GRINDHOUSE GROOVES – THE LATEST IN PSYCHOTRONIC MUSIC VIDEOS!

This time on Grindhouse Grooves, we’ve got an ass-kicking Tom Hanks, two former child stars, wild animation and more!

BUCKWHEAT GROATS
TOM HANKS
DIR. JARED LAPIDUS AND BUCKWHEAT GROATS

Sure, throwing a faux Tom Hanks into a ridiculous (NSFW) rap video about how badass he is awesome, but even better is the behind-the-scenes treat – the man behind the computer generated Hanks head is actor/writer Shade Rupe, the writer of “Dark Stars Rising: Conversation from the Outer Realms!”

THEE OH SEES
THE LENS
DIR. ALEX THEODOROPULOS

Animator Theodoropulus gives a very Yellow Submarine vibe to his tripped-out vision of the Thee Oh Sees track – which makes sense, as the song itself is very Sgt Peppery. Good stuff!

ODONIS ODONIS
ORDER IN THE COURT
DIR. LEE STRINGLE

If you’re looking for something heavier, Stringle’s wildly psychedelic work based in art history may be up your alley. The song sounds like vintage Claw Hammer. (That’s a compliment.)

MOUSTACHE
INVASION (JUDGMENT DAY REMIX)
DIR. HUGO RAMIREZ AND OLIVIER PATTE

Invasion from Moustache on Vimeo.

I’m not quite sure if this is an official music video or not, but it is a dandy animated short, a moody-yet-high-energy tale of an otherworldly invasion via an alien food object that makes great use of color and, I think, may use parts of Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS for inspiration.

JOHNNY CASH
SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT
DIR. JOHN HILLCOAT

A new Johnny Cash music video? The use of images of the Man in Black haunts this beautifully-lensed video, a cover of the David Allen Coe track recently released on a new collection, from the director of THE PROPOSITION and LAWLESS.

MR. LITTLE JEANS
GOOD MISTAKE
DIR. IAN AND COOPER

A trucker tries to stay awake in the middle of the night in this atmospheric little ride that’s more tone than plot, but it’s still a compelling work that compliments the moody track.

FREDDY SCOTT
THIS IS A TRENT REZNOR SONG
DIR. CHRIS AMICK

Trent Reznor’s been responsible for some amazing music and accompanying videos, so it only makes sense that they’d be ripe for parody – and Scott’s is pretty damn good. Needs more genital mutilation, though.

BEAT ASSAILANT
RUN
DIR. JEAN-BAPTISTE LEFOURNIER AND CAMILLE BOVIER LAPIERRE

Beat Assailant – RUN (Official Video) from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier on Vimeo.

A bank heist goes foul (as bank heists tend to do)… or does it? in this very cinematic video for Beat Assailant’s solid rap track.

KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES
BORN TO DIE
DIR. HYLAS FILM

The films of Alejandro Jodorowsky were referenced in the making of this ambitious video. There’s certainly a lot of visually interesting stuff going on, and it all works well with the Shrines’ psychedelic-garagey track.

ANATOPIA
WHERE IS TOM
DIR. ZOE D’AMARO AND MARCO DELLA COLETTA

The search for Tom, everyone’s MySpace friends, is the subject of this well-made video that feels like a mix of film noir and ‘80s new wave that embraces its own goofiness.

SCARY CHERRY AND THE BANG BANGS
CHERRY BOMB
DIR. GREG FROST

You can’t go wrong with a version of “Cherry Bomb,” especially one featuring FREDDY’S DEAD star Lezlie Deane and her band Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs in an energetically low-rent video.

DANIEL AVERY
DRONE LOGIC
DIR. JOSHUA LIPWORTH

There’s an uneasy voyeuristic feel to Lipworth’s repetitive video for Avery’s techno track, as though we’re watching filtered security camera footage that keeps careful track of the actress on screen.

HOWLING BELLS
SLOWBURN
DIR. LEXI KIDDO

A vintage film look gives a tweak to Howling Bells’ groovy song, though I wish there was a little more going on.

COREY FELDMAN
DUH!
DIR. TANNA FREDRICK

Corey Feldman has had it with people telling him stuff… or something. It’s no “Ascension Millenium.”

BILL MUMY
WHAT I GOT

Now, if you want former child actors that actually are capable of putting a song together… Okay, so the low-key folkish song doesn’t actually seem to match up with the visuals, which resemble a cinematic take on a Cars video, but still, Bill Mumy!

MEL BROOKS
HITLER RAP
DIR. MEL BROOKS

In 1983, a Mel Brooks novelty rap about Adolph Hitler that wasn’t even part of the movie it was placed on the soundtrack to, reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart. It was a crazy time.

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