I love music – you may have read me saying that before…
But with music comes the obligatory music video. Some of them are artsy, some of them are crap and some of them are pure brilliance. Here’s Five Music Videos You Need To Watch Right Now.
Now, before I begin, these aren’t ranked. These are just a list of music videos that are absolutely superb.
Five – Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
It’s important to remember that this came out in 1996… This… 1996. I was still shitting my pants back then. And for those of you that want to make a joke about that, I’ll have you know that I’ve not shat myself for… some… quite some time.
It starts off with an almost Jive-like piece of music, along with a seemingly impossible slide towards the camera. There and then, you know you’re in for a treat.
The song isn’t too bad either.
Four – Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way
By The Way was my introduction to Red Hot Chili Peppers, and… well, other than a brief listen to Californication every now and then, I never really got into them. I did, however, get into this music video.
One of the band members is recognised by their taxi driver, who proceeds to take them on a kidnapping ride through LA.
It’s fun, it’s quirky, and the taxi driver thinks he’s got moves… which, back then, he probably did.
Three – Coldplay – Up&Up
I’ve had a fondness for Coldplay and their music videos since I listened to Viva La Vida and first watched The Scientist. The latter, along with Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall were in contention for this list… But then I discovered Up&Up. It’s a great video, truly artistic. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you watch any of these videos, please, make it this one.
That said, I’m not sure what I think of the song. It’s not their best work, but accompanied with that video… I think I could get into it.
Two – Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2U
Now, I’m going to start by saying that I don’t like this song. I know, I know, boo hiss, burn the witch, all that crap…
That said, you have never seen a more beautiful portrayal of sadness unless you’ve seen Jeff Rawle’s Amos Diggory from Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire. Or, maybe in contention, Joplin Sibtain as Neil Chahal in Safe, in a scene that I neglected to mention in the review, to my shame.
Nothing Compares 2U is a beautiful song, and I can recognise that whether I enjoy listening to it or not.
One – The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Despite being a pretty sad tale of alleged copyright infringement and legal musical matters, Bittersweet Symphony is a truly magnificent song. It’s also a magnificent video, as frontman Richard Ashcroft, who I first heard of thanks to Science Of Silence, walks down a London street, to hell with whoever is in his way.
Now, that’s a dick move, but it makes for a great video, and whilst I also found amusement in the Fat Les parody for Vindaloo, back in 1998, my heart belongs to Bittersweet.
So they’re the five. I hope you enjoyed them – if you think there are any music videos that people need to see, comment below, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, and you never know… We might just make a part two!