I know, we’ve been prying your eyelids open Clockwork Orange-style and making you watch vintage music videos all day, but indulge us one more time, please, as we give thanks to the music gods at Pitchfork for drawing up this list of 100 Awesome Music Videos, and for including YouTube links to every last one of them. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily the best or most innovative (though plenty of those videos are included here), just videos that are fun to watch.
If anything, it’s a pretty strange list. There are clips here that even the writers hate but seem to have included out of sheer perversity (Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew’s 1986 ”Super Bowl Shuffle” — why, Lord, why?). Others are in the so-bad-they’re-good category (like the clip for David Hasselhoff’s cover of ”Hooked on a Feeling,” which we’ve mentioned before), and some are here because they were more memorable or influential than good (Duran Duran’s ”Hungry Like the Wolf”). And there are some that cover all these bases (R. Kelly’s ”Trapped in the Closet.”) Maybe ”awesome” really is the only word that can do all these clips justice.
At any rate, this list should keep you
procrastinating fascinated for hours, dredging up long-suppressed youthful memories (I, too, remember being really disturbed by The Art of Noise’s ”Close to the Edit,” and I’m glad that ”Nothing Compares 2 U” is here to remind us why we all loved Sinéad O’Connor before she tried her damnedest to alienate everyone) or making fascinating new discoveries (we especially like Junior Senior’s 2003 clip ”Move Your Feet,” pictured, with deliberately low-res pixel graphics that mirror the song’s retro beat). Extra points for including The Replacements’ ”Bastards of Young,” the one video that deconstructs all the others.