I’d been toying with the idea of a regular feature for a while, and last week, I found the perfect fit over at Ashley’s blog: Get Your Freak On Friday! It’s about music (which is awesome), about “what makes you tap your toes, bob your head, wiggle your fingers, cry like an infant, dance like an orangutan, or want to throw things. You list a song and what you do because of it.”
Now I’m adding in a component here, because it’s impossible when a song is accompanied by an amazing music video not to talk about the video, but this week I came across two of them that were pretty awesome. I’m sure most of you have seen the 10-minute product placement extravaganza that’s being dubbed the “new Thriller“, and I must admit I enjoyed it thoroughly. I love it when pop stars totally defy the conventional, and accompany what sounds like a generic dance floor filler with an 18-rated video comprised of dead bodies, jailbait ladies, nudity, and a Tarantino-esque killing spree. Not seen it yet? Take a peek:
Pretty creepy, no? But then I saw the new Hot Chip video, which pushes the bizarre a little further. If you’re not familiar with Hot Chip, they’re an English, Grammy-nominated indie electro-pop band who brought the world ‘Over and Over’, NME’s 2006 single of the year, described as an “insanely catchy kitchen-sink club-stomper; a rhapsodic, DFA-sized slice of smart pop.” So when I heard the video for their new single ‘I Feel Better’ being described as out-weirding Ms. Gaga, I had to check it out. “What happens when you let comedian Peter Serafinowicz loose on a pop video?”, asks national newspaper The Guardian. Are you sure you really want to know?
Taking a stab at boy bands, a laser-breathing Christ-like figure, and a floating head… you know you’ve got a corker when you can no longer listen to the song without picturing JLS-lookalikes getting obliterated. Brilliantly weird – this was definitely the week for the compelling and the bizarre!