…part 2 of music video analysis craziness, or happy Filler Bunny of doooooooooooooom

So, the title says it all. I’m not certain if anyone’s really interested in it, but, ya know, shaaaaaaaaaring like they taught us to do in kindergarten.

 

Bjork. “All is Full of Love”. Homogenic. Elektra Records/EEG, 1997. Music Video. Dir. Chris Cunningham. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Although Bjork’s “All is Full of Love” is visually connected to the 2004 film I, Robot, director Chris Cunningham is more concerned with beauty, revulsion, and transformation. Cunningham, a video artist who has created video art pieces for a variety of musicians as well as movies likeAlien 3, exhibits a preoccupation in his work for sexuality and the erotic while simultaneously seeming to comment on the coldness of the modern, industrialized world, narcissism, the posthuman, and, possibly, the impersonal intimacy inundating contemporary society with its increasing dependence on the internet for socialization.

 

 

Fall Out Boy. “A Little Too Sixteen Candles, a Little Less ‘Touch Me'”. From Under the Cork Tree. Island, 2005. Music Video. Dir. Alan Ferguson. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Alan Ferguson, director of Fall Out Boy’s “A Little Too Sixteen Candles, a Little Less ‘Touch Me‘”, creates a postmodern pastiche of teen movies, vampire mythoi, and pop music which begins with “credits” reminiscent of 40s and 50s horror movies like The Blob and Hammer Film‘s Dracula with a direct visual quoting from the 80s vampire film The Lost Boys whose title references Peter Pan’s band of followers. The video, more of a mini-film than a traditional music video, continues to reference vampire movies and TV shows such as Monster Squad, theBlade movies and series, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, particularly the Wishverse created in “The Wish” (3.9). In addition to the variety of vampire texts available in this video, there are also visual references to A Clockwork Orange while members from other bands appear as characters.

 

 

Fatboy Slim. “Weapon of Choice”. Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. Astralwerks, 2000. Music Video. Dir. Spike Jonze. VH1. 20 Sept 2008.

 

Prolific director, producer, and writer Spike Jonze was the mastermind behind Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” featuring actor Christopher Walken. Although recognizable due to the breadth of his acting career, Walken is most commonly known for his portrayal of mentally unbalanced characters such as Johnny in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dead Zone and the angel Gabriel in the Prophecy series. Yet this characterization is misleading because Walken began his career off-Broadway in musicals. Walken’s background in dance and musicals was used to choreograph “Weapon of Choice” to aid in the creation of a postmodern pastiche that ranges in references from Fred Astaire to the stage and the proscenium screen (4th wall) to silent film comedy and silent film as a purely visual medium to Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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