music videos

The History of the World in 15 Music Videos

Even before the advent of videos, pop music did a decent job of educating the youth. As Bruce Springsteen sang on “No Surrender,” he and his fellow baby boomers “learned more from a three-minute record” than they ever did in school. The Boss is a sharp guy, but had he come of age in the MTV era, he’d be about a hundred times smarter. … Read More

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A Guide to All the Gratuitous Product Placement in Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video

Nicki Minaj and her team deserve a Clio Award for the ad they just made for asses. But the “Anaconda” video also serves as an advertisement for many other products, some of them officially linked with Minaj and others that may signal new deals. Let’s delve in. … Read More

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How the Hell Did Lady Gaga Think Her ‘Do What U Want’ Video Was OK?

By now you’ve likely seen clips from a certain music video that are floating around online. A female pop star is lying down on an operating table, presumably naked under a white sheet. Her doctor, looking as club-ready as a surgeon gets, reaches under the sheet. She moans at his touch, and he notes that the medicine must be kicking in. Soon she is passed out, at which point a gaggle of women wearing discount-store slutty nurse costumes come into frame. The nurses party around and on top of the unconscious pop star in a most ostentatious manner while the doctor watches. At one point cooked lobsters are waved like puppets amidst her limp limbs, while a tower of shrimp hovers near her exposed breast. Another nurses mounts the singer’s lifeless body and humps her in a cartoon jack-rabbit way, easily a foot separating their genitals. Meanwhile, the singer, seemingly off in a dream, is writhing around in a dress made of tabloid clippings, in a room wallpapered in more press rumors. A photographer is there, shooting her as she poses, eventually in nothing more than loose newspaper pages. At one point she humps the air for little reason at all. … Read More

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The “NSFW” Trend Is Killing Music Video Creativity

It starts innocently enough, with a roomful of satisfied concertgoers chanting for “one more song” and a yellow smiley-face flag fluttering against a clear blue sky.

Then things get dark — literally and figuratively — as the sun goes down and the drums kick in. Suddenly, together Pangea’s “Offer” video shifts to the debauched world of nightclubs and hotel after-parties, and at 1:10, right before the LA garage trio starts shotgunning Buds, a girl goes wild, as those DVDs used to say, and flashes her breasts. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched the best music videos of 2012. We made a list of 12 things to do before the world ends. We saw everything wrong with The Avengers in three minutes. We discovered that HBO’s corporate website is in desperate need of a design update. We wanted to buy this nail polish that helps support a sanctuary for bats. We looked back on Christina Aguilera’s biggest fashion fails on The Voice. … Read More

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A Wonderful Music Video Featuring 200 Parody Album Covers

Parenthetical Girls are a fantastic, bizarre, and grossly under-recognized, avant-pop band from Everett, Washington. We’ve been fans of theirs for a while, so we’re excited to see that their incredibly clever new music video is attracting some attention. The clip for the catchy, glitchy, semi-absurdist “I Need Nothing” is simply a point-of-view shot of a guy browsing in a record store — but the records he’s flipping through are mock-ups of real album covers, decorated with the lyrics to Parenthetical Girls’ song. Watch the video after the jump, then click through for a gallery to get a closer look at some of our favorites of the 200 handmade covers, and see which ones you can identify. We see Led Zeppelin’s debut and London Calling and New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies and… … Read More

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Music Video Genome Is Like Pandora for Music Videos

Casey Pugh, who describes himself as a “creative technologist,” whipped up the Music Video Genome service in a weekend. The site is basically like Pandora for music videos, or a personalized, streaming MTV, if you will. “I called it Genome because it’s not that simple to match music videos to real songs. Most… Read More

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10 Excellent Pre-MTV Music Videos

To commemorate the space shuttle Atlantis’s return from its final mission, Boing Boing posted the music video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” It’s a great and weird clip, featuring Bowie as a retro-futurist, silver-clad astronaut gyrating through space. And he’s also ground control, which you can tell because he’s wearing a red baseball cap that says “GC.” Then there are some girls with big hair, who don’t appear to be astronauts. Anyway, it got us thinking about how much we love stumbling upon music videos from the days before MTV, when the medium was new and unpolished. Ten of our favorites, including everyone from the Beatles and the Stones to ’60s French pop and Devo, are after the jump. … Read More

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