Music Video of the Day: Want You Back by Grey featuring Leon (2019, dir by Matt Komo)


So, this video last for about three minutes and I have to admit that I spent the first 2 and a half minutes feeling fairly skeptical about the whole thing.

I was like:

“Oh, they’re so in love.”

“Oh, now they’re fighting.”

“Oh, now, they’re looking at old pictures.”

“Oh now, they’re acting like kids again and everything’s okay.”

“Oh now, they’re driving together.”

“Oh now …. OH MY GOD!”

Yes, st the end of this video, the tragedy smashes into you like a freight train and I’m totally supportive of that.  The best short films — and that’s what a music video is — are always either extremely funny or extremely depressing.  Attempting to go for moderately amusing or thought-provoking doesn’t work.  A short film needs tragedy!

And that’s what we get here.  Suddenly, we understand why his old sweater is so important to her and maybe we feel a little bit guilty for rolling our eyes just a few seconds earlier.  As always, your mileage may vary.  Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.

Whenever I see a video like this, I always want to know what they’re fighting about.  These falling in and out of love montages always seem to have a scene where the couple suddenly starts yelling at each other in the kitchen and I always wonder what the exact details of the fight are about.  Is it that one of them wants to eat out while the other insists on cooking?  Is it because someone forgot to get Parmesan cheese the last time they went to the grocery store?  Whatever it is, they always seem to make up, which is a good thing.

Enjoy!

2018 in Review: Lisa’s 10 Favorite Songs of 2018


It’s time to continue to my look back at 2018 by listing my ten favorite songs of the year.  If you want to see an example of how varied our tastes are here at the Shattered Lens, compare my picks to Necromoonyeti’s picks for the top 20 albums of 2018.

See, that’s one thing that I like about this site.  We’ve all got our own individual tastes!

Anyway, here are my picks.  I’m going to post them now and then I’ll probably spend the rest of the week getting laughed at whenever I leave my office here at the Shattered Lens Bunker.  But that’s okay!  I love everyone!

  1. The Underground by Hardwell and Timmy Trumpet

2. Get Your Shirt by Underworld and Iggy Pop

3. Boom by Tiesto, Gucci Mane & Sevenn

4. Carribish by ADI

5. Like I Do by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks

6. There Was A Time by Kedr Livanskiy

7. The Middle by Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris

8. One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

9. I’m Upset by Drake

(I have to be honest.  This is one that I pretty much like exclusively because of the Degrassi-themed video.)

10. The Tired and The Hurt by Moby

That’s it for music!  Up next, either tonight or tomorrow, 10 good things I saw on television in 2018!

Lisa Looks Back At 2018:

  1. 10 Worst Films of 2018
  2. The Best of Lifetime
  3. The Best of SyFy
  4. Ten Favorite Novels
  5. Twelve Favorite Non-Fiction Books

 

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.

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Lucky by Britney Spears (2000, dir by Dave Meyers)


Britney Spears wins an Academy Award!

Okay, it’ll probably never happen.  I mean, I’ve watched Crossroads more times than I care to admit but even I have to admit that Britney is a better singer than actress.  That said, we’ll always have the music video for Lucky, in which Britney does win an Oscar.  Well, actually, Britney plays an actress named Lucky who wins an Oscar but, even before the tabloids did their thing, it was obvious that Lucky and Britney were one in the same.  With the benefit of hindsight, there’s a poignant subtext to this song and this video.  Lucky was the first video that Britney did that centered around the struggle to balance fame with happiness.  It would not be the last.

Lucky was the second single to be released off of Oops! …. I Did It Again and it’s hard not to feel that both the song and the video were designed to let us know that, regardless of what we may have heard, Britney wasn’t always playing with hearts and getting lost in the game.  Much as how Sometimes was meant to counterbalance the more exuberant ….Baby One More Time, Lucky seems to be saying, “There’s more to Britney than what you’re reading in the tabloids!”

This video was directed by Dave Meyers, who has directed videos for …. well, just looking at his credits, it seems like he’s directed videos for almost everyone.  Kid Rock, Master P, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, P!nk, Imagine Dragons, the fucking Dave Matthews Band …. he’s worked with them all.  In fact, he directed that video for Katy Perry’s Fireworks.  (Remember how sick we eventually all got of hearing that song?  Seriously, all through 2010, I dreaded watching any sort of “inspiring” video because I knew Fireworks would be played at some point.)  Anyway, Meyers has worked with Britney a few more times, directing the videos for Boys, Outrageous, and Radar.

Enjoy!

 

 

Music Video of the Day: Oops! …. I Did It Again, covered by Nouveau Lounge (2018, dir by ????)


Today is National Bootlegger Day!

I know that because I use a site called CheckiDay, which is a really fun site that I recommend to everyone.  Now, I’m not sure who exactly decided that today was National Bootlegger Day or why they decided that it should be on this particular date but, ultimately, the why isn’t important.  What’s important is that the day just is.

Of course, when we think about bootleggers, we think about the 1920s and Al Capone ruling the streets of Chicago while Zelda danced and F. Scott wrote.  The 1920s, which is one of my favorite decades, was a wild time, largely due to the fact that prohibition was the law of the land.  I mean, just try to imagine it.  Having survived both World War I and the Spanish Flu, Americans were told that they couldn’t even have a drink to celebrate.  I mean, I don’t even like alcohol but I can definitely understand why that would piss people off.  Bootleggers worked outside of the law and became folk heroes to a frustrated nation.  Prohibition may have been passed to for reasons of health and morality but all it really did was show many Americans that sometimes it pays to defy the government.

Of course, there’s other reasons why I love the 1920s.  It’s not just the bootleggers.  There was also the music and the dancing and the fashions and the fact that we had three great Presidents in a row.  (I know some of y’all are going to debate me on that but we’ll have to get into it later.  Warren, Calvin, and Herbert for the win!, regardless of what Upton Sinclair may have had to say.)  It was just a great decade.

And speaking of that decade, check out today’s music video of the day.  This is a cover of Oops! …. I Did It Again, re-imagined as a vintage, 1920s song.  The song is performed by a British band called Nouveau Lounge.  (Singing is Amanda Davis.)  This is a perfect video for National Bootlegger Day, don’t you think?

Now, if you want to know more about Nouveau Lounge, check out their Facebook and their Instagram.  And definitely check out some more of their videos on YouTube.

(And if you want to learn more about prohibition, check out Daniel Okrent’s history of the era, Last Call!)

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: From the Bottom of My Broken Heart by Britney Spears (1999, dir by Gregory Dark)


Welcome to Cedar Springs Garden!

It’s a nice little town, somewhere down south.  It’s a place where you can spend the day swinging back and forth on a tire swing and where you and your boyfriend can chastely spend the night sitting on the back of a billboard.  It’s also the setting for the music video of Britney Spears’s From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart.

From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart was the last single to be released from Britney’s debut album and I have to admit that, when I watch it today, I have mixed feelings about this video.  On the one hand, the song showed, in its own simplistic way, that Britney was a singer who was capable of delivering emotional content.  On the other hand, there’s a soft-focus blandness to the video that kind of reminds you of why it took critics a while to take Britney seriously as a performer.  Some of the problem is that the guy that Britney’s singing about doesn’t really seem like he’s worth all the drama.  The other problem is that the video itself could have just as easily been set in the 1950s as opposed to the start of the 21st century.  This is the safe, non-threatening Britney, as opposed to the Britney who, in her next big hit, would joyously and triumphantly celebrate getting “lost in the game.”

For such an inoffensive music video, From the Bottom of My Broken Heart was surprisingly controversial when it was released.  That’s because was directed by Gregory Dark.  It’s one of the many videos that have been directed by Mr. Dark and, in fact, one could argue that, in the 1990s and the early aughts, he was one of the best video directors around.  However, before he directed music videos, Gregory Dark directed not only hardcore adult films but also several erotic thrillers.  Even though, by the time that this video came out, Dark was no longer making adult features, it was argued by some critics that Dark directing this video was evidence that Britney was an unwholesome influence.  That’s especially hilarious when you consider that this is probably one of the most wholesome videos in which Britney Spears ever appeared.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Oops! …. I Did It Again by Britney Spears (2000, dir by Nigel Dick)


Before The Martian, there was …. Oops! …. I Did It Again!

Oops! …. I Did It Again is one of Britney Spears’s best-known songs and it’s certainly one of the most fun to sing at the top of young lungs when you’re speeding down the interstate on the way to Lake Texoma.  (Just ask my sister.)  But I think that people forget just how weird this video is.

Basically, we’ve got an astronaut (Eli Swanson) exploring Mars when he comes across an image on a Martian stone, the cover of Britney’s second album, Oops! …. I Did It Again.  On Earth, the nerdy NASA guy is impressed while the astronaut wonders if it’s possible that Britney Spears has come all the way to Mars just to play with his heart….

And she has!  Suddenly, there’s a stage on the Martian surface and Britney and the backup dancers are performing while the astronaut watches.  Eventually, Britney approaches him and proceeds to …. TAKE OFF HIS HELMET!  (Britney will not only play with your heart but apparently, she’ll also try to kill you.)  For a few brief seconds, it appears that the astronaut’s head might explode but no, he survives.  He then hands her the Heart of the Ocean, the extremely tacky blue diamond that was at the center of the film, Titanic.  The astronaut explains that he went down to the bottom of the ocean to get it for her and then he took it to Mars for some reason.  (Remember, the video makes it pretty clear that the astronaut wasn’t expecting to run into Britney Spears during his Martian exploration.)  In one of the most badass moves of all time, Britney says, “Oh, you shouldn’t have” and then walks away.  As for the astronaut, he hopefully managed to get home.  I mean, if Matt Damon could do it, anyone could do it….

Yeah, yeah, we know….

This video was directed by Nigel Dick, who also directed the video for ….Baby One More Time.  During filming, Britney was actually struck in the head by a falling camera and had to get four stitches before she then went to finish the video.  Like all great artists, Britney suffered so that you may enjoy.

So, enjoy!