I miss old MTV. I know, I know, every child of the 80s/90s complains about this; music videos are dying out, reality is all people watch, kids these days with their tubeyouing and their kiking and tweetering blah blah blah! I’m old, I get it. I know that music videos are still being created, but they are now spread online rather than on TV being played in a loop with presenters that are either awkwardly too young or a pathetically too old for the viewers. It’s probably a good development, except for the fact that I don’t really see any videos anymore. It’s gotten to the point where I forget that the music I listen to might have a really elaborate and interesting video to go with it.
MS MR – Hurricane
I happened to stumble upon the video for Hurricane, a song I was really loving this spring and the video was so interesting and super creepy. When it was over youtube’s suggestion boxes covered the screen, and in my bewildered state each one seemed to scream “LOOK AT ME! I AM ALSO QUIRKY AND WEIRD! love me…” What more had I missed?! I proceeded to watch video after video and thought I would share a few of my favorite finds below
Passion Pit – Carried Away
This is such a fun video and it hits home with anyone who has ever said or heard something that can’t be taken back. So pretty much anyone who has been in a relationship that’s lasted longer than a couple weeks!
alt-J – Breezeblocks
I am really into alt-J, they have a very unique sound (says the person with no musical knowledge what so ever, please feel free to call me out on that) The video is very dark but it’s worth to watch all the way through..
Rhye – The Fall
A bit on the fence over this video, but I’m going to choose to see it as being applicable to all genders and to represent general anxiety over ageing, especially in a relationship… so it’s not just to represent an old dude’s gross repressed Lolita fantasy. Because then it’s a bit depressing. Nice song though!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Another dark one, and admittedly I had seen it before but it’s so powerful I had to include it. And I have a special place in my heart for Lily Cole from my earlier painting days. The painting below is still one of my favorites even though it was made way back in 2005! It’s based on a photo from shot by Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, which I adapted to suit my style at the time. I would love to paint this again to see how my style has changed over the decade I have spent painting portraits.
Let me know of any peculiar videos or interesting bands you have found in the comments!