Remember when MTV used to play videos? And when the video was more than just another vehicle for an artist's creative expression? Too bad the M in MTV no longer stands for music, hell, I don't know what the M stands for now. Mediocre? Middling? Moderate? Mannoying? (I made that last one up, all you loser Hills fans can suck it!)
Anyway, YouTube is the new music television, and here's my 20 favorite videos of the year. Enjoy! (PS - you don't have to watch them all. But you really should...)
20. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around.../...Comes Around
Uhhhh, Scarlett Johansson? Mmmmmm... You may want to watch this one alone, if you know what I'm saying. YouTube won't allow me to embed it, so click this link to watch.
19. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life
18. Band Of Horses - Is There A Ghost?
There's this theory I recently read about that if you sleep on someone else's pillow you will dream their dreams. If they've slept on that pillow enough it can leave a psychic imprint and you'll pick that up. Watch and learn...
17. Jens Lekman - Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
Apparently Jens has his pilot's license. And the Swedish countryside is beautiful, no?
16. Alanis Morrissette - My Humps
Anyone who makes fun of The Black-Eyed Peas is cool in my book.
15. The National - Apartment Story
14. Menomena - Wet & Rusting
This is obviously a spoof on that old Van Halen Right Now video, but with the premise that it's Menomena's last day on Earth. If Death comes a-knockin' you best not answer the door...
13. Spoon - The Underdog
One continuous shot. I wonder how many takes to get this perfect?
12. Feist - 1 2 3 4
11. Beirut - Elephant Gun
10. Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
LSD is so 1969...
9. Iron & Wine - Boy With A Coin
8. Modest Mouse - Dashboard
A sea shanty she isn't, but Isaac Brock and Co. really make it look like one.
7. The Shins - Australia
Set them free!
6. St. Vincent - Jesus Saves, I Spend
I was once a Boy Scout, so this vid resonates with me. If they had those merit badges, I may have stuck around and made Eagle Scout...
5. Bloc Party - Flux
"If your right hand is causing you pain, cut it off, cut it off..." Power Rangers never were this cool!
4. Menomena - Evil Bee
3. Grizzly Bear - Knife
Creepy and beautiful, like the old man from Family Guy...
2. Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothin' (Alternate Version)
If Zach Galafiniakis and Will Oldham were gangsta-ass farmers, you'd watch their hi-jinks, right? Do yourself a solid and watch this one, even if you skipped all the rest.
1. Menomena - Rotten Hell
This is one of my biggest childhood fantasies played out in slow motion. No, it doesn't involve a threesome with me, Daphne (from Scooby Doo) and Barbara Bach (Daisy Duke from The Dukes Of Hazzard). Menomena is by far the best "video band" of the year, with three songs in the Top 20.
So there you have it. Twenty videos ranging from weird to creepy to beautiful to WTF to funny and back again. '08 has some work to do if they're going to outdo last year...
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