The week of the best stories in music videos
There are true cinematic gems in the world of music video clips. Some stand out for their technique, art, or narrative. This week I bring you some of the stories that have fascinated me the most within a music video.
Michael Jackson / Thriller
This classic could not be missing. For many, it is the best video clip in history and since 2009 it is part of the National Film Registry of the United States. A cultural treasure.
Sing / My Chemical Romance
In 2010 MCR released an album that according to the band was not conceptual but… it was. The first two video clips they released set us in a post-apocalyptic future controlled by the pharmaceutical industry and the Killjoys and a girl who are part of the resistance are presented. Shortly after the videos Gerard Way, the band’s vocalist, was in charge of launching a comic in which the story of the videos was followed.
To get the hang of it, I recommend you watch the Na na na video first. The one that I present to you next is the second single and the one that lets us see what happens after the kidnapping of a little girl.
Dead Meat / Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon (yes, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), released his album Friendly Fire in 2006 and with it, a 43-minute film that includes all the songs. The album was inspired by his love affair with actress Bijou Phillips and the conflict generated when she cheated on him with his best friend, who died shortly after in an accident.
The film explores love relationships and how stormy they can be, as well as trying to generate a dialogue with what death means and the experience of grief (both for love relationships and for the death of loved ones).
The complete film can be seen here (and you can find references to Woody Allen and the French film The Wild Planet).
Moth to a flame / The GOASTT
After Friendly Fire, Sean Lennon teamed up with Charlotte Kempt Muhl and they formed The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, which resulted in a couple of albums and some video clips, of which Moth to a flame highlighted as “interesting but strange”.
My interpretation is the following: It is a story in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by cannibal women in which patriarchy and capitalism are in danger of extinction.
Merry the Night / Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has great stories in her videos. Let’s remember for example Paparazzi, where a story of revenge and murder is told, and Telephone, the second part in which Gaga gets out of prison and helps Beyoncé with her revenge.
Merry the night is a short, surreal and visually interesting autobiography. Gaga explains it well in her opening monologue: “It is as if my past were an unfinished painting and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly spaces and make it beautiful again.” Oh yeah.