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SenojRetep
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So, I was having a reminiscent moment yesterday, thinking about how much I liked the music video for "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" when it came out. I would watch that music video over and over, and I'm not ashamed to say it (at least, not very much). And when I remembered the video, I remembered all those emotions that went along with being 13 or 14 and on the cusp of life and everything.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about the role that music videos (mostly, but not exclusively, romantic pop) played in my adolescence. I guess you'd call it nostalgia. Maybe I'm weird to be nostalgic about music videos, but there it is.

So which music videos make up the warp and weft of your adolescence? Which ones did you watch obsessively, and every time it meant so much to you. Or you associate with those feelings of wonder and discovery that go along with youth. Or, if your boring and unnostalgic, which are your favorites.

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Paula Abdul - Rush, Rush
Janet Jackson - Escapade
George Michael - Praying for Time
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun
Blind Melon - No Rain
Lisa Loeb - Stay
Guns 'n Roses - November Rain
Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance
Extreme - More than Words

I should probably just go find a site that lists the top music videos from 1988-1994, but I thought it would be interesting to see what other Hatrackers had to say.

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This one.
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Radiohead - Just
The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

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The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie.
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The White Whale
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By far my number one all time favorite music video is:
Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim featuring Christopher Walken

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Lisa
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Counting down my top five:


5. Falco - "Rock me Amadeus"

4. Steve Perry - "Oh, Sherrie"

3. Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"

2. Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"

1. Elvis vs JXL - "A Little Less Conversation"

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Tool - Sober

Weezer - Keep Fishin' (with The Muppets)

Metallica - One

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Look Ma, no edits!

Mad World

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Nearly everything by:
Michel Gondry (See: Star Guitar, Everlong, Around the World, Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground)
Spike Jonze (See: It's Oh So Quiet or the Fatboy Slim video linked earlier)
Bjork (See: Hyperballad)
The Beastie Boys (See: Sabotage)
DCfC (See: Brothers on a Hotel Bed)

There's some overlap (e.g. Bjork & Gondry work together a lot), but that's not an accident.

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The White Whale
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orlox, fantastic video.
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Lisa, I loved "Oh Sherrie" too. That may be because Steve Perry is a cross between Wayne Campbell and Michael Nesmith, two of my favorite guys.

And my favorite music video is this parody on Right Now.

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Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
Talking Heads took my taste in music in a radically different direction in high school. The image of a cube spinning around David Byrne's head never left my mind since I first saw it.

but before that there was the trailer for
Ultima Online 2 with Love is Hell by the Grim Faeries
Which is probably THE music video when I was that age, I used to watch it ALL the time.

S'all I can remember.

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Do "Ultimate Showdown" and the SNL "More Cowbell" skit count?
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They do if mine does.
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I'd say that Ultimate Showdown does, and that More Cowbell doesn't. The first is a video and the second is, as you note, a skit.

I can't get to youtube to link it, but the OK Go video for Here it Goes Again is pretty great. I wouldn't imagine that it's in my top videos of all time list, but then I don't know what videos would be.

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quote:
I can't get to youtube to link it, but the OK Go video for Here it Goes Again is pretty great. I wouldn't imagine that it's in my top videos of all time list, but then I don't know what videos would be.
OK Go - Here It Goes Again

[ December 07, 2007, 08:03 PM: Message edited by: erosomniac ]

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I can't believe I never went looking for the "Mad World" music video.

I'll post a list of my fave videos later, though I swear this is like the third time we've had a thread like this.

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OK Go - Here it Goes Again

Good song. Fantastic video.

Not my favorite, but worth linking

I agree with a lot of the ones posted(Weapon of Choice, One, Sober, Sabatoge...)

edit - whoops, eros beat me to it.

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how bout this contribution?
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Ben Folds Still Fighting It--love the shots with the piano on the beach

Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Incubus - Drive
Korn - Freak on a Leash
Radiohead - Just (seconded)
Weezer - Keep Fishin' (seconded)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane
Weird Al - White and Nerdy
Tool - Parabol/Parabola

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Oh, and as far as simple and beautiful goes, this one tops the charts:

Coldplay - Yellow

And for a great (cute, sad, uplifting) story:

Part I - Moby - In This World
Part II - Moby - In My Heart

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Quiet Riot -- Cum On Feel Da Noiz (or however they spell it)

Devo – Whip It
Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It (seconded)
Radiohead – No Surprises
Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

And that one with the guy standing in the room with all the furniture kind of sliding around him. I can’t think of the guy’s name. I don’t remember the song name. But it was a cool video.

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Indigo Girls - Galileo and Least Complicated

I have others, but I have to leave where I'm at!

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Here's the Guerrilla Radio video. Remember the Gap ads from around the same time?
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Holy crap, how did I forget Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem ?!?!?!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14

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quote:
And that one with the guy standing in the room with all the furniture kind of sliding around him. I can’t think of the guy’s name. I don’t remember the song name. But it was a cool video.
That'd be Jamiroquai, the video is for Virtual Insanity.
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How can we be missing Queen: I Want to Break Free

and

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Oh! I almost forgot RE: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton

[ December 07, 2007, 08:18 PM: Message edited by: MightyCow ]

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Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet (Whitesnake - Here I Go Again)

Was there a teenaged boy during the late 80's who didn't think this would be the best video of ALL TIME!?! [Big Grin]

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Pharcyde--Drop

Everything happens backwards in this video. It would be interesting to know how they shot this.

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quote:
Originally posted by erosomniac:
quote:
And that one with the guy standing in the room with all the furniture kind of sliding around him. I can’t think of the guy’s name. I don’t remember the song name. But it was a cool video.
That'd be Jamiroquai, the video is for Virtual Insanity.
That's funny, because I immediately thought he was talking about the end of Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer.
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quote:
Originally posted by SoaPiNuReYe:
Pharcyde--Drop

Everything happens backwards in this video. It would be interesting to know how they shot this.

The backwards thing reminded me of Enigma's Return to Innocense, another of my favorites.
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I always liked the use of text in The Talking Heads (Nothing but) Flowers
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Nsi05HkXw

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Murder on the Dance Floor

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Not all are necessarily favorites, but ran across a "One-Hit Wonders" list and found some smiles worth linking.
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Blind Melon - No Rain
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
Spandau Ballet - True
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
The Knack - My Sharona
Nena - 99 Luftballons
A-Ha - Take On Me
Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
Huey Lewis & The News - I Want A New Drug

[ December 09, 2007, 03:04 AM: Message edited by: aspectre ]

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Nik Kershaw - The Riddle

When you say music video, that's what i think. Before my time, but my kind of music.

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Oh I forgot to add one of my all time favourites;

Love Is All

The song was written by Roger Glover for the "Butterfly Ball" album, which was a musical adaption of a picture book. The voice for Froggy is done by Ronnie Dio. I'm sure some of you are familiar with it. If I had the means I would link to a Youtube file, but I'm hoping that somebody else will do that in my stead.

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I can't believe nobody has mentioned this one.

Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins.


Also, "No More I Love Yous", by Annie Lennox.

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DMB: Crush and Space Between

White Stripes: Hardest Button to Button and Seven Nation Army

Keane: Crystal Ball

Gogol Bordello: Start Wearing Purple

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I'd never seen the video for Seven Nation Army. That is too cool.
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It mesmerizes me.

Also I was going to mention Interstella 5555 but eros beat me to it.

Jack Johnson and Coldplay reversed vids: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing and Scientist


More Jack: Breakdown and Taylor

Chemical Brothers : Let Forever Be

LCD Soundsystem: Daft Punk is Playing at my House

Which is inspired by one of the greatest of all times: Around the World

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Tonight, Tonightby the Smashing Pumpkins (Seconded)

Thriller by Michael Jackson. That's one I can't believe no one mentioned.

Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie

Thirty-three by the Smashing Pumpkins

Pagan Poetry by Bjork (WARNING: Certain images are not for the squeemish.)

Closer by Nine Inch Nails (WARNING: Explicit lyrics, disturbing images.)

The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails

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quote:
Originally posted by Flaming Toad on a Stick:
This one.

Now I finally got why this is funny!
[ROFL]

[ December 09, 2007, 03:30 PM: Message edited by: Pegasus ]

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Hurt: Johnny Cash

Shock the Monkey: Peter Gabriel

Once in a Lifetime: Talking heads

Twist in my Sobriety: Tanita Tikaram

Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson

Sharkey's Day: Laurie Anderso

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Mute Math's Typical is another reversed video that's fun. [Smile]
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OK GO - A Million Ways to be Cruel
OK GO - Here it Goes Again
Evanescence - Good Enough
Lacuna Coil - Our Truth
Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

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I'm Impressed -They Might be Giants
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Currently, Finger Eleven's Paralyzer is one of my favorites.
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Jason Webley - 11 Saints
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quote:
Originally posted by SenojRetep:
quote:
Originally posted by SoaPiNuReYe:
Pharcyde--Drop

Everything happens backwards in this video. It would be interesting to know how they shot this.

The backwards thing reminded me of Enigma's Return to Innocense, another of my favorites.
When I heard "everything happens backwards" I immediately thought of Mute Math's Typical. Awesome video, awesome song.

I sort of assumed they were like singing backwards or something, so when they play it backwards, they sing it forwards but the actual movements are all backwards. Otherwise I don't have a clue.

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