Music Video of the Day: Casino Queen by Jackie Lynn (2020, dir by Haley Fohr and Krzys Piotrowski)

One minute, you’re running through the desert.

The next minute, you’re winning everyone’s money.

Such is life, when you’re a Casino Queen.

Actually, I don’t know if that interpretation is correct or not.  This seems to be a video that’s open to multiple interpretations.  I guess a lot of how you react to it will depend on how you feel about casinos in general.  I find casinos to be depressing places, where people inevitably gamble away their futures while the local Elvis impersonator begs someone to drop a quarter in his guitar case.  Other people tend to see casinos as being a place where anyone can strike it big, if they just have the right combination of luck and skill.  I’m not sure if this video depicts someone getting lucky or cheating.  Maybe it’s a little of both.

Myself, I’ve never been much of a gambler.  For instance, I would never be able to do well at poker because I would constantly be asking the person sitting next to me if I had a good hand or not.  Blackjack is a lot more easier to play since all you have to do is just try not to go over 21.  Actually, if I ever did go on a gambling spree, I’d probably just hit the slot machines.  Or maybe the roulette wheel.

To be honest, whenever I hear the word “casino,” I think about Robert De Niro critiquing the blueberry muffins in the Martin Scorsese film of the same name.  The Ace Rothstein Dancers were my favorite part of that movie and I think they would appreciate this song because you can dance to it.

This video has a 70s-version-of-the-future feel to it, which I like.  If Logan’s Run had taken place in a casino, it probably would have looked a lot like Casino Queen.


Music Video Of The Day: Psych Ward by Okay Kaya (2020, dir by Kaya Wilkins & Adinah Dancyger)

When I first watched this video, it took me a while to figure what it was reminding me of.  I finally realized that the film was making me think of an 80s zombie film called The Dead Pit, in which an amnesia victim finds herself locked up in a mental hospital that is so overrun by zombies.

Visually, the video really does have a retro feel to it.  With the grainy cinematography and the relatively small group of patients, it’s easy to imagine that this video could be an old Italian or French horror film from the early 80s.  One could easily imagine bits and pieces of the video appearing in one of Lucio Fulci’s post-Zombi, pre-Manhattan Baby films or perhaps one of the films that Jean Rollin did around the time that he directed The Night of the Hunted.  For a while there, psych wards were a very popular film setting.  I imagine that had something to do with the success of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.


Music Video Of The Day: Everything Has Changed by Best Coast (2020, dir by Ryan Baxley)

Really, everything?

Well, maybe not everything.  This video, for instance, suggests that some things have changed but that it might not have been as easy a change as the lyrics suggest.  The thing I like about this video is that, even though the subject matter is change, it still has this weird retro feel.  So, it’s like, “Everything’s changed …. back!”

I do have to say, though, things have certainly changed for me over the past few years.  I was just thinking about it earlier today.  Way back in 2010, when I first started writing for this site, I was a neurotic and self-destructive and maybe just a little bit insecure.  I was one of those people who would specifically start arguments and fights with people just so I could revel in the drama.  It was my way of acting out at the world, largely because I was just in a really angry place at the time.

But the years have passed and the times have changed and I’m in a much better place today.  A lot of it, I know, had to do with just growing up and discovering that being an immature brat wasn’t as fulfilling (or as cute) as I had been led to believe.  A lot of it had to do with writing for this site and discovering that I didn’t have to act out to get attention.  I could just state my opinions and make my arguments and people would actually respond.  That was a big lesson for me and it played a big role in me gaining the confidence necessary to become a …. well, I wouldn’t say a grown-up.  I still don’t consider myself to be a grown-up.  I’ve still got a lot of maturing to do.  But I’m definitely a much happier person today than I was in 2009.

So remember!  Be supportive of the writers and film reviewers in your life because, in a way, you’re helping them become better people.

Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah!  Good video!


Music Video of the Day: Utopian Facade by John Carpenter (2016, dir by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst)

Let us all come together now to wish a happy 72nd birthday to John Carpenter!

John Carpenter is not only one of the greatest horror and sci-fi directors of all time, he’s also an acclaimed composer.  We all know, of course, that he was responsible for the iconic theme song of Halloween.  However, he’s also released two albums of his own original, non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes and Lost Themes II.  Utopian Facade, today’s music video of the day, is the last track on Lost Themes II.

This video features a running android.  As you might be able to guess, utopia isn’t quite as utopian as it has perhaps been advertised to have been.  The android is played by Erika Angel while Stuart Morales is credited as playing “Avatar.”

It’s a very atmospheric piece of music and proof that John Carpenter is as brilliant a musician as he is a filmmaker.


Music Video Of The Day: Try It Out by Skrillex feat. Alvin Risk (2014, dir by Tony T. Datis)

Tuesday was a very, very long day and you’ll have to excuse me if my brain is a little bit flat right now.

Instead of my usual explanation about why I like the apocalyptic tone of this video, I’m just going to share it and wish a happy birthday to the one and only Skrillex.  Sonny John Moore, the music genius who is also known as Skrillex and whose music has been a consistent soundtrack to every worthwhile event of the past 16 years, is 32 years old today!

I’m also going to point out that this song features the amazing Alvin Risk.  Love you, Alvin!

I’m also going to wish all of you a good and happy Wednesday!  I’m about to pass out here but hopefully, I will wake up in a few hours and I’ll be prepared to basically conquer Wednesday and use it as a base camp for the rest of the week.  Sorry if my metaphors are lacking in coherence.  I haven’t had much sleep.

And, finally, I’m going to invite all of you to …. enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Paid For The Award by Sly Toe Hand (2012, dir by ????)

In just a few hours, the Oscar nominations will be announced.  Is that in any way connected to the fact that today’s music video of the day is for a song called Paid For The Award?

Gee, Lisa Marie — what are you saying about our beloved Oscars!?

Calm down.  I’m not saying anything.  Though I may not often agree with the Academy, I don’t think they’ve been bribed or anything like that.  To be honest, this song — or at least the title of this song — is probably more applicable to the Golden Globes than to the Oscars.  Seriously, everyone knows that you can, at the very least, buy a Golden Globe nomination.  Remember when The Tourist picked up all those nominations a few years ago?  And seriously, when was the last time you even remembered that movie existed?

(I’m not really sure what the going rate for a Golden Globe nomination would be.  I imagine that it’s at least somewhat expensive.  I mean, I guess if I sold all of Dazzling Erin’s antique cameras and maybe some of the old Madame Alexandra dolls that we have lying around here, I might be able to afford one but it would probably be for one of the minor ones, like Best Comedy or Musical Film.  But, unfortunately, I already missed my chance to bribe the Hollywood Foreign Press into nominating Cats.  I missed that opportunity and let that be a lesson to you all.  You miss all of the shots that you don’t pay for.  Or something.  I don’t know.  It’s a sports metaphor and sports is a metaphor for life or something like that.)

But anyway, I like this song.  You can dance to it.  The video’s pretty simple but that’s okay.  Not every video needs to be a huge production.  Sometimes, the only thing that I video needs to do is get you in the right mood and this video does that.


Music Video of the Day: Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie (1998, dir by Joseph Kahn and Rob Zombie)

It’s Rob Zombie’s birthday so happy birthday, Rob and let’s all enjoy Living Dead Girl!

Myself, I’ve always assumed that this song was named after the classic Jean Rollin film, The Living Dead Girl.  Admittedly, I haven’t been able to find any specific proof of that but I’m still going to choose to believe it.  The song, after all, is full of references to films like Lady Frankenstein, Daughters of the Darkness, Last House On The Left, and at least one of the Dr. Goldfoot films.  So why not borrow the title from Jean Rollin?

Living Dead Girl was the 2nd single to released off of Hellbilly Deluxe, which was Rob Zombie’s first solo album after originally coming to fame as the co-founder of White Zombie.  White Zombie broke up around the same time that Living Dead Girl came out.  Why did White Zombie break up?  Nobody’s saying.

As for the video, it’s an homage to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with Rob Zombie playing the Doctor and Sheri Moon Zombie playing the Living Dead Girl.  The video does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of Caligari, which is one of the most effective of the old silent films.  (I actually had a nightmare after I watched The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for the first time.  I dreamt that the doctor was trying to break into the house.)

Both Rob Zombie and Joseph Kahn are credited with co-directing this video.  Kahn is an amazingly prolific video director who has done videos for just about everyone, including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, The Chemical Brothers, and …. just about everyone!

Rob Zombie, of course, has gone on to direct several horror films.  There’s a tendency among a certain snobbish type of horror fans to be dismissive of Zombie’s films but I’ve always felt that his film was undeniably effective and, if nothing else, they stayed true to his own vision.  I mean yes, Halloween II was disappointing but 31 was better than many give it credit for being.

Anyway, happy birthday, Rob Zombie!

And enjoy!