As we reported last week, Gaspar Noé — the man responsible for the French films Enter the Void and, shudder, Irreversible — has directed the video for the rather excellent new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds single “We No Who U R.” The video is rather restrained by Noé’s standards, but it fits the song beautifully, and it got us thinking about other well-known directors who’ve moonlighted in making music videos. There have been plenty over the years, some triumphant, some rather less so — so here’s a selection for your viewing delectation! Marvel, giggle, shake your head in despair, and then let us know if we missed any.
Tom Tom Club — ”Genius of Love”
Director: Jonathan Demme
An awesome song, and a suitably hypercolor animated video from the man who also bought you uplifting entertainments like, um, Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs (as well as the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense). Demme’s video catches the mood of the song perfectly, tropical and whimsical but also decidedly strange in its own way.