Music Video of the Day: Setting Sun by The Chemical Brothers, featuring Noel Gallager (1996, dir by Dom & Nick)


Hey, do you remember when MTV used to show music videos and they were scary as Hell?

That’s certainly the case with Setting Sun, an early Chemical Brothers video that is either a celebration of dancing or a portrait of someone who has been possessed by a demon. Maybe it’s both. The video made me want to both go to a rave and go to Confession. So, all in all, I’d call this one a success.

The girl in the video is played Lexi Strauss. This video was one of many Chemical Brothers videos to be directed by Dom & Nick.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: The Darkness That You Fear (HAAi Remix) by The Chemical Brothers (2021, dir by RUFFMercy)


Another version of this song and this video (also directed by Ruffmercy) can be found here.

It’s always a good day for something from The Chemical Brothers.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: The Darkness That You Fear by The Chemical Brothers (2021, dir by RUFFMERCY)


Any time that we have a new music video from The Chemical Brothers is a time to celebrate. From the video’s YouTube description, here’s what Tom Rowlands has to say about the song: “The Darkness That You Fear is a hopeful piece of music. When we found the combination of the different voices worked set to the flow of the music it made us feel optimistic, like it was something we wanted to share.”

And here’s what director Ruffmercy had to say about the song (also taken from the video’s YouTube description): ““When I first heard the song I immediately connected with the theme and the overall positive vibe. New government rules for relaxing lockdown had been announced and combined with the sun shining, it left me feeling positive about the forthcoming summer. It also triggered a strong sense of nostalgia that led to me going back to look for visual inspiration from the period in time when I first discovered The Chemical Brothers in the mid ’90’s. The video combines archive rave footage from the mid to late 90’s with hand painted Super 8 film textures and hand drawn animation. I love using colour to create chaos and evoke emotions and this was the perfect project to do that.”

What’s left to say other than: “Enjoy!”

Lisa Marie’s Top 10 Songs of 2019


10) All Of My Friends Are Rich by UPSAHL

9) Got To Keep On by The Chemical Brothers

8) You by Adi Ulmansky

7) Unglued by Big Data

6) Sisters by Saint Motel

5) Live Forever by Big Data (feat. MNDR)

4) Sky Kisses by Kedr Livanskiy

3) Eve of Destruction by The Chemical Brothers

2) Van Horn by Saint Motel

1)  Drugs by UPSAHL

Music Video of the Day: Eve of Destruction by the Chemical Brothers, featuring AURORA and Nene (2019, dir by Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith)


Oh hell yeah!

From The Chemical Brothers, here’s the video for the lead track off of No Geography, Eve of Destruction!

Judging from what AURORA and Nene have to say on this track, it would appear that the world is on the verge of ending.  Humans minds are simplified.  Sacrifice is justified.  We can’t afford the water.  But maybe — just maybe — you can find a friend to dance with for the weekend.

And really, that’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it?  Things are frequently terrible but at least you can still dance.  So, what are you going to do?  Sit around and whine on twitter or are you going to get out there and dance and at least enjoy the eve of your destruction?  Because seriously, if the whole world’s going to end anyway, you might as well have a good time before your turned into ash and wiped off of the face of history.

Fortunately, judging from this video, it does appear that we do have a plan in place in case the world gets attacked by vaguely goofy kaiju.  So, there’s at least one reason to be optimistic.

Anyway, I love the Chemical Brothers, I love this track especially, and I am totally in love with this video.  AURORA and the Chemical Brothers are exactly what the world needs right now!

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Star Guitar by The Chemical Brothers (2001, dir by Michel Gondry and Olivier Gondry)


I love trains.

Well, to be honest, I love trains in Europe.  One of my fondest memories of Italy was riding the train to Venice.  And, when Jeff and I were in the UK last year, I discovered that I absolutely loved the London underground.  Everyone told me that I wouldn’t but I did.  Of course, I also usually took a Dramamine or two before boarding so I was often kind of out of it.

Outside of the DART train in Dallas, I’ve never really spent any time on any trains in the United States.  To be honest, I’m always a little bit shocked to discover that Amtrak is actually a thing.  A few years ago, I read an article where someone was complaining that people in the South and the Midwest don’t ever use Amtrak and, as a result, we don’t ever elect politicians who understand the importance of funding the trains.  To be honest, down here, we really don’t care about Amtrak.  We all own cars and we know where the highways are so we don’t need the trains.

As for this video, Michel Gondry put it together from footage that he shot while riding ten different trains across France.  Gondry carefully edited the footage so that, while appearing like a seamless journey, the landscape changes in time to the music.  It creates a wonderfully dream-lie and surreal atmosphere, one that reminds me of Gondry’s later work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Got To Keep On by The Chemical Brothers (2019, dir by Michel Gondry and Olivier Gondry)


A new music video from The Chemical Brothers?

One that’s directed by Michel Gondry?

One that features a lot of dancing?

Of course, I love it!

That said, the video starts out so exuberantly but then it takes a bit off a strange turn about halfway through, which really shouldn’t be a shock considering that we’re talking about Gondry and The Chemical Brothers here.  While I wouldn’t go as far as to call it body horror (because no one appears to be particularly horrified), it still definitely feels as if our dancers taken a trip into the world of David Cronenberg.  Fortunately, things work out in the end.  They always do.

As I stated above, this video was directed by Michel Gondry, who will always have a place in the hearts of most cineastes for directing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Enjoy!