The art of the music video can go horribly wrong incredibly fast. Have you ever seen a Maroon 5 video? Then you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes, the artists and directors have attempted to be so serious with imagery that the body of work actually turns out to be humor rather than drama. What makes it better is that it is all accidental. What we end up with is like a multiple car crash at a major intersection. We can see it coming a mile away and as unpleasant as it may be, we simply cannot turn our heads.
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BANGS’ “Take U To Da Movies”
Let’s face it. Most all modern rap videos are a rappers surrounded by hype men and women with large (well, you know) in front of a luxury car all holding stacks of fake cash and jewelry. Subject matter consists of flaunting their own narcissism and taking out their sexual frustrations through shouting expletives over a drum machine (all while “featuring” someone). The Sudan’s own BANGS takes it to another level of greatness. No description is necessary. Just watch.
Dog Police’s “Dog Police”
Not only did Dog Police title a song the same as their band name, they created an instant classic. In an apocalyptic world, where the human race needs to be protected from danger, we find that we ourselves are the danger we were looking for all along. The YouTube comments are as good as the video. “Trailer park acid music” is my favorite comment.
Dan Seals’ “Bop”
One can find this one still on CMT (Country Music Television) sometimes late at night. The 1980s didn’t just only infect rock music with electric drums and synthesizers, but country music felt the death rattle as well. The synchronized backup singers and keytar make this song and video absolutely fabulous. I guess I’ll just bop.
Whitesnake’s “Is This Love”
The emotionally manipulative melodrama of rock music in the 1980s will never die. Three decades later, the sea of Aqua Net hair spray still lurks in the atmosphere above planet Earth. Intelligent life from other planets have probably wondered what that foggy cloud could in fact be. All of the videos are the same. There is a guy with massive hair, maybe even a mullet. A girl with big hair that would laugh at these guys if they weren’t musicians (otherwise they would just be plain old cross-dressers with trans-gender tendencies). And don’t forget that one outstanding guitar solo that is so over-acted, an Academy Award is in order.
Diamond Rio’s “Mirror Mirror”
What’s better than a room full of guys with mullets? A room full of guys with mullets also filled with mirrors so that we can see the glorious, yet perfectly manicured hair blow gracefully in the wind from every possible angle. Nothing else needs to be said, just give it a try and you too will fall in love with the blissfully awful Diamond Rio.