Music Video of the Day: The Golden Path by The Chemical Brothers, featuring The Flaming Lips (2003, dir by Chris Milk)


The Golden Path is one of my favorite songs of all time.

I’ve been listening to it a lot this weekend, while thinking about friends and loved ones who left this world far too early.  On a normal day, the combination of Wayne Coyne’s sincere delivery of “How and why did I die?” and the song’s closing chorus of “Please forgive me, I never meant to hurt you!” makes me emotional.  This weekend, it’s literally brought tears to my eyes.

(Interestingly enough, in an interview with the Guardian, Coyne said the following about recording the vocals for The Golden Path:  “We recorded our part very quickly, almost flippantly, like we’d get a second chance. Then Tom and Ed left a message within 20 minutes of receiving the tape. You could hear them jumping up and down in the background, shouting ‘We’re ecstatic.'”)

As for the video, it’s actually pretty simple.  An office drone fantasizes of a colorful world beyond his gray existence.  The dreamer is played by Fran Kranz, who you might recognize as the stoner from The Cabin In The Woods.  This video was the first to be directed by Chris Milk.

Enjoy!

(Val should be back tomorrow!)

Music Video of the Day: D7-D5 by Blanck Mass (2016, dir by Jake McGowan)


When Benjamin John Power, the man behind Blanck Mass, was asked about this haunting and surreal video, this is what he told Spin:

“D7-D5′ is intended as the second move in a game of chess initially instigated by Manuel Gottsching when he released (and named said release) ‘E2-E4,’ the recording which many believe pioneered techno. The video was made by [my] good friend Jake McGowan, and follows one man whilst he struggles to deal with a flurry of emotions and human states which are common during a battle of any size, including a game of chess.”

For myself, I’ll say that this video immediately reminded me of the work of David Lynch.  Of course, I’m kind of obsessed with David Lynch’s art right now.  Until Twin Peaks has finished its run, I imagine that almost everything is going to remind me of Lynch in one way or another.

Still, this video is almost unsettling as that famous scene in A Field in England, that one that featured Blanck Mass’s Chernobyl playing in the background.  Remember that scene?

Well, unsettling or not, Blanck Mass helps me to focus, which considering the intensity of my ADD, is no small accomplishment!  If not for well-selected background music, I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish 3,000 of the 3,897 things that I have posted on this site!

Enjoy!

 

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:

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: The Chemical Brothers — Hey Boy Hey Girl (1999, dir by Dom & Nic)


Hi, everyone!  Lisa here.

So, as you know if you’ve been following the site, Val is currently having a hospital procedure done so she’s going to be gone for a few days.  Since I love Val’s music video of the day posts, I’m going to share a few picks of my own until she returns!

Hey Boy Hey Girl is not only one of my favorite songs from The Chemical Brothers, it’s also one of my favorite videos.  Admittedly, I could do without the saliva at the start of the film but that’s just because I have a thing about visible saliva.  It doesn’t appeal to me.  But otherwise, I absolutely love this video!

(Whenever I watch this video, I end up staring at my reflection and visualizing what my skeleton looks like.  Usually, I’m impressed.)

This video was one of the many directed by Dom & Nic.  Other videos that they’ve done for The Chemical Brothers: Wide Open, Midnight Madness, Salmon Dance, Believe, The Test, and Setting Sun.

Not a day goes by that I don’t see those dancing skeleton recreated in GIF form.  I guess that’s because I hang out on a lot of horror-themed web sites.

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Clocks by Coldplay (2003, directed by Dominic Leung)


For the longest time, I’ve had a fantasy about the collapse of civilization.

It goes something like this: The Left and the Right in America have finally realized that their true enemy is the deeply entrenched, deeply authoritarian, nonideological government.  The people have finally risen up.  Rioters are in the street, attacking both each other and their oppressors.  With the police proving either incapable or unwilling to try to control the riots, the National Guard has been called in.  Tanks roll down Main Street.  Helicopters hover above burning building.  Disembodied voices announce that anyone caught violating curfew will be shot.  It started with a burning city but now the entire country is on fire.

I see all of this as I sit in back of the limo that is carrying me and a few of my loved ones to the airport.  At first, I feel sad that America is collapsing but, as we get closer to the airport, that sadness is replaced by hope.  As bad as things are, at least we’ve got somewhere else to go.  At least we can start again, hopefully without any of the bullshit that led to the collapse of civilization in the first place.

There’s a private plane waiting for us.  We take our seats.  As the plane takes off, I look out the window and I can see that the tanks and the rioters have just arrived at the airport.  Our plane is the last one to take off.  We are the last ones to escape.  As the plane flies us to our new home (sometimes it’s Ireland, sometimes it’s Italy, sometimes it’s Spain, sometimes it’s an island off in the middle of nowhere), I looked out the window and I see the city burning below.

And, during all of this, Clocks is the song that’s playing in the background.  Seriously, it’s great escaping music!

As for the video above, it was filmed in London, at the Docklands Excel Building.  The audience was largely made up of local college students.  It’s actually a rather simple video but that’s okay.  It’s perfect for the song.

Enjoy!

(Val should be back and handling music video duties tomorrow!)

Music Video of the Day: Only Happy When It Rains (1995, dir by Samuel Bayer)


I’ve been told by more than one person that this song basically is me.  At first, I assumed they were just saying that because both Shirley Manson and I have red hair and people always tend to assume that all redheads are alike.  But then I actually listened to the song and I was like, “I’m only happy when it rains?  I’m only happy when it’s complicated?  My comfort is the night gone black?  Yeah, I guess that does kinda sound like me…”

And then I watched the video, which is basically Shirley singing and dancing in a dilapidated warehouse while the other members of the band destroy stuff in the background and I immediately had flashbacks to when I was going to college and me and my friends would spend the occasional weekend exploring an abandoned and/or condemned building.  And I was like, “I guess this song basically is me!”

This video was directed by Samuel Bayer.  Bayer has directed close to a 100 videos, for everyone from Maroon 5 to P!nk to Nirvana.  Bayer directed Nirvana’s famous Smells Like Teen Spirit video.  And, just by doing quick check, I see that Val has actually reviewed two other videos directed by Bayer: Zombie by the Cranberries and No Rain by Blind Melon.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Won’t Look Back by Duke Dumont (2014, directed by Tim Main)


Y’all are going to have to forgive me.  I am absolutely exhausted as I write this so I’m not going to say as much about this wonderful video as I possibly should.

One the one hand, this video is a pitch perfect takeoff of almost every heist film released since the mid-90s.  From the masks to the guns to the thrilling escape and subsequent chase, Won’t Look Back gets everything right.  Of course, what sets Won’t Look Back apart from other action homages is that it replaces fast cars with pogo sticks and segways.  It’s terrifically amusing and it all works a thousand times better than it has any right to.

This video was directed by Tim Main and edited by Sam Jones.  Pat Scola is credited as director of photography.  All three did an excellent job and have a lot to be proud of with this video.

Enjoy!