I watch a lot of music videos these days. Most are ancient, but
sometimes newer ones sneak in as well. Here are some cool ones I
(re-)discovered last month, mostly thanks to MTV Germany. Yeah, it
- Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme (2003)
- Lots of catchy dancefloor classics came out of the 2000s and this
is one of them. Cookie sings her vocals into a funfair's PA
system. The result sounds implausibly good. Pretty sure the video is
- Gorillaz - El Mañana (2005)
- Rediscovered this classic. I am still fascinated how Gorillaz
music videos are instantly recognizable by their unique blend of 2D
and 3D animation and the impressionist colour palette.
- Tony Di Bart - The Real Thing (1993)
- Not a remarkable video, except for the funny way that Tony fades
in and out of the frame while dancing with the charme of a computer
science student / used-car salesman. But man, that song really burnt
itself into my mind. I can't stop humming it.
- LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex (1991)
- Computer graphics is my passion. Corny and presented with
questionable taste. That goes for both the track and the video. I
- Mikolajewicz - Ernte 23 (1999)
- Budget: 0%. Tomfoolery: 100%. I wish
- Mouse on Mars - Distroia (1999)
- Mouse on Mars might have been Cologne's coolest musical duo in the
1990s. This video is made of anxiously jittering mannequins and
edited in a way that makes it even more tense.
- piri & tommy - on & on (2022)
- Cute drum & bass, made by cute people. Super catchy. The video is
a gem as well.
- Klaus Beyer - Die Glatze (1982)
- Lalalala-lalalala-lalalala-la!! Fun fact: an upload of a
version features a comment by James Hyman who was directly
responsible for scheduling the videos on MTV's legendary “Party
Zone” in the 90s.
- Sensorama - Echtzeit (1995)
- Before the dot-com bubble burst, there was a short period where
Germans produced engaging ambient music. Some built their music on
technical sounds (Oval)
influenced by the rapidly evolving technology and the internet,
while others (such as
Voigt) incorporated a classical touch. Sensorama lies somewhere
inbetween: the soundscapes are not overtly technical, although it's
not traditional ambient music either. To me, it sounds like
something you'd hear radiating around liminal spaces. The music
video picks up on that feeling and follows pieces of laundry through
their solitary life.
- Future 3 - The Boy From The West Bronx (1996)
- Slice of Life, very pretty and calming.