Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Music videos 29

42 Radiohead: “Karma Police”
Another excellent Radiohead video. Here creeping, claustrophobic fear is replaced by fiery revenge. Perfect Radiohead fodder that fits with the snarling tone of the song nicely. Directed by Jonathan Glazer.

41 Guns n’ Roses: “November Rain”
This is how rubbish-but-a-little-good rock music is done, dooods. Darkness, I'm looking at you. The main thing that I remember about this video is that you could watch the first few minutes, nip down to the shops, walk back, boil the kettle, and be sitting down with your cup of tea in time to catch the last couple of minutes. That and Slash's (Slashes? Shlashes'?) awesome swooping-shotted guitar solo outside the church.

We swoop into the top 40 with possibly the best video ever next time.

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Blogger Jenny said...

Normally I do not watch the music videos you post, I guess because I don't want to put in the time commitment, but I happen to like both of these songs, so I watched them.

I really don't get what is happening in the Radiohead video...maybe because I was IMing with a friend while watching, so maybe I missed some important parts.

November Rain is my favorite GNR song, but the video is fairly boring.

As a latecomer to your blog, can you tell me why you post these videos? Or what is your selection process? Because I'm not sure I am making any sort of connection. I tried to go back in your archives to see where it started, but just couldn't find it. I did, however, find an awesome picture of Simon! :)

12:35 am  
Blogger swishfish said...

I'm not sure that the Radiohead video has a coherent plot, it just seems to be a torture and revenge story. Whilst I'm not a big GNR fan, the complete over-the-top lunacy of November Rain does appeal to me.

The list of videos doesn't come from me, but from a music magazine. Here's the initial post. I thought that, as there was a wide range of videos, it might be interesting to post them here. I agree that it is difficult to make a connection, as it is clearly a "list by committee" with everyone pushing their niche favourite. I have probably only really liked 15 of the first 50. It has, however, allowed me to see videos by a range of artist that I might not have otherwise.

I'm going to do a more personal set of music posts when the videos are done, and after that I may come back with my own video posts picking up the ones that I think they have missed.

8:48 am  
Blogger Jenny said...

The over-the-top-lunacy of November Rain in the video or in the song? I'm not sure whether you mean that you like the song by virtue of the ridiculousness of the video or what. But I will remark that it is a fine song.

9:35 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

Both. The song is good, but you have to admit that it massively over-the-top.

9:57 pm  
Blogger Jenny said...

I will give you that the video of November Rain is massively over the top, but I don't know if I can concede the same thing about the song...maybe I just enjoy it too much. I will admit, however, that when I am listening to it (especially if it comes on the radio while I am driving), I do have a tendency to space out during parts of it.

Anyway, I forgot to mention that I met post-communist, flower-loving Dr. Kool today! She would prefer if I called her Anne-Marie, which is probably why she doesn't teach at Princeton...she simply must be more formal in order to truly "make it." I did not mention to her that you think her subject of missiology was fake, as she would probably be quite sensitive about it (I assume this because she obviously is trying to make up for the hard realities of Communist life by surrounding herself with flowers. This is clearly a move a sensitive person would make).

10:11 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

She already has the C for K switch in Kool to make her sound more communist, so she has all the ammo she needs. She should drop "missiology" take up arms dealing, and bin the flowers. Dr Kool would be an ace Bond villan.

10:16 pm  

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