You Should Know
Dir. Gerson Aguerri
Breakbot’s ’70s-ish track stars out with a ’60s pop-arty THE TOUCHABLES vibe, then moves into a more ’80s computer animated look, and while it’s all fun to watch, it’s not all that coherent thematically. Still, it’s good visual fun for a nice low-key track.
Public Service Broadcasting
Theme from PSB
Dir. Robin Brunson
Similar to their previous video but no less entertaining because of it, PSB backs their theme music by inserting themsleves into loads of vintage film imagery, working very well with the Emergency Broadcast Network-influenced sound.
Dir. Daniel Carberry
Another returning artist this week is Ivy Levan, who follows up her bad girl heist video “Hot Damn” with a natural sequel, as our heroine turns the tables on the crooks that captured her. Again, it’s a rare thing when “upbeat” and “film noir” collide so well.
Think of You
Also making a return appearance is MS MR, who moves from alien sex to an inventive and mind-boggling video that begins as a solid retro-styled live performance and becomes a serious visual mindfuck as a boy gets sucked into the television. This is how you do retro while giving it a modern, very new and original look, folks.
Dir. Phil Mucci
A FUNNY GAMES-like situation is made bearable for the histages by the sounds of Five Knives in this video that ended up not being used as the “official” video, but is still a stunner of a piece, from the visually inventive Mucci.
Slightly Left of Centre
Love the Way You Move
Dir. Aaron Mcdonald and Ben Ommundson
The song is a little autotune-heavy, but I can’t argue with an animated video about a robot that learns to funk with the help of some new Soviet shoes.
Dir. Mila Reynaud
For their debut album, the Heathen Apostles (which include The Cramps’ Chopper Franklin) bring the drama with this eerie video about vengeance with some nice vintage touches.
Verdict of the Soul
Dir. Eric Richter
Richter’s straightforward, pretty traditional metal vid doesn’t really do much other thabn bring the black metal dounds of Erimha to visual form, but damn, it does that just fine.
All in the Blink of an Eye
In the guise of a previously-undiscovered internal scientific research film from 1978, Fake Blood has created a nifty homage to ephemeral filmmaking that works well with the ’70s-inspired track.
Dir. Wilmer Valderrama
Oh, right, “That ’70s Show”‘s Valderrama is now directing insane western comic music videos that kind of feel like Das Racist on an uninspired day.
Dir. Alexander van Walsum
A group of scientists take an alien out for a joy ride in this catchy track that’s a little Area 51, a little Studio 54.
Model/actress Ola Ray (FEAR CITY, the Charles Napier-starring THE NIGHT STALKER, and, right, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video) gives a musical tribute to the King of Pop in, er… this.
..and, inexplicably, it’s only the second-most embarassing Michael Jackson tribute video of the month, thanks to Corey Feldman in an amazingly wrong-headed, one-take monstrosity with a Sean Astin cameo. Chiba pointed it out before, but it’s worth sharing again.
Dir. Filip Filkovic Philatz
I don’t think it really works with the song, but Philatz’s vision of a future in which a young woman tries to find pleasure is fully-formed and worth a look.
Dir. Richard Kern
What’s experimental filmmaker Richard Kern doing now? Directing music videos (for a good band) with lots of boobs in them. This development is not surprising.
Dir. Andrew Douglas
Ewan Bremner (TRAINSPOTTING) leads a group of strangers that immerse a young woman (THE HOST’s Ah-Sung Ko) into an imaginary dance number, thanks to a hypnotic light in a store window from the AMITYVILLE HORROR remake director Andrew Douglas.
Rock It Out
Our vintage video this time finds Pia Zadora in a women’s prison (a couple of years after she portrayed a thinly-disguised version of Liz Renay in the women’s prison flick FAKE-OUT) fending off a variety of bad girls and a prison warden, complete with a BLOOD FEAST intro thanks to the Elvira MTV special this video was ripped from.
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