Today’s music video of the day is the video for the 2nd track off of The Chemical Brothers’s Further. Things pick up exactly where Snow ended, with the woman swimming under water. (The woman is played by Jenny Godding when she’s swimming and by Romola Garai when she’s not.) When the woman emerges from the water, she is treated to a light show that should be familiar to anyone who has been lucky enough to see The Chemical Brothers perform live.
I know, I know. This is the type of music that drives some people crazy. I happen to love it. It’s all about the way it makes you feel and it makes me feel like dancing.
As I sit here writing up today’s music video of the day, the temperature outside is plunging. When I woke up this morning, it was 40 degrees outside. Tonight, it’s 33 degrees and getting colder. This weather may not be good for my asthma but at least it finally feels like Christmas around here! Best of all, it might snow tonight. My plan is not to sleep tonight. Instead, I’m going to sit in front of a window, write, and look for snow.
Living in Texas, I’m lucky if I get to see snow twice in one year. It snowed back in January. Didn’t last for long. It looked something like this:
Photograph taken on January 8th, 2017 by Erin Nicole. This is what we consider to be a lot of snow in Texas. Stop laughing at us, Canada.
Anyway, Snow is not only what’s on my mind but it’s also the title of today’s music video of the day! Snow was the first track off of The Chemical Brothers’ seventh studio album, Further. All 8 of the tracks featured a video directed by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall. Snow‘s dreamlike video features Jenny Godding swimming. Intentionally or not, it reminds me a good deal of Irene Miracle’s surrealistic swim in Dario Argento’s Inferno.
Jenny Godding is also featured on the cover of Further.
Today’s music video of the day is a personal favorite of mine. Then again, just about anything that involves The Chemical Brothers is a favorite of mine.
What is the video for The Test about? That’s a question that I’ve heard asked by several and I’ve read many different interpretations. Some people are convinced that the video is meant to be a recreation of an acid trip, which is certainly a valid if rather simplistic interpretation. Myself, I like to think that this video means whatever you, as an individual viewer, choose to believe it means. Any didactic interpretation, I think, misses the point.
Myself, I will say that the start of the video remind me of Irene Miracle’s iconic dive into the flooded basement in Dario Argento’s Inferno. (To a lesser extent, it also reminds me of the scene in which Asia Argento falls into a painting in The Stendhal Syndrome.) Once the action moves to the beach, the video puts me in the mind of one of Jean Rollin’s cinematic dreams.
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.
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:
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.
Did you know that apparently there are goblins living in London trash bins and that these goblins just love to dance? Well, if you’ve watched the video for The Chemical Brothers’s Midnight Madness, you do!
I have to admit that I was disappointed to learn that this video did not feature an actual goblin. Instead, it’s just a man in a goblin costume. (Oh well. I guess real goblins are camera shy.) When we first see the goblin, he’s played by Daniel Ilabaca. When the goblin starts dancing on stage, he’s played by the Algerian dancer Lilou, a member of Pockemon Crew. Speaking for myself, regardless of who is playing him from scene-to-scene, I just love how happy the goblin is.
This video was directed by Dom & Nic, who have been directing music videos since the early 90s.