Jai Paul - "Jasmine" [Unofficial Video]
You wouldn't think that a love song and imagery of the Vietnam war as portrayed in Francis Ford Coppola's classic film "Apocalypse Now" would ever go together - but this Youtube user did a great job of editing scenes from the film and making one of the best fan music videos I have ever seen. It helps that the song is fucking gorgeous. Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" [Official Video - Director's Cut]
MTV refused to air the original director's cut of this video (hence why you have to sign in to YouTube to prove you're old enough to watch this video) - but you can see it in all its glory here. Most of the imagery in the video is taken from the brilliant photographer Joel Peter Witkin - whose work will certainly leave most people uneasy - but the emotion it elicits is undeniable. This is discomfort at its best. Aphex Twin - "Windowlicker" [Official Video]
Nothing like a 10 minute music video that is a smart and incredibly artistic parody of all rap music videos put together. Directed by Chris Cunningham who also did Bjork's "All is Full of Love",
, Squarepusher's "Come on my Selector",
Aphex Twin's other video masterpiece "Come to Daddy",
as well as Leftfield's "Afrika Shox",
which is a bit later in this list, he may quite possibly be the greatest music video director of all time.The other video form Chris Cunningham on this list - his ability to create indelible images with his videos is unrivaled in my personal opinion.
Foo Fighters - "Everlong" [Official Video]
Directed by frenchman Michel Gondry - who went on to direct "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - it's clear that the topic of dreams are an important part of his art. The video is not only fun - but from a creative level - just incredible. His ability to create special effects organically and not rely on CGI as a crutch is uncanny. His other videos for Chemical Brothers "Star Guitar",
- "Let Forever Be",
or even Daft Punk's infamous "Around the World"
are all testaments to this guy's talent. Although its not a music video per se - his Levi's 501 ad that he did that never got aired because it was considered too provocative definately deserves a viewing - and wait for that great ending and pay attention.
The Drill - "The Drill"
This last one is just pure unadulterated fun after all those much more serious videos - but again goes to show - not all club tracks need to have boring or cheesy videos!! Catch Pleasurekraft in Melbourne at Revolver 20/1/13