Back in the 90s, MTV and VH1 didn't show half naked drunk idiots trying to sleep with each other or teenagers getting pregnant. They actually showed music videos and some of them were amazing! We invited our good friend Anthony to come up with his list of the Top 10 Music Videos of the 90s. Here's his list!
10. Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
When lead singer Anthony Kiedis was frustrated looking through reels of directors and seeing the same old thing over and over, he came across French fashion photographer and director Stéphane Sednaoui. His raw, calculated, and black and white style was exactly what they needed to give this song and the personality of the band an honest and appropriate visual. Plus, a silver-painted Flea in horn covered pants is pretty cool on its own.
9. California Love - Tupac featuring Dr. Dre
Take the creativity of director Hype Williams, two of the most prolific rapper/producers in the history of the Hip Hop genre, and put them in a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic setting and you officially have one of the best videos ever! The only way this video could get any more bad ass is if Tina Turner and Mel himself were in it!
8. My Name Is - Eminem
We met this king of controversy, by him introducing himself. With the release of his first single, we saw an amazingly unique and talented rapper who was completely unafraid. This first look was just a glimpse into his genius, and for lack of a better phrase, "gigantic balls". The song and video took on every bit of American culture with an honest and playful humor. I'm sure that now that the world has mostly embraced him, Eminem is still saying, "Thanks for the support, A**hole!"
7. Drop - Pharcyde
A lot of people may not remember or may not have ever known the Hip Hop group, Pharcyde. But, if there is only one reason to respect them (which there are certainly more than 1), it is because they performed an entire rap song backwards. Spike Jonze directed this creative and groundbreaking video and had the group work with a linguist so that they could perform the song backwards and then replay the footage backwards. What we are left with is surreal eye candy that is just as fun to watch today as it was then.
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Angry, noisy, sweaty, foggy, disheveled, confused, apathetic, sarcastic, unapologetic, grungy, and for some reason featuring an old Janitor; this video is all anyone needs to understand what was going through the minds of everyone who watched MTV in the early 90s. And if you don't understand after watching it, "Oh well. Whatever. Nevermind."
5. Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
If you're ever in a room and all of the furniture starts moving, it means one of three things; 1. You dead grandmother is haunting you from beyond the grave 2. The guy that gave you "something for your headache" actually gave you acid or 3. You are Jay Kay, the lead singer of Jamiroquai and you are dancing and singing in a room that is literally moving around you. Hopefully it's number 3, because those pills did nothing for my headache.
4. Street Spirit - Radiohead
"I can't believe Radiohead made a creative and strange video!", said no one ever. The beauty of actual film speeding up and slowing down, takes a relatively minimal setting and creates a hypnotic video that entrances just as much as the song it is for.
3. All Is Full Of Love - Bjork
It is impossible choose a best video from Bjork. But, if it has to be done, this stunning and daring robotic same sex love scene makes a powerful statement with a delicate subtlety. Director Chris Cunningham was able to take the instructions from Bjork, which were merely that it is about lust that feels like heaven and should be white, and created a robotic kama sutra masterpiece.
2. Lucas With The Lid Off - Lucas
Lucas is relatively unknown to many, this song being his only Top 40 single. But, when it comes to the music video, he had something truly unique. Picture a one take single shot with a moving camera and moving set that was choreographed like the Charleston dance that would accompany the jazz sample being use in the song. It seamlessly mixed the old and the new and created a bouncy feeling like the bubbles he described bubbling up in the hook.
1. Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Ever watch a music video and wish it was a TV show? Well, everyone who saw this in the 90s wished it was every TV show. A fake 1970s cop drama that simultaneously asked and answered the question, "should I grow a mustache?". The answer is no, because there is no way you are going to make it as recklessly cool as The Beastie Boys...not even you, Tom Selleck.
Well there you have it ladies and gents! This is the Top 10 list we got from our friend Anthony. We agree with some, but our list would probably be quite different as well. What would your list be? We'd love to hear what it is in the comments below!
So thanks for reading and until we see you next time. GEEK OUT & GAME ON!