This video involves many faces, morphing
from once face to each other, often
around a similar characteristic. This
helped to address all audiences. Godley
and Creme became very famous music
video producers/directors themselves,
making over 100 music videos including
the famous Two Tribes video.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
(1984)The open and direct links to the
nuclear cold war shocked
contemporary audiences and had
great effect. Directed by the famous
Godley and Creme, the song is always
remembered with its video in mind.
Godley and Crème - Cry
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
The outlandish and crude video made
my Missy Elliot features effects from an
enlarged neck that is tracked by the
video and spitting in a member of the
opposite sex' mouth. Disgusting, crude
and a really entertaining video!
Missy Elliot – Get Your Freak On
Pulp – Common People
Colourful, eye-catching, strange - you
wouldn't expect anything less from
Jarvis Cocker. A good song with a
memorable video, despite its confusing
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 u
An excuse to use the contemporary
technology? Seems dated and silly
now, but at the time had a huge WOW
One of the most extremely influential
videos EVER. The sheer display of
emotion. Real. Simple. Effective.
Remembered for the tears on camera
and her shaved head, it worked!
ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You
New Order – True Faith
A very simple video which I, personally,
find highly boring. WHAT IS THIS DOING
Don't try and decipher this video or try
to give it meaning. Its been tried. Save
yourself the migraine. Its abstract
colours and characters make for real
fun viewing. Has no links with the song,
its just fun to watch!
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Has been seen as sexist and degrading
by quite a few, but the provocative
nature of it does bring in an audience.
Suits the song lyrics and is a simple
video, only remembered for its
Another abstract video, as weird as the
singer! Splashes of colour with surreal
black skies give it a futuristic effect that
surrounded the whole decade. It was a
good indicator of what to expect for
the next few years in music videos.
Unfinished Symphony – Massive Attack
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Similar to The Verve's "Bittersweet
Symphony" video. A woman walking
down the street past several incidents
and troubled people.
Perhaps the simplest video ever made,
but its very fun to watch and works
VERY well. Bob Dylan goes through
cards in an alley behind a hotel. Very
low budget, simple and fun.
Bjork – Its Oh So Quiet
Aerosmith & Run DMC – Walk This Way
A fun stereotypical Hollywood set. A
very lively video to match the music.
Enjoyable with lots of choreography
The first "clash of the bands". Two very
different bands coming together to
create a surprisingly good track and a
god music video. Combines the
destructive persona of Aerosmith and
the material desire of Run DMC. Good.
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Perhaps the most explicit and censored
music video of all time. Includes several
female models who partake in
particular activities, including naked
mud wrestling and intimate kisses.
Censored and even banned in a
number of places.
A questionable video which touches
upon vandalism and sheer anger. Filmed
in an abandoned London Underground
tunnel at Aldwych, Keith Flint uses
random movement and fierce looks to
show anger. The use of black and white
made the video 'not suitable for children'
so some television channels refused to
show it before the watershed.
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Outkast – Hey Ya!
A video that uses the favourite
comedic character of 'The Fonz', who
was previously the epitome of the word
'cool'. A simple band playing in the
background with dancing and a
storyline in the foreground. Simples.
A very fun and entertaining
video in which the band
member named Andre 3000
plays all the people in the
band. Good technological
effect and a catchy, fun
Radiohead – Street Spirit
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Simple set leaving most of the enjoyment
to the music. A party gone wild but
encased in a studio. Very famous song,
very famous band, very famous video.
A strange video but entertaining
nonetheless (plus, its sticks in your
head, which is the whole point,
right?) Uses band and a storyline.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Made just a few months before
Johnny Cash’s death, giving it
greater emotional and historical
reference. A cover of a ‘Nine Inch
Nails’ song. Sheer emotional
display, recapping over Johnny’s
A very fun video with comedic
characters, attacking a specific
stereotype. This is very similar to the
video we hope to create, capturing
the seriousness of characters in
order to create humour. Plus . . .
Guns ‘N’Roses – November Rain
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
A very famous song for which
the video has been mimicked
many times, most regularly in the
form of a parody (see: ‘French
and Saunders’). Memorable yet
not too difficult.
100% animation. The Gorillaz
characters were known for many
years as just that, characters. The
mysterious aura surrounding the band
creates for a great video and great
songs. Love both the video and the
song for this one.
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Another simple video that has
been very successful.
Representative of the culture
clash between the north of
England and London. Also
representative of carrying on with
life and pushing through. Simple,
but with deep meaning.
Another video that used
contemporary resources in
effects. Peter Gabriel simply
stands on the spot and sings,
and the effects occur round
Coldplay – The Scientist
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
A very very very clever video.
Everything is in reverse apart from
the singing. It took lead singer
Chris Martin 4 weeks to re-learn
the lyrics, backwards! Very clever
and definitely worth the effort it
must have taken.
A popular video from Beyonce
featuring her (at the time) soon to be
husband Jay-Z. A catchy song and a
lively video that fits very well.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Fat-boy Slim – Praise You
This video was famously made under
a very short time limit set by the
producers. Simple effects that
compliment the song very well. For
contemporary audiences it was
amazing, for audiences nowadays . . .
Its still amazing.
A masterful video by the great Spyke
Jonez. Imitating a community dance
group in front of a local theatre with
purposely terrible dance routines, purely
for the sake of humour and
entertainment. That’s what we like to
see. Inspired our own video.
Queen – I Want To Break Free
Blur – Coffee and TV
A very humorous video from the Queen
boys. Men in drag doing house chores, the
opposite to their everyday lives. Hoping to
include some men in female dress in our
video, purely for humours sake
One of my favourite videos with great
animation. Easy video with little effort from
the band. I would like the band to be
included more in our video however.
Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My
Spice Girls – Wannabe
My favourite song to hate. I despise it. Despite
this, the video did compliment it very well, in
true, regular, Kylie style. Choreography, loose
suggestive clothing. Strutting. Sounds about
A very lively and active video, true to the
Spice Girls way. Each girl has their own
parts and yet they are a group. I like this
feature and may try and include it in our
video . . . Somehow.
Christina Aguilera - Dirty
Eminem - Stan
Sexy. Raunchy. Fully Loaded. All
are relevant to this video. A
strange video displaying the singers
dominance within the area. Active
video for an active song. Good
A good video that goes along with the
story heard in the song. Eminem
playing multiple characters, where
could we have seen that before?
Maybe in every video hes done! A very
versatile video man, lets hope we can
get there too.
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
Aphex Twin – Window Licker
My favourite music video of all time. Shot
in first person which I think is genius, and
is why I will try and include as many point
of view shots in my video as possible. This
video is a bit twisted, confusing and
explicit, but for me, that’s why its
A very very very very very strange
video, but successful nonetheless.
Men’s heads on previous women’s
bodies, its weird. Tackles gender
and the way we see them in
society. That, plus the weird
choreography . . . Its a lot to take
Britney Spears – Hit Me Baby One More
Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson -
Teen video set in a school with
choreography. Simple and boring. I
don’t like it. But hey, it did well and
what do I know. Its very 90’s.
A weird video. The contrasting colours of
the background and the costumes of the
singers mean that all focus is upon them.
Ironically, the black and white is a
reflection on Michael so soon after
vigorous procedures. Its an ok video I
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Madonna - Vogue
A catchy song with lots of
choreography in the videom which is
stereotypical Madonna. Has religious
links. I’m hoping to tackle less serious
issues in my video. At least just for now.
It does use some fun imagery, for
example, the priest using a fire exit.
This video focuses heavily on props
and wealth. Unfortunately, we
don’t quite have the budget to do
something like this, but it is a fun
video to watch, especially with the
black and white effects.
A-Ha – Take On Me
Lady Gaga - Pokerface
Another favourite video of mine.
The clash of cartoon and real life is
very well put together and is
admirable. A great song and a
Lady GaGa or as I like to call her
‘Madonna 2.0’. Strange fashions and a
strong weight put upon costume, means
that all her videos are widely viewed
and acclaimed. This is also gives strong
links to gay community. Choreography
and costume, a good mix apparently.
Fat Boy Slim – Weapon Of
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Another of my absolute favourites.
Uses the famous actor Christopher
Walken in order to widen the videos
reception. Great movement, very
funny and a great song. Love.
Very recent and very well received
across all fields. Choreography, costume
and hair, simplicity, catchy. It has all
these factors. Majorly boosted the profile
of the song and of Beyonce, even
though she was already HUGE in the
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
Yet again another favourite.
Shows how setting doesn’t have
to play a massive part. Simple
setting that toys with the idea of
perception, specifically depth
perception. A definite great
Another strange one, but also
another favourite. This is a very
controversial video, banned in many
countries due to the explicit nature.
Nudity, although it is not seen, and a
stripping down of the body makes
this video extremely different, and
never to be copied again. Well done
Britney Spears - Toxic
This video was top of the charts for weeks, meaning it was
very very very successful. Britney plays a number of
different characters in a number of different situations. The
variation between these characters is huge, with simple
close ups used in some and an actual storyline in others.
The provocative nature of these characters is maintained
throughout. It is al of these features that makes the video
Michael Jackson - Thriller
The longest music video of all time comes in at number
one. The costumes, make-up and all aspects of the
video are impeccable, with a scary horror theme
running throughout. Unusual perfection. Deservedly