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29 Brilliant Music Videos

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Music has always been an excellent source of inspiration. Particularly if you are stuck with some problem you can’t find a workaround for, a beautiful song can give you a new perspective, let you see the problem from a different angle. And sometimes it’s just useful to make a break — for instance, watching some music videos.

In this post we present some unusual music videos for your monday’s coffee break. Some of the videos are thought-provoking, some of them are funny and some are bizarre. While many of them are well-known, you’ll probably find some videos you’ve never watched before. The videos all perfectly to the music which is being played in the background. Hopefully, everyone will find something new and inspiring for himself/herself. Please notice that you might need to watch some videos at least twice to get the idea behind them.

You might want to read the descriptions of the videos — they are provided below every link. The screenshots often don’t reveal that much about the videos they stand for.

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Unkle – Rabbit in your Headlights
What is this guy whispering? Who is the guy? And what is he doing in the tunnel? You need to watch this video till the very end. You won’t be disappointed.

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Jason Forrest – “War Photographer”1 (2005)
These freaking vikings are both cool and strange. But it doesn’t make them less sympathetic. And they can play both on drums and guitars pretty well.

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Bat for Lashes — What’s A Girl To Do3
00:38 is the best moment in the history of music videos. Well, this one is kind of scary. Hares driving on the bicycles and clapping their hands at the same time? A masterpiece from the year 2007.

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Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow
Probably one of the most beautiful music videos ever made. There is no need for words. Watch it.

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Rob Dougan — Clubbed To Death5
Incredible editing and directing. So symbolic, so powerful.

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Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries7
What about a music video which is made with thousands of 6-sided dice? Exactly. And the music fits perfectly.

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Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”9 (1995)
The video for this song was shot using different film frequencies, allowing various actions to unfold at different rates within the same frame. The emotional effects of this practice range from silly to unsettling. Try not to watch this video too many times; it begins to feel a little more disturbing each time. [Jeff Shreve]

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Sia – “Breathe Me” (Quicktime)
The production of this video clip took several thousands Polaroid photos. The result is… at least unusual.

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Citizens Here and Abroad – You Drive and We’ll Listen To Music11
Jason Koxvold’s video pairs crashing cars with crashing guitars. Rock. Very well executed and perfectly edited. Must see.

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Moby – Porcelaine
Such a beautiful song. One of the videos you are amazed about once, and you never forget again.

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The Strokes – You Only Live Once13 (Imeem)
With a Hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all? Directed by Warren Fu.

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Arctic Monkeys – A view from the afternoon (Quicktime version)
A song about a passion and unstoppable willingness to do what you love. Simple, yet so effective.

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“Glosoli” – Sigur Ros15
“Glosoli” depicts a young drummer boy gathering up the other denizens of what appears to be an adult-free utopian land, and leading a revolution to freedom. So beautiful and so touching. Don’t miss the last scene.

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The Avalanches – “Frontier Psychiatrist”17
This is freaky. Sometimes the most obvious concept for a video also turns out to be the best. The ghost choir is the best. Except for the nightmarish old-man turtle, of course.

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Royksopp – Remind Me19
We’ve featured this movie already, but it’s worth mentioning it in this post. You can watch it dozens times and still not catch everything. A day in the life of an average working Jill, broken down into its minutest component parts. The unstated joke: mankind has erected immense, resource-devouring systems of almost incomprehensible complexity just so you can sit in your cubicle.

Typography in Motion20

Blur – “Coffee & TV”21 (Quicktime22)
Actually, this song is about a dancing milk carton. However, its adventures are funny, cute, but with a pleasing streak of cruelty. The milk-carton protagonist even has its own fan site23.

Music Video Screenshot24

Boards of Canada: “Dayvan Cowboy”25
It’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the grainy, existential pulchritude of this thing and completely miss the cheeky self-reference. So, um, where can one surf in Canada? Directed by Melissa Olson.

Music Video Screenshot26

Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
That’s weird. And that’s what makes it special. A pixel-based video clip.

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Daft Punk – One More Time27
Probably one of the most colorful animated music videos of all time. Daft Punk, one more time.

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Xploding Plastix – Joy Comes In The Morning29
A music video about the world we live in and the world we’d like to live in.

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Unkle – Eye For Eye
A haunting track with a creepy animation, which won an award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Nasty weirdness drops from the sky and then moves on.

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Vitalic – Poney
Flying dogs in light of a laser and in slow-motion. Nobody has ever done something like this before.

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OK Go – Here It Comes Again

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Justice “D.A.N.C.E.”
Sometimes even T-Shirts can speak. For instance, in this music video. “D.A.N.C.E.” was nominated for “Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. On the first of November Justice received the “Video Star” award at the European Music Awards in Munich.

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Radiohead – Just31
What could the man on the street possibly have said?

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Prodigy – Out Of Space33
Prodigy’s “Out of Space” is probably one of the weirdest videos ever created. Welcome back to the 90s — this is how some videos looked like then. The song which was * for the whole generation.

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The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony35
A video everybody has seen. And everybody would see again.

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RJD2 – Work It Out
This guy just want to have some fun with his crooks and his skateboard. A one-shot-video from 2007.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  2. 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  3. 3 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  4. 4 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  5. 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMq4akUZr8c
  6. 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMq4akUZr8c
  7. 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  8. 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  9. 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPX3u0XJzKM
  10. 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPX3u0XJzKM
  11. 11 http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=748883
  12. 12 http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=748883
  13. 13 http://thestrokes.imeem.com/video/YG-iSIQn/the_strokes_the_strokes_you_only_live_once_music_video/
  14. 14 http://thestrokes.imeem.com/video/YG-iSIQn/the_strokes_the_strokes_you_only_live_once_music_video/
  15. 15 http://www.emichrysalis.co.uk/quicktime/sigur_ros/glosoli/index.php
  16. 16 http://www.emichrysalis.co.uk/quicktime/sigur_ros/glosoli/index.php
  17. 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  18. 18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  19. 19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  20. 20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  21. 21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  22. 22 http://www.tongsville.com/cinemahtml/blur.html
  23. 23 http://www.milkyfan.com/
  24. 24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  25. 25 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  26. 26 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  27. 27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFaNXsNIXp4
  28. 28 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFaNXsNIXp4
  29. 29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  30. 30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  31. 31 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA
  32. 32 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA
  33. 33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7edztkuz5o&feature=related
  34. 34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7edztkuz5o&feature=related
  35. 35 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Po8uJeoUw
  36. 36 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Po8uJeoUw
  37. 37 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA
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  1. 1

    Thanks for this! We were searching like idiots for the song writer and title of Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow. Finally I can put it on my favourite songs list!

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  2. 2

    Brilliant collection.
    Now get Rob Dougan’s ‘Clubbed to Death’ on there ;)

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  3. 3

    Nice collection. I like especially Royksopp – Remind Me .

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  4. 4

    David Hildreth

    January 21, 2008 9:01 am

    Great collection. Though I’m a little surprised, not a single Spike Jones video?

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  5. 5

    Just a bunch of EMO trash.

    -7
  6. 6

    Maybe I’m just getting too old ( I barely recognize the names of the artists mentioned ), but personally I’m all for keeping record production costs – and thus album prices – down by forgoing expensive & extravagant video clips. IMHO they rarely contribute anything to the artistic value and more often than not the prohibitive costs have to be repaid by the artist to the record company. Horror stories are all over the web …
    Just release your album privately without signing future earnings away, promote it by vigorous touring and the usual suspects on the web ( YouTube, MySpace etc. ).
    Pay your dues and build a fan base solely on your artistical prowess instead of trying to get rich & famous overnight. Selling a mediocre album based on the false promise of an over-engineered video clip will get you nowhere in the end.
    The crux of the matter is : can you sing & play any good live ?

    Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ll take this :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWOIeXzHLrs

    over any example mentioned in the post above anytime …

    -3
  7. 7

    it’s missing Otherside by RHCP, which is pretty a proper excercise of style

    2
  8. 8

    I usually enjoy your “Monday Inspiration”, but this list is pretty random, IMHO. This said, I’d like to add some more:

    Massive Attack – Teardrop
    The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
    Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
    some videos by Tool, especially “Schism”

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  9. 9

    Very surprised Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” wasn’t included.

    -1
  10. 10

    Daniel Holter

    January 21, 2008 2:08 pm

    The Sigur Ros video is possibly the most stunning visual I’ve seen online to date. I blogged about it back in 2005.

    GREAT list, guys!

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  11. 11

    Sweet selection!

    I did a similar post on my blog a while ago:
    10+1 Nice music video clips

    My selection was:
    1. Pearl Jam: Do the Evolution
    2. Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar
    3. Timo Mass ft. Brian Molko: First day
    4. Gym Class Heroes: Cupids Chokehold / Breakfast in America
    5. Bob Marley feat. Lauryn Hill: Turn your lights down low
    6. Kylie Minogue: Come Into My World
    7. The Prodigy: Smack my bitch up
    8. Missy Elliott: Teary Eyed
    9. Michael Jackson: Thriller
    10. Smashing Pumpkins: 1979
    10+1. Harvey Danger: Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitt

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  12. 12

    We’re missing some Chris Cunningham vids in there…

    Bjork “All is Full of Love”
    Leftfield “Afrika Shox”
    Portishead “Only You”
    Aphex Twin “Windowlicker” & “Come to Daddy”

    to name a few…

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  13. 13

    awesome collection!

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  14. 15

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    January 21, 2008 8:02 am

    Very cool. Now in Smashing Videos. Good collection.

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  15. 16

    good list. it really is.
    but i can’t help but always feel a little bit giped after the monday inspiration.
    aren’t you guys do for a super-duper best of 2007 MEGALIST?!

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  16. 17

    Great stuff! Surprised that TOOL videos aren’t included. They are really peculiar.

    0
  17. 19

    Dustin Brewer

    January 21, 2008 8:37 am

    The bat for lashes video is so weird, everytime I see it posted somewhere I have to check it out because it is so strange.

    1
  18. 20

    I like Fat Boy Slim – Weapon of choice and Slash dot dash not is really good too!

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  19. 21

    Another cool collection.
    RJD2 – Work It Out helped me a lot this monday…thanks!

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  20. 22

    uh…some of these aren’t amazing at all.

    1
  21. 23

    I know it’s always difficult to pick a shortlist and you’ll always miss something but, I think it is a bit of an oversight not to include anything from Michel Gondry on the list. Something like Hardest Button to Button is genius. Especially since the video from Fujiya & Miyagi seems a little to close to White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl”.

    1
  22. 24

    I’m just glad your RSS feed has the categories in it. I will now filter “Monday Inspiration”.

    -1
  23. 25

    wrong link at RJD2 (linked to ‘just’ by radiohead instead)

    0
  24. 26

    One of the best video’s ever is also from the prodigy, but probably not suited for this list due to it’s R-rated content… here in the Netherlands the clip was only shown after 11pm due to its graphic nature, all this aside it’s a very good clip… The song I’m talking about is ‘Smack My B*tch up’…

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  25. 27

    Add this
    Bjork – Anything!
    Portishead – Glorybox
    Jamiraquai – dude have style, no?
    Beasty Boys – Any old skool videos with fake moustach and polyester trousers.

    1
  26. 28

    Great collection and a lot of good bands and music.

    Two radiohead videos plus Thom Yorke/Unkle.

    Anyone knows where the quotes in that song come from??? Just a little quiz…

    0
  27. 29

    Evandro Guedes

    January 21, 2008 11:41 am

    GREAT COLLECTION!!

    ps. the hi-res link of “Unkle – Rabbit in your Headlights” is broken!

    0
  28. 30

    What about Linkin Park… I really like their music and their videos. A lot f art on both of them.

    -1
  29. 31

    What??? Star guitar is not on this list??????????

    2
  30. 32

    Excellent Choice!
    Thanks

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    • 33

      true that. u definately have a talent for sifting out excellence.
      time 2 improve the page however & get rid of the lost or unavailable links…

      0
  31. 34

    again, good collection

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  32. 35

    Where is Tool?

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  33. 36

    some additions:

    Björk | Bachelorette
    Peter Gabriel | Sledgehammer
    Pearl Jam | Do The Evolution
    Johnny Cash | Hurt
    Aphex Twin | Come To Daddy
    Foo Fighters | Everlong
    Metallica | One

    2
  34. 37

    Yeni Setiawan

    January 21, 2008 2:12 pm

    I agree that “Where The Wild Roses Grow” is a great song with great video clips. I watch it many times when first time I saw.

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  35. 38

    What? No Paranoid Android by Radiohead? Brilliant cartoon music video.

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  36. 39

    Awesome list guys!

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  37. 40

    This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING collection. Definitely the best post so far!

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  38. 41

    It is OK go – here it GOES again ;)

    2
  39. 42

    White Stripes, Fell in Love with a girl (Lego animation) and The hardest button to button (clever duplication of band and equipment)

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  40. 43

    This list is very good.

    I was making a video web site for a while but gave up. During testing I packed it with a load of cool videos.

    There are still quite a few there, it’s at http://www.vidplayr.com

    Some of the best ones I found were:

    Alex Gopher – “Child”
    Air – “Sexy Boy”
    Bjork – “Triumph of a Heart”
    Royksopp – “Remind me”

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