This week’s top stories about music videos.
There are true cinematic gems in the world of music video clips. Some stand out for their technique, art or narrative. This week we bring you some of the stories that have fascinated me the most within a music video.
Michael Jackson (Thriller)
The classic not be missing. For many, it is the best video clip in history and since 2009, it is part of the National Film Registry of the United States. A cultural treasure.
Sing (My Chemical Romance)
In 2010 MCR released an album that according to the band was not conceptual but…it was. The first two video clips they released set us in a post-apocalyptic future controlled by the pharmaceutical industry and the Killjoy and a girl who are part of the resistance are presented. Shortly after, the videos Gerald Way, the band’s vocalist was in charge of launching a comic in which the story of the videos are followed.
To get the hang of it, I recommend you watch the “Na Na Na” video first. The one that I present to you next is the second single.
Moth To A Flame (The Goastt)
After Friendly Fire, Sean Lennon teamed up with Charlotte Kempt Muhl and they formed “The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger,” which resulted in a couple of albums and some video clips of which “Moth to a Flame” highlighted as “interesting but strange.”
Our interpretation is the following: it is a story in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by cannibal women in which patriarchy and capitalism are in danger of extinction.
Lady Gaga (Merry The Night)
Lady Gaga has great stories in her videos. Let’s remember for example Paparazzi, where a story of revenge and murder is told, and Telephone, the second part in which Gaga gets out of prison and helps Beyonce with her revenge.
Merry the night is a short, surreal and visually interesting autobiography. Gaga explains it well in her opening monologue: “it is as if my past were an unfinished painting and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly spaces and make it beautiful again.” Oh yeah.
Sean Lennon (Dead Meat)
Sean Lennon (yes, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), released his album Friendly Fire in 2006, and with it, a 43-minute film that includes all the songs. The album was inspired by his love affair with actress Bijou Phillips and the conflict generated when she cheated on him with his best friend, who died shortly after in an accident.
The film explores love relationships and how Stormy they can be, as well as trying to generate a dialogue with what death means and the experience of grief (both of love relationships and for the death of loved ones).