March 25, 2009

Songfacts Top Ten Videos

Songfacts asked their readers to pick their top ten favorite music videos.  To see which ones came out on top check here.

This is my favorite out of their selections:


"Sledgehammer" is a celebration of modern animation. Award winning animators The Brothers Quay used claymation, pixilation, and stop motion to give life to a plethora of normally inanimate objects. Never mind the technical stuff, the video is just fascinating and entertaining from beginning to end, from the model train encircling Gabriel's head, to the dancing chickens, to the singing fruit sculptures. The filming of the Gabriel stills for the video required him to lie under glass for 16 hours. The ending features Johnson and Gabriel's friends and family, the entire team of animators and a whole slew of ever-shifting furniture. It's all fascinating and fun, and impossible to look away from.

The technical stuff, of course, is important. This video has plenty to offer. In 1987 it won nine MTV Music Video awards. Nine. That record held for 21 years. I am apparently not the only person to love this video, MTV says it is the most played video in the history of the station, and is considered MTV's #1 animated video of all time."

6 comments:

Sean Coleman said...

Bruce Bickford was doing that with Frank Zappa in the mid 70's, although his clay-mation videos were pretty disturbing. As usual, Frank got there well before anyone else.

Jeff said...

Buddy Holly by Weezer is probably my favorite video on there. It mixed fantastic music with one of the greatest shows ever. I'm a little disapointed The Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight" wasn't on the list. That was always one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

Southern (in)Sanity said...

I would have only had three of their top 10 on my personal list - and Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" would have been higher than #6.

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rock and roll history said...

Sledgehammer was am amazing video.
But the Beastie Boy's "Sabotage" makes me laugh out loud every time i watch it. I'm surprised that it wasn't on the list.

Unholy_Diver said...

Of the ones listed, I think Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" is the best. You can never go wrong with Christopher Walken, IMO.
I'm a big fan of the band Tool, and their videos are simply amazing to watch. Most are done in a claymation style and designed by lead guitarist Adam Jones. They would be my favorite videos.

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