April 5, 2021

Runaway by Kanye West

Yes, it’s self-referential Kanye. Yes, it’s half an hour long. Yes, that full version is technically nine songs from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy stitched together. No, none of that matters.

Humble by Kendrick Lamar

Whether he’s dressed as a pope in a cope, sat in Christ’s seat in Da Vinci’s The Last Supper or mimicking a mustard commercial, Kendrick’s award-winning anti-conformist exercise in irony is a glorious middle finger to a streaming age in which music videos gain less traction

Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel

A masterpiece of sculpture ‘claymation’ and stop-motion animation, the video won a record nine gongs at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, as well as Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards

Just by Radiohead

Jamie Thrave was hand-picked by the band to direct this video after they saw several of his experimental short films. Filmed near Liverpool Street Station in London, a businessman lies down in the middle of the pavement. 

I Want Love by Elton John

A single shot of Robert Downey Jr., pre-sobriety, walking through Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, lip-syncing the song. Director Sam Taylor-Wood shot 16 takes of the video, but Elton John insisted that the last take be used because “The way he underplays it is fantastic”.

In Demand by Texas

The late, great, mesmeric Alan Rickman in a suit, comforting lucky minx Sharleen Spiteri in a chauffered Bentley Azure. If this weren’t maddening perfection enough for one video, the car pulls in for petrol and Rickman reveals himself as a milonguero to boot, leading her through a tango on the station forecourt. 

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