I feel like I’ve been writing a lot of posts about music recently, especially considering I’m not a very musical person, but here is one more. Recently two different music videos have caught my attention, and both in very different ways.
I Will Possess Your Heart is a song by American band Death Cab For Cutie. The video is of a pretty girl travelling around the world. I’ve seen it on TV a couple of times now and for some reason it just really appeals to me. The girl looks so lovely, and serious without being melodramatic. I also like that the places she visits aren’t just the normal tourist spots and the shots of her aren’t just glamourous “look-at-me” poses.
There are two versions of the video, one is 8.31 long but the other is, to me, just as good and only 4.22 (YouTube video below). The video begins with a man walking silently down a darkened corridor while the girl drives to NY’s LaGuardia airport as a bass guitar starts playing and takes off into the dusk. From then on we see the girl in different cities, countries, in different clothes and in the day and night. As the lyrics start we see the band is in a freezing, dark room or bunker. Icicles hang all around and ice flies off the drums. They wear coats, hats and scarves and their breath is visible in the air. I have never seen/heard/heard about this band before. In this video I feel that the scene really suits the style of the song. The movements of the band as they play are really stiff and hunched over and the song itself moves quickly into the chorus which is sung in short, chunky pieces. It just seems to me that it really suits the freezing environment.
You gotta spend some time – love – you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find – love -I will possess your heart
The tone of the lyrics is interesting too. It’s not your typical love song – “I will possess your heart”. Kinda sounds a bit cold compared to your average soppy ballad. I actually think that some the words are pretty creepy
You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won’t let you let me down so easily, so easily
Stalker much? But watching the girl just walking around is cool. Running by Evermore is another awesome vid that kinda reminds me of this but that is definately a band music video, whereas this chick looks like she could actually be there by herself, she just ignores the camera. Walking, riding the train, subway, plane, taxi – watching her in so many different places, in crowds, by herself, she does look kinda lonely. So I guess she might appreciate a stalker. One who likes to hang out in freezing underground bunkers…
The other music video I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I watched. I’d like to say I looked away after the first 10 seconds. The music video for Toe Jam by the BPA (created by the guy from Fatboy Slim) opens with a beautiful woman dancing and taking her t-shirt off to the music, and another woman untying her top, and another woman unzipping. Then all of a sudden there’s a whole room full of people disrobing and you’re thinking “what exactly am I watching?”. But they don’t stop there and before you have time to fumble for the remote you’re looking at a room full of skinny naked people. But don’t be worried that you’re gunna see anything, all the “naughty bits” are covered by black censorship bars – and this is kind of the point. With two bars each – one for their chest and one for their lady-parts – the girls prance, shimmey and shake their way around the room. And they’re definately very naked.
Many of the girls have old 70’s hair styles, clothes, and the few (naked, naked) guys are ugly with bad hair and big moustaches (the girls’ underwear seems modern enough though). The room is v. retro as well, complete with a big tan shaggy carpet. The fun really begins when the girls line up and begin making some patterns with their black lines… when they cover their “naughty bits” with their hands the black lines disappear, and by bending and contorting themselves they can make funny shapes by joining their lines together or making a pattern. Throw in rude hand gestures – covered by big black dots – and you have one pornographic formula for making stick figures, a clock, smiley face, eyeball, heart, paddle computer game resembling Krypton Egg, and even the name of the song – T-O-E J-A-M. We’re talking about some talented ladies here, people. Yeah. My personal favourite is the guy shooting his mate – a line of girls in between provide the “bullet” by showing their chest censorship line one at a time in a mexican wave of boobage between “gun” and “victim”.
The song istelf isn’t worth mentioning and in the end the video just makes me feel kinda sad. There’s a really smart person out there who could be doing great things. But instead he’s making soft porn music videos with names like “Toe Jam”. Sigh.
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