Pre Y2K Music Videos

Nothing serious today.  Just good ol’ fashioned entertainment.

I rather enjoy music videos.  When I was a wee lad, my brother and I used to stay up really late to watch Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes on MTV back when it was still called Music Television and they had that ad with the guy who sneezed and said his snot made the MTV logo then said, “Fine, I wasn’t gonna show it to you anyway.”  I was always bummed because I wanted to see it.  Wow.  Run on sentences. Rock.

Anyway, Tim and I would take turns being crouched in front of the VCR ready at any second to hit record if a particularly good video played.  Then, like Beavis and Butthead or Wayne and Garth, we’d sit back and give our commentary on the relative awesomeness of the videos.  By the time I was 17 or 18, I had probably six or more VHS tapes chock full of music videos that were missing their first 15 seconds or so but made up for that loss of time by including 15 or so seconds of the next song or commercial.

I get a pretty significant number of hits on this page every time I post something, so my challenge to you readers is to use the comments section tell me about one music video you love and why.  I entertain you.  It’s your turn to entertain me.

Here are ten music videos I love and brief descriptions.  I decided to go with pre-2000 videos this time since those were the formative and most full years of my video watching.  Maybe another time, I’ll do post-2000, as Chip and I and Becky and I used to spend hours watching videos on MTV Hits, Palladia, and a variety of other FiOS channels.

In no particular order:

1.  November Rain  – This video is a game changer.  It is truly epic.  It has live performance elements (which I’m a sucker for).  It has short-film elements.  It has Axl Rose doing his best Elton John.  It has a wedding in a huge church, which when Slash leaves becomes a tiny church and leads to perhaps the greatest guitar solo scene in music video history.  Oh, and it has the most early 90s-tastic trashy wedding dress I’ve ever seen.

2.  Tool Prison Sex – This is just one of many creepy videos from Tool.

3.  In Bloom – This was the first video that I knew was my favorite.  I recorded this to VHS every time I saw it, but for some reason, it didn’t get that much airplay, especially compared to Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are (which I’m not a huge fan of).  This video is awesome.  Kurt Cobain’s face from 1:52 to 2:00 is classic.  His innocent smile as he says “Bruises on the Fruit” right before the video starts getting crazy is awesome.

4.  Big Me – It’s probably already the case that people don’t remember the Mentos commercials where people did crazy stuff and their excuse was that they had Mentos.  I’m not positive, but I think this is the first Foo Fighters video that has them playing a variety of roles.  This trend in Foo videos was solidified with Everlong, but I particularly love Big Me because of Dave Grohl’s face after the kid on stage pulls out his Footos.

5.  Hypnotize  – The start of the “How much money can we spend on a 5:00 music video?” era of rap music, and also the start of Diddy’s random vocal inserts in rap videos.  I just love your flashy ways, I guess that’s why their broke and you’re so paid.

6.  Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See – Briefly, Busta Rhymes was the absolute coolest, and this video shows why.  Seriously, it is awesome.  Busta is fearless and his skill shines.  Flipmode.

7.  Virtual Insanity – How can you watch this video and not think it is awesome?  The walls are moving.  Dude.  It’s awesome.  The song is great, too.

8.  Sabotage – Spike Jonze might be the best ever music video director.  I could have included any  number  of  music videos he  directed, but Sabotage is clearly the most famous, and in some ways the most awesome.  Except, I do like how he did the Drop video…see, I told you Coldplay is unoriginal and boring.

9.  Coffee and TV – Anthropomorphic milk just wants you to be happy.  Must I say more?

10.  Soul to Squeeze – I was oddly obsessed with this song for a while, and the video only made me love it more.  The circus freak show motif was awesome.  Rarely are movie soundtrack videos good by their own right (I dare you to prove me wrong).  This one is.  Typically soundtrack music videos are simply extended trailers, but tells it’s own story.   Chris Farley.  A meloncholy Conehead.  A variety of freaks living their supremely abnormal lives in really normal ways.  I love it.


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