Friday Night Videos, y’all!
(Or, “This is the way the week ends…”)
At their best, music videos aren’t just commercials; which is to say, like advertisements, they can be works of art in themselves. The fact that they can be only tenuously-linked to (or even entirely-divorced from) any pretense to narrative or context only increases the imagery’s dreamlike potential for unsettling and powerful free-association.
I can take or leave the song up top – it’s decent post-Shadow stuff, but it’s not all that memorable to me, though I appreciate its commitment to old-fashioned squall – but that video is something else, isn’t it? (NOTE: I recommend watching it, and the videos below, fullscreen/HD if possible).
“Just look at that sky. It’s a work of art! Ha! Nature never knew colors like that…”
This is what you want; this is what you get.
Anybody seen the movie the footage below is taken from? Worthwhile? It makes a heck of a music video, that’s for sure.
(The song was also used in Miami Vice.)
(WARNING: SOME LANGUAGE AT THE START):
“Mommy, can I go out and kill tonight?”
Slinky electropop (why is it always better when the singer sounds bored?) + Misfits nod + lovely (if slightly disturbing) surrealism from Fuco Ueda; what’s not to love?:
Sweet dreams, kiddies!