Groovy music videos (YouTube Saturday) – Part 1

Yep, it's THAT time of the week again!

Em here. Paul has asked me to compile this week’s YouTube Saturday, mostly because in amongst our preparations for Bristol International Comic and Small Press Expo prior to today, I’m the only one who had an idea about what we could post up.

So, here’s my first 5 favourite music videos. They’ve been chosen by me because either a) They have their own narrative b) They’re visually interesting or c) all of the above.

I Don’t Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me) is performed by Marilyn Manson and directed by Paul Hunter. Taken from the album Mechanical Animals, it’s a delightful critique of 1990s American society, which still holds true today for just the US, but much of the developed world.

Feels Just Like It should is performed by Jamiroquai and directed by Joseph Kahn, taken from the album Dynamite. Now, I bet when you think of Jamiroquai and music videos, you’d go straight to thinking Virtual Insanity, but he’s had plenty of singles since that 1996 hit. Feels Just Like It Should is visually interesting and pairs up well with the lyrical content of the song.

Laura is performed by the Scissor Sisters and the director is sort of unknown. Taken from their self titled first album, there are actually two music videos for this single. One was a more music hall number with a dancing pair of scissors and then there’s this version, which I suspect was put together for the single’s re-release in the UK. It kept its music hall elements, which reflect the instruments that back the track.

Love Rollercoaster as covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, director unknown. The video was created for the song’s cover as part of the soundtrack to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in 1996. Perhaps one of the first music videos that I remember, it wasn’t until I was in my teens that I realised the, err, subtext of the video. This song will definitely be a part of Paul and mine’s playlist at our wedding reception.

The next and final video for Part 1 isn’t for the easily offended…

Nine Inch Nails: Closer (Uncensored) (1994) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Directed by Mark Romanek, this Nine Inch Nails video is one of the most surreal and bizarre videos you’ll probably ever have the chance to watch. Closer was originally from the album The Downward Spiral and was quite controversial when it was originally released.

Here ends Part 1, check back later for Part 2.


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