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: 4 In The Morning by Gwen Stefani (2007, dir by Sophie Muller)


This may not be one of Gwen’s more popular videos but I like it because, like her in this video, I’m usually up at 4 in the morning.

Of course, in the video, Gwen’s up at four in the morning and looking totally put together because she’s waiting for her lover to return.  They’ve had a fight.  He’s left her.  And now, she can’t sleep.  Not even going for a drive through the early morning darkness helps.

Myself, when I’m up at 4 in the morning, it’s mostly because I got wrapped up either reading or watching something and, for whatever reason, I lost track of time.  Usually, around two, I always say, “I really should get some sleep …. but let’s see what’s on TCM!”  If it turns out to be a classic film noir or an old horror movie, there’s no way I’m going to sleep.

Even worse is when I’m trying to turn off my TV but I accidentally click the button for Netflix instead and, before you know it, I’m watching old episodes of Degrassi: The Next Class.  Then suddenly, I’ll realize that it’s not five in the morning and I’ve spent an hour yelling, “No, Maya!  Zig’s no good for you!” at the TV.  That’s happened more times than I want to admit.

Much like Gwen, I usually react to discovering that I’ve stayed up too late by walking around the house.  Usually, I end up accidentally kicking a wall while barefoot or tripping over a stair.  Once I wandered out in the backyard and somehow managed to lock myself out of the house.  Of course, I was only wearing my beloved Pirates t-shirt and it was like 21 degrees outside so I quickly came to regret not getting to bed at two.

So, my point is, I like this video because I can relate to it.  In fact, I’ll probably think about it a few hours from now, when I realize that it’s 4 a.m. and I’m still awake.

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of The Day: Mr. Brightside by the Killers (2004, dir by Sophie Muller)


Yesterday, in honor of Eric Roberts’s birthday, I shared the video for The Killers’s Miss Atomic Bomb.

Today, I’m sharing the video for Mr. Brightside, which is a bit of a prequel to Miss Atomic Bomb.  Eric Roberts and Izabella Miko are featured in both videos.  The shared theme of the two videos seems to be that Brandon Flowers simply cannot compete with Eric Roberts.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Girls Talk by Garbage, featuring Brody Dalle (2014, dir by Sophie Muller)


I’ve learned from personal experience that you have to be careful singing this song in front of certain company.

This video was directed by the amazingly prolific Sophie Muller, who — as of this writing — is credited with directing 230 videos.  She directed her first video way back in 1987 and is still working to this day.

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Oi To The World by No Doubt (1997, dir by Sophie Muller)


Today’s music video is sure to get you in the holiday mood!

This video is for No Doubt’s cover of a Christmas song by the Vandals.  It’s a pretty simple video, actually.  No Doubt is beating some guys up when they finally get the Christmas spirit.  To be honest, I’ve always imagined that this what a typical day in the life of No Doubt was like.

Anyway, this video was directed by Sophie Muller.  On the IMVDB, Sophie Muller has been credited with directing 222 videos.  She’s worked with almost everyone.

As for the video itself, I just like it because it’s one of those videos that manages to find the perfect balance between sincerity and satire.

Enjoy!