“All the dead ends and disappointments were fading from your memory…”
This does my heart good. The success of Gotye, all tall poppy syndrom aside, is wholly inspiring and so incredibly well-deserved. He’s one of the biggest stars in the world now, but is still constantly creating and making great art. The slew of videos that have come out in support of Making Mirrors are a reflection of that – it’s no secret that the Somebody video was/is kind of a big deal, taking out the top spot in our top 30 videos of 2011 countdown and getting nearly 300 million views on YouTube. Although this is a more understated effort – as well as a more understated song, really – it’s still quite a beautiful effort, for one of the best tracks from the album.
For Save Me, Wally de Backer has teamed up with animator extraordinaire Peter Lowey, who was last seen on this site with Art vs. Science‘s great video for With Thoughts video. In it, an animated Wally (presumably) begins as little more than wires and atoms. Over the time of the video, he slowly evolves and develops, growing more of his anatomy slowly but surely. He is growing into a fully-formed human. But something is still missing. It’s a painfully accurate reflection of the song’s ideas and emotions, gorgeously drawn and meticulously created. I think Lowey did an absolutely wonderful job with this – and if that’s the last we hear of Making Mirrors, then it’s a wonderful note to end on.
Ten down, twenty to go. There have been some killer inclusions so far, and the following five is no exception. You want teddy bears? Ninjas? Car chases? Michael Bolton? We got ALL of that shit, right here! Let’s go!
20. Rhys Muldoon – I’m Not Singing
Directed by Natalie van den Dungen
A double-spud for one of Australia’s finest actors and one of Australia’s finest video directors. Both Rhys and Natalie were involved with Darren Hanlon‘s wonderful Butterfly Bones video, and they make their return here to focus on the title track for Rhys’ debut kids’ album. It’s an adorable mini-adventure, following the rockstar lifestyle of a keyboard-and-drums duo making their way to yet another rocking gig – except their roadie keeps nagging them about listening to his album. “I’ve been driving you four years,” he moans. “I don’t know how many times I have to ask!” We should probably mention at this time that the duo are teddy bears, and the roadie is Rhys Muldoon himself. The puppetry is simple, the animated background is sweet and the dancing kids just make this video. Few Aussie clips were this fun in 2011 – and you can only imagine that this would have been the most fun to be a part of. Ahh, Rhys – is there anything you can’t do?
19. Bluejuice – Act Yr Age
Directed by Sam Bennetts
It all started with throwing on robes and turning into a cult that believed that the gaps in peanut butter jars were actually negative space, way back when in 2007. Ever since, Bluejuice have been responsible for some of the most insane dedication to awesome music videos this side of OKGO. So how do they do it this time? Amazingly, they haven’t done something completely insane – let’s not forget that their past videos have including the band jumping out of an aeroplane and learning how to jump rope from scratch. Rather, this just involves the pure gutsiness of Mr. Jake Stone. If you haven’t seen it, I’m not going to spoil it. All you need to know is this: You know that bar that Bluejuice keep setting for themselves and their videos? They keep fucking clearing it.
Read my original blog on Act Yr Age here.
18. The Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton – Jack Sparrow
Directed by Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer
Although Turtleneck and Chain, the sophomore album for Saturday Night Live kids The Lonely Island, didn’t quite hit the mark in the way that their killer 2009 Incredibad did, it almost went without saying that they were going to make one of the best videos of the year. The trio are easily one of the few things that keep people coming back to SNL, and this side-splitter shows exactly why that’s the case. Everything is lampooned, nothing is sacred, and they have no problem in coaxing major celebrities in poking fun at their area of music, either. T-Pain was the generic AutoTune hook, Akon got the squirrel-y hook and now the Godfather of mullety cheese Michael Bolton gets a taste. You can clearly tell he’s loving every second of it, too, as he switches from pirate costumes to his best Al Pacino impression. Killer timing, played just right – The Lonely Island are more than just frat-boy fun. They’re something for everyone.
Read my original blog on Jack Sparrow here.
17. Art vs. Science – Higher
Directed by Dave Budge
What more can we say about Art vs. Science? We bloody love them. They’ve been featured four times, they charted in last year’s countdown with their bombastic Magic Fountain video and they make a triumphant return once again to top off an absolutely sensational year. They dropped The Experiment, their debut album, toured nationally and internationally, rocked the ARIAs with one of the best performances in years and released a selection of great videos. This particular adventure, however, was unquestionably the pick of the lot. It’s easy to imagine the AvS guys as cool dudes, but what happens when they become secret agents that jump out of planes and battle aliens? Whadaya think, dummy? A whole stack of crazy shit goes down – and it’s nothing short of riotously entertaining throughout. Congrats, gents.
Read my original blog on Higher here.
16. Britney Spears – I Wanna Go
Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero
Just throwing this out there, but what a great year for pop videos. Some mild wankery aside, there were some truly sensational clips ruling the charts throughout the year. It’s great to see some major acts doing some tongue-in-cheek stuff, not worrying about maintaining a “rep” or “cred” or whatever – and major kudos has to go to Chris Marrs Piliero, making his second appearance in the countdown after his wonderful unicorn bloodbath with Ke$ha. On this, her thirty-sixth(!) music video, Britney gets delightfully bitchy in a paparazzi stand-off, referencing everything from The Terminator to her very own Crossroads 2. It’s all very wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and you can clearly tell that Britters and CMP would not have had it any other way. Even if you’re not a Britney fan, give the lady some credit for shaking shit up just a little!
Read my original blog on I Wanna Go here.
A very fun segment of the countdown today. Did you enjoy these clips too? Let us know what you think – drop a comment below or shoot an email across to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can catch up on part one HERE and part two HERE. The second half of the countdown begins next week! See you then!
“To give him in return, I made an aeroplane…”
I’m pretty sure this is some kind of record. With the fifth video to be lifted from their album The Experiment, Art vs. Science have been on the blog …let’s see… one, two, three… FOUR times. They are officially the most blogged-about band in Y,WGAV! history! Congrats, dudes – and what a video to hold that record with. Probably the slowest AvS single to date, With Thoughts has been given a fittingly chilled video, which is also probably the only time you’ll compliment one of their videos for their poignancy.
It’s beautifully animated, with flourishes of bright colour and simplistic human figures. It never stays on the one thing, though – it bounces about from transiton to transition with reckless abandon. I particularly love how some of the small blurs can explode into much bigger ideas within the clip. I wish I could give a shout-out to whomever has animated this, but they’re sadly not credited in the YouTube clip! What a shame, I’ll have to chase the guys up about that one. Anyway, thanks for all the great videos AvS! Very proud to have featured your clips on the blog so many times – here’s to 4 more!
“Get a little greedy like Augustus Gloop, vanilla choc-chip, want an extra scoop?”
So, you might not have noticed, but we’re pretty big Art vs. Science fans here at Y,WGAV! These guys continually and consistently keep coming up with the goods when it comes to their videos, and the latest instalment from their killer debut, The Experiment, is no exception. After seeing the boys rock the party with the Yo Gabba Gabba! dudes over the weekend – with a seal and a penguin helping everyone sing along to Flippers – I was surprised to see that they’ve also been hard at work on the fourth video to be lifted from The Experiment. It’s early days yet, but I reckon this one might be my favourite.
You know you’re in for a good time when the opening seconds of your music video are of three secret agents skydiving down onto unsuspecting security guards and knocking the bastards square out. It gets even better from there, as the three skydivers are revealed to be Dan, Jim and Dan themselves! This is the first time the trio have been a central part of their own music video, and it serves them well as they sneak into a black-tie dinner party that happens to be infested with undercover aliens. I won’t give the rest of it away, but it’s a ridiculous amount of fun and the kind of craziness that simply comes part and parcel with AvS videos. Get watching – and dancing.
“Yo, be-bop and rock-steady never won a war!”
More from the brilliant imaginations of Art vs. Science, who have been making significant waves already this year with the release of their debut album The Experiment. Following a completely sold out tour last year, the guys will be back on the road in July playing their biggest shows ever – but not before unleashing this slice of virtual insanity for their new single A.I.M. Fire!
Well, what can you say about this video? If you thought their previous efforts of mime wars, old men with wicked sound systems and medieval battles was crazy enough, wait until you see the stops they’ve pulled out for this one. There’s lazers, tuxedos, singing socks, a dancing robot, kids running in their PJs…a myriad of totally crazy stuff that comes together in this strangely beautiful mess. In fact, the only trend it keeps in touch with their previous videos is the fact that the band themselves only make an appearance halfway through, seemingly manning some spaceship by the sheer force of their electro-rock. Seriously, dude, just watch it. This one is fuckloads of fun.
25. Otouto – W. Hillier
Stunning, simple and classy, I love rewatching this video from one of the best new bands in Australia. The dance routine, similar to the music itself, is very delicately arranged, perfectly synchronized and a complete joy to watch. The best part, however, has to be watching all three band members – Hazel, Martha and Kishore – dancing along with the No Lights No Lycra team and getting the choreography perfect. Now THAT is dedication to one’s art, people! See my original post on the video here.
24. Art vs. Science – Magic Fountain
2010 saw the AvS gents take the throne as the official partystarters of Australian music – a pretty awesome title to have, if you ask me. They visualised this in their second ever music video, Magic Fountain, in which a mad scientist blast some wicked beats through a suit made entirely out of speakers, making everybody dance as soon as they get caught up in the sounds. It’s wildly imaginative and a very fun watch – it’s great to see more Australian acts thinking outside the square with their music videos; and Art vs. Science are no exception. You’ll see my blog on their new video, Finally See Our Way, soon; but for now, you can view my original post on this video here.
23. Katy Perry – Firework
I think this one is all about the context for me. On its own, it’s a visual ode to being different and standing up for oneself. Add in the fact that Perry herself dedicated it to the It Gets Better campaign and it takes on a deeper meaning. It’s not everyday that a mainstream pop star will make such bold sociopolitical statements, let alone promote the idea that being different is something to aspire to. It’s for this reason that I commend Katy’s vision in this video, creating something affecting in addition to being visually spectacular.
22. Kylie Minogue – All the Lovers
Oh, come ON! It’s Kylie, with a bunch of sexy half-naked people making out in a pile. Does this one REALLY need an explanation?
21. Hollerado – Americanarama
One of the great left-field successes of music videos in 2010, this one came from a little known indie rock band looking to do something that was, in their own words, “cheap and fun.” They put together this amazing video with a group of friends and a budget of roughly four grand, and filmed the entire thing in one take. It might seem impossible when you watch it for the first time, but all it took was a little bit of speed changing and everyone managed to get it together. Will this bring them an OKGO-esque level of video notoriety? Guess only time will tell, but this is a pretty fucking great start, don’t you agree?
“And so it was, some motley crew who found it in the night…”
Party-starting synth-rockers Art Vs. Science are gearing up for another big year of touring, dancing and releasing ridiculously catchy songs like this one. Magic Fountain sounds like David Byrne covering The Presets - in other words, fucking bonkers. It’s ridiculously good fun, though, which carries on into the video for the song.
Essentially, the tale told by Dan McNamee‘s spreshgesang vocals is retold visually. The outfit they have given the main non-fountainous character is insanely cool – he’s covered in speakers blaring the bouncing powerdance tunes that blare all over town. It’s part Terminator 2, part Dance Dance Revolution, and 100% entertaining. Be on the lookout for cameos from Triple J’s Alex Dyson as well as the band themselves, groovin’ around as a gang of construction workers. And make sure to catch the band on tour in August – this lot don’t disappoint on the live front.