Trick Or Treat (1986, dir. Charles Martin Smith)

Luckily the band turns into the Ghostbusters in order to deal with Sammi Curr. I’m sure it was also a way of taking a shot at critics of their brand of hard rock/heavy metal.


The band performs as themselves for awhile, and brings more stuff out of the screen to remind us of the early-80s 3D craze before turning into Oompa Loompas.


Veruca Salt is the audience. She is promptly turned into a giant blue M&M.


Now the band goes into Karate Kid mode, but Mitchell is down!


That’s no problem though because Pat Morita shows up to heal him through the power of movie magic.


This causes them to flash to an Asian guy in the audience before moving on.


The video decides it’s time to go into the 90s with Edward Scissorhands (1990) .


Edward spots a guy sporting an afro in the audience and decides to update him for the times by giving him the Coolio.


It also spells out AAF just in case we forgot what band we were watching. At this point, the audience decides it’s time for them all to jump into the screen.


That is except for the usher…


who disappears in the far shot…


but reappears when the camera cuts back to the front of the theater.


The music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld who you might know from any number of places, including:

Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry

Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry

He’s directed over 100 of them. He also shot around 20 of them.

Emilie Sennebogen produced the video. I can only find two music video credits for Sennebogen.

Scott Free was the stylist on the video. He appears to have done around 10 music videos.

Jeff Judd worked on make-up. I can only find two music video credits for him.

Ben Oswald was the production manager. He’s worked as a producer, production manager, and as an associate producer on music videos.