Sooooooo close to the top 10. I’m probably pissing a LOT of you off now. Apologies if that’s the case – just spreading this out as smoothly as I can. Anyway, we’ve got five more videos before we crack the top spots – you in?
15. Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Directed by Mat Whitecross
Love them or hate them, Coldplay have been responsible for a stack of definitive videos over their time as a band. Chris Martin running across the beach in Yellow, Chris Martin doing everything in reverse in The Scientist, the specatcular athleticism of the late Barbara Moseley as the band played on in The Hardest Part, the stop-motion superhero glory of Strawberry Swing… I could go on. They continued this with the breath-taking clip for Mylo Xyloto‘s lead single, which mixed street-art and Strawberry Swing-esque stop-motion with a myriad of sparkling bright colour. It might be trivial and childish of me to adore this video purely for the pretty colours and whatnot, but I love this video purely on the basis of how it looks and how it makes me feel. Can you really ask for much more?
Read my original blog on Every Teardrop is a Waterfall here.
14. Battles feat. Matias Aguayo – Ice Cream
Directed by Canada
At this point of proceedings, you should probably know that I have absolutely no fucking idea what this video is about. I could give you some long-winded drivel about how it’s a metaphor for something or other and how the appearance of X next to Y clearly means Z… but I just can’t. By no means am I an anti-intellectual, and you, dear reader, are free to read into this video from Battles (their second in the countdown, yay!) as much as you want. All I can tell you is that I have no idea what all of this means. I just happen to think that it’s a really fucking cool video: a blur of warped imagery, absurdism, abstract art, obscure references to other artists and New York-style pretension. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s something out of a million nothings. It’s nonsensical sense. It’s Ice Cream.
Read my original blog on Ice Cream here.
13. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – Mustang Ranch
Directed by Bill Stevenson
Sometimes, a story is so utterly wild and ridiculous, that it just needs to be told. Such was the case with big-band rockers Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, who decided to recall a particularly wild night on a road trip from Salt Lake City to San Francisco on their latest album, Scandalous. Of course, they couldn’t re-enact the whole thing when it came to making the video, so bassist and video director Bill Stevenson decided that the story still needed to be told – and lo, it would be a hilarious animated romp like none other in 2011. Sure, there may be some embellished truths within this clip – was there really a rabbit fucking a chicken in the front yard? – but these sort of things assist in making the clip all the more entertaining. The crude animation adds to the charm of the whole thing, and assists in gaining repeated views – every time, cracking a smile without fail. More, please!
12. Foo Fighers – White Limo
Directed by Dave Grohl
Let’s not bullshit about here: If there’s one thing the Foo Fighters have know, currently know and always will know, it’s music videos. Three official clips were made for tracks from the band’s return-to-form, Wasting Light, including a roughly-shot Rope and a Revenge of the Nerds-esque adventure for Walk. There was no question as to what the pick of the lot was, however, as the band delivered their best video since the Jack Black-starring and highly NSFW Low, back in the early 2000s. What more could you ask for in a video? There was Lemmy pretending to drive a limo! There was Dave Grohl in a COPS jumper! There was Nate Mendel on rollerblades! The whole thing looks like it was shot on an 80s camcorder! This is utterly daggy perfection, proof that even arguably the biggest contemporary rock band in the world still couldn’t bring themselves to be taken fully seriously. The triumphant return of Pat Smear, making his first video appearance since Everlong, was a nice touch, too. Footastic.
Read my original blog on White Limo here.
11. Totally Unicorn – Daddy’s Stabby Surprise
Directed by Mikey Hamer
Here it is, folks. The most wildly inappropriate video of the year. Not the best, not the smartest, not the most thought-provoking…not that it sets out to be any of those things. No, friends, this is just the most NSFW of all the NSFW videos released in 2011. Full-frontal nudity – non-stop, I might add. Lots of alcohol. Lots of dudes with their clothes off. Some weird, sexual shit going down. Did I mention the non-stop nudity? And it’s all within less than 2.5 minutes. Now, that has GOTTA count for something, hasn’t it? It’s been a really killer year for the Totes guys, and it’s been a fucking wild ride watching them throughout 2011. Of all they achieved this year, however, probably none of it quite matches up to this pure dick-wiggling insanity. And that’s not downplaying everything else they’ve done – it’s up-playing this killer video.
Read my original blog on Daddy’s Stabby Surprise here.
Home stretch, dudes! Let’s wrap this fucker up… on the 30th. Sorry, I hate to be a dick but rulez is rulez! In the meantime, the normal business:
That’ll do for now. The top ten drops next Monday!