Broken Social Scene: Sweetest Kill
Director: Claire Edmondson
This is one of those ‘literal’ videos. I hate those. What, our song is called 99 balloons, well then, we demand 99 balloons in the video! It sort of kills the idea of what potentially makes this medium work. If every director thought like this, music videos would have sucked overall.
So why I am including a video on this list, if I think the director took the easy way out? Well, one, we don’t think the director took the easiest way out (that would have been to film the band performing), it takes a certain degree of balls to have murder and gore in your video, and to have it used effectively.
Notice how there are no heavy metal videos on this list? Yeah, that is my point. The key words here are used and effectively. And it is quite graphic and quite effective here, to the credit of both Bijou and director Claire Edmondson.
Plus, I am including it because it has Bijou Phillips in it. Come on, there was a time when that woman was sacred. Also, seeing her kill her boyfriend doesn’t even seem like acting to me. She just seems like the kind of woman who would do that. Which makes the video believable and all the more enjoyable for me. It is also creepy how she sings to him before hand, and you can feel the tension building. Like you KNOW this woman has something in mind.
And the award for more likely to kill you than kiss you goes to…
At times, it feels like an indie horror film to me. Low budget but somehow genuine. I just think it works, and is not what you have come to expect from the format. It definitely gets points for that. Plus it gets an extra guy for Bijou. Which is oddly appropriate, because I’m sure she has eaten weirder things than green mushrooms.
Highlight: I did not expect close up, realistic shots when it came to the dismemberment, so that was quite a shocking surprise.
Aphex Twin: Windowlicker
Director: Chris Cunningham.
We begin and we end the list with the granddaddies, Aphex Twin and Chris Cunningham.
Though Windowlicker is on here for a very different reason than Come To Daddy. Actually, that’s not true. Both disturb the shit out of me. Come To Daddy is so unsettling, I can feel in my soul, and Windowlicker is a deep disturbance I can feel in my man-bits. It is more psychosexual than anything else.
How so, you may ask, but shouldn’t. Well, the idea in Come To Daddy was to replace a bunch of kids faces with masks of Aphex Twin himself, Richard David James. Well, in Windowlicker, it is JUST LIKE THAT, except they take a bunch of fairly attractive and curvy woman who they place in rap video like scenarios, yet ALSO WEARING THE APHEX TWIN FACE!
If you are a man and you watch this, your twig and berries literally recedes into your abdomen to hide and recoil in terror. It is one of the few music videos you feel in your genitals for ALL the wrong reasons.
But, it is incredibly creepy and wonderfully disturbing, and that’s why we’re here, right?
But she is a great kisser, so there’s that.
Honorable mention: Skrillex – First Of The Year
Director: Tony Truand
I personally think it’s too close in idea and visuals to Come To Daddy to garner a spot on the list, but anytime we get to see a pedo get roughed up, it deserves watching.
Director: Ray Tintori
It is not the video itself that I find disturbing. The special effects for the ‘monsters’ are so bad, that the video is laughable. What I do find slightly disturbing is what they put this child through for the sake of a music video. I worked counseling young survivors of trauma for over five years, and I can confidently say that this kid will probably grow into a pants-pissing adult as a result of this, even if it is a memory locked away in his subconscious. I will admit, intentionally misquoting Nietzsche as Mark Twain at the beginning of the video is pretty f***ing funny, though.
This is just a start, I could go on and on for pages. Why don’t you guys hit up the comment section and tell us some of your favorite creepy-ass music videos? Please spare us Thriller, though. Tell us about some we HAVEN’T seen. I avoided the easy ones for a reason.