Movies You Can Listen To

Hello again friends, happy weekend to you all! Tonight's entry is going to the realm of film I realize I have unjustly ignored for a long time: music videos. There are so many music videos that match or even overshadow the brilliant songs they were made for. I'm going to hit you with what I think are some of the best examples of visual storytelling and character experimentation set to song. A perfectly done music video is like a singing dream.

A lot of these are old school, because, well -- I'm oldschool dammit. So, strap on your best headphones and let's rock. NOTE: Due to the conglotomania of YouTube a lot of these are VEVO links. If they don't play because they're not available in your country, pleasepleaseplease find them on YouTube yourself and watch them. You won't be disappointed.

iamamiwhoami - t: Directed by Robin Kempe Bergman
Unless you've been living without the internet for the last 2 years, you have probably seen iamamiwhoami's ingenious videos around the net. The interconnected videos tell the story of a woman born in the woods moving into the modern world. This is my take on it though -- as you'll see from this vid and if you watch the subsequent ones on her channel, you can come up with many a theory as to what is going on.

U2 - Lemon: Directed by Mark Neale
Men in their various stages, as depicted by my beloved U2.

UNKLE feat. Thom Yorke - Rabbit in Your Headlights: Directed by Jonathan Glazer
It is worth it to suffer through this video, as we follow a crazed man (or is he?) walking through a tunnel in London. If you are not familiar with this video -- and even if you are, because the wonder of the moment never wears off -- the 4:23 mark is a life-changing shot. Especially if you are currently going through a tough time. You are tougher than the cars. Just watch.

Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence: Directed by Anton Corbijn
Oh where to begin with this iconic video. It's about many things, but I have always believed it's about seeking a place of comfort externally when it should actually come from within. What do you think? Depeche is my favorite band, and while this song is the one "everyone likes" I tend to think people forget about the wonderful message in the video. Anton. Look the name up and you'll find it means: can do no wrong.

Pearl Jam - Jeremy: Directed by Mark Romanek
This video never ceases to stop making the hairs on my arms stand up. It has always stayed so relevant, and so fucking heartbreaking when paired to the music. One of the best, forever.

Bjork - All is Full of Love: Directed by Chris Cunningham
Still one of the most beautiful videos ever made. Robots in love. What more do you want?

Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun: Directed by David Fincher
Like you can't tell it's Dave Fincher! With those big, gorgeous shadows, slow pans and light plays, and that beautiful, voyeuristic camera. Aerosmith's bold track about child molestation got such a wonderful treatment from the man himself.

Massive Attack - Butterfly Caught: Directed by Daniel Levi
The triphop prince of darkness himself, Robert Del Naja, becomes something more than a man. Sensational special effects.

Believe - Chemical Brothers: Directed by Dom & Nic
The technoindustrial nightmare that is "Believe" is insanely well done. It kind of reminded me of The Machinist, not sure why. I need you to believe.

Franz Ferdinand - This Fire: Directed by Stylewar
A sexy song framed with world domination and eyeliner. Soviet constructivist/expressionist style for the last good moments of "hipster rock".

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell: Directed by Norwood Cheek
The comedically creepy interpretation of an afterlife in h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside: Directed by Jonathan Dayton
The beautiful expressionist dream. Worth a watch and a repeat.

Bat for Lashes - Whats a Girl To Do: Directed by Dougal Wilson
A Red Riding Hood-esque run through the woods on a bike with Bat for Lashes. Another bad dream made good.

Cibo Matto - Sugar Water: Directed by Michel Gondry
Could you have the same day as someone you've killed?

This is Hardcore - Pulp: Directed by Doug Nichol
And last but never least we have Pulp, another of my very favorite bands. This incredibly elegant song about the loneliness of pornography is set to the cross-over world of actors who may or may not be living the parts they play. Just gorgeous.

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