Music Video of the Day: Cool by Gwen Stefani (2005, dir. by Sophie Muller)

I ain’t no hollaback girl …. I ain’t no hollaback girl ….

Oh wait, wrong Gwen Stafani song.  This one’s Cool too, though.  In fact, that’s the name of the song!  It’s all about how Gwen used to date this guy but they broke up but they’re still cool, as in they’re still friends.  In this video, Gwen proves just how cool she is by inviting her ex and his now lover to her Italian villa.

This video was filmed at Lake Como, Italy and the main reason I like it is because I like Italy and watching a video like this reminds me of how much I want to go back and visit Italy.  That was kind of the plan for the second half of this year but then the COVID-19 panic hit and upended everything.

By the way, are we still doing the quarantine thing?  It’s hard to keep track.  I know that two weeks ago, people were threatening to throw me up against the wall for wanting to go outside.  Now, they want to do the same thing because I don’t want to go out.  Personally, I just want to know that I can safely travel to Italy.

Anyway, enjoy this video and hopefully, we’ll all get to travel again at some point in the near future!

Music Video of the Day: REALiTi by Grimes (2015, dir by Grimes)

It occurred to me that I have yet to congratulate Elon Musk and Grimes on the birth of little X Æ A-Xii.  It’s interesting to note that Elon and Grimes first discovered each other on twitter, where they independently came up with the same pun.  Personally, my favorite pun has always been, “If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.”


Music Video Of The Day: Dangerous by Olivia Krash (2016, dir by ????)

This video features Olivia Krash covering one of my favorite songs, Big Data’s Dangerous!

Covers are always interesting.  I like covers when they bring something new to the song and I think that Olivia Krash definitely does that with her version of Dangerous.  Her version is a bit less paranoid than the original version that was performed by Big Data and Joywave.  It takes an anthem to suspicion and turns it into a party song and there’s nothing wrong with that.  In the future, all parties will be paranoid.  Really, they already should be.  I remember there was a Brinks Home Security commercial that featured a woman throwing a house warming party and discovering, to her surprise, that she didn’t know one of the guests.  His name was AJ and later, he broke into her house.  If she had been properly paranoid, she would have said, “Hey, what’s the stranger doing at my party!?”  Instead, she was just like, “Who’s that?  I don’t know him!  Ha ha!”  It’s not so funny once you’ve got a broken window that you’re going to have to pay to get repaired, is it?

My least favorite covers, by the way, are the ones that sound like duplicates of the original.  I mean, what’s the point?  I’m also not a fan of extremely overdramatic cover versions.  For instance, there used to be a WGU commercial that featured the most over-the-top version of The Times They Are A Changing that I had ever heard and it was so terrible that I always had to hit mute whenever I came across that commercial.  I’m also not a huge fan of the song Amazing Grace, largely because everyone who sings it always seems like they’re on the verge of tears and that’s just not fun to watch.  Plus, I just take issue with any song that requires me to describe myself as being a wretch.  I mean, I like songs that make me feel confident, y’know?  Calling myself a wretch would be the exact opposite of that.


Music Video Of The Day: I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace (2003, dir by Steve Gainer)

Back when we were both in college, my friend Evelyn and I would often greet each other by loudly exclaiming, “I hate everything about you!”  That always got us a few weird looks but you have to understand that, at the time, we were both making a point about avoiding easy sentiment and …. well, we also liked getting weird looks because we felt like that was a sign that we were bringing down the establishment in some sort of way.  That may sound silly now and, to be honest, it sounded silly back then.  But still, we had fun and that’s the important thing.

Anyway, I Hate Everything About You is one of those songs that’s really appealing when you’re trying to be a rebel and you want the world to know how pissed off and disillusioned you are.  At the same time, it’s also a song that lends itself to all sorts of parody.  (Who knows how many people sang, “I.  Ate.  Everything.  About.  You!” back in the day?)  It’s a catchy song.  You can kind of dance to it.  You can play it really loud when you’re trying to freak out your mom.  The lyrics are fun to write inside your diary whenever you’ve had a bad day.

The music video features three people who hate everything about someone else.  One guy is being cheated upon by his girlfriend.  One girl is going out with the type of smirkey douchebag who has been killed in countless Lifetime films.  Another teenager has to deal with an abusive father.  They all go to a hill where they destroy stuff.  It’s kind of like how you’re supposed to set your lover’s pictures on fire if you break up.  Personally, I say keep the pictures and get a voodoo doll.  Just a few pokes from a sharp pin and you’ll have all the revenge you want!  And you won’t have to go to some ugly old hill either.  Voodoo is a revenge that you can practice from the safety of your own bedroom.  Voodo?  You do!

The music video was directed by Scott Winig.  The cinematography was done by Steve Gainer, who was also one of the credited cinematographers on Movie 43.  I mean, goddamn, you want to talk about hate.

Anyway, I hope that you’re not hating anyone right now.  I used to hate my neighbor because his dogs were always barking but then I remembered that karma is harsh and unforgiving.  This is indeed a disturbing universe, one that is perhaps ruled by the blind and dumb Azathoth.

Just a reminder: In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.


Music Video Of The Day: I Belong To Me by Jessica Simpson (2006, dir by Matthew Rolston)

I went to the same high school as Jessica Simpson!

Of course, I didn’t go there at the same time that Jessica did.  Jessica was long gone by the time I started the 9th grade.  As well, I actually graduated while Jessica dropped out so she could become a super-rich celebrity instead.  That said, I did take a few classes that were taught by Jessica’s former teachers, who all agreed that Jessica was a sweet person.  To be honest, most of my classmates made a big deal about being kind of cynical about going to the same high school as Jessica Simpson.  You’re never more jaded than you are between the ages of 13 and 18.  Myself, I’ve always liked Jessica Simpson because we’re both from Texas and we both occasionally play dumb for the laughs.

Anyway, this song was written when Jessica was going through a very public divorce from Nick Lachey.  It’s an empowerment song that also happens to be really depressing, which is really the best type of song there is.  There’s something to be said for a good depressing song and a good depressing video.