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Top 10 Weirdest Music Videos You've Ever Seen
From whimsical to freaky to weird, here's our list of the weirdest music videos in the world.
If you consider that the music video is still a relatively young concept - artists didn't start to add moving images to their songs until the 1970s - it has developed over the years into a veritable art form in which the musicians have the chance to tell impressive and emotional stories within a three to four minute long clip.
But as in almost every art branch, there are creations here that seem quite freaky and / or strange. We have compiled a list of the weirdest of them, but a little warning up front: some of them are not for the faint of heart, so better not to look at them at work or before bed.
1. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
If - for whatever reason - you like nightmarish and disturbing images, then Aphex Twin and Chris Cunningham are the first and arguably the best place to go. The latter is the director of the music video for Richard D. James' (aka Aphex Twins) single "Windowlicker" from 1999, in which two would-be gangsters with not exactly politically correct language try to use the service of two ladies before probably the longest soda in the world she rams out of the picture.
Then Aphex Twin has its big appearance and shows a few dance moves that are reminiscent of Michael Jackson, which seems to convince the two ladies. The two get into the limo and now the whole thing is really turned off. One thing should be said: The image of Aphex ‘head on the bodies of the bikini models will probably keep us awake for a long time.
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"Girl Band" from Dublin really cannot be seen as a conventional rock quartet, as the brilliant video for their single "Paul" proves. A disaffected child entertainer is put into a pig costume. So far so good. But as soon as he meets the other farm animals, he loses his temper and things take their course. The video is somewhat reminiscent of a retelling of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" trimmed to seven minutes and fits perfectly with the furious nihilism that the track itself celebrates.
3. Little Big - Hateful Love
Hands served on a plate? Naked women who turn themselves into rocking horses? Macabre skateboards made of meat? You can find all of this in the video for the bizarre song by the Electrowave band “Little Big” from St. Petersburg, which is also often described as “the Russian answer of a mentally ill person to Die Antwoord”. If that doesn't say everything ...
4. Tierra Whack - Whack World
The video for "Whack World" isn't special in any weird sense. But the concept is to be seen as unconventional at a time that mainly relies on albums with a length of 30 minutes.
The rising pop and cosmic R'n'B artist Tierra Whack from Philly, whose flow has been highly praised by Meek Mill to A $ AP Rocky, delivers an audiovisual masterpiece with a mix of 15 songs that take no more than a minute are long. The cartoon look with dolls in a cemetery and weird fitness center adds to the rest.
This is definitely not the last weird video from Whack, we're sure of that.
SOPHIE from Glasgow has already made a name for herself with her "hyperkinetic" synth-pop and experimentalism. While her music is borderline by its directness, she is very careful to keep up the mystery around her person. The focus should be on the music.
With their video for "Faceshopping", a single from their 2018 album "Oil Of Every Pearl's UnInsides", that has changed a bit. In it, SOPHIE confronts us with how we present ourselves to the world. She does justice to this topic by showing us distorted images of her face and giving us subliminal messages about beauty products and surgeries.
6. Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
At first glance, it could be any animal testing laboratory in the world. But then a stressed label representative is led into a room that is promised the “hottest shit in pop music”. Monkeys are released and pick up their instruments, but ... something is different about these monkeys ... Oh yes: They have human faces - more precisely: The faces of Basement Jaxx!
Things get even more macabre when the science behind animal-human hybrids is revealed ... but does this label guy make it back to freedom? The best thing to do is to watch the video ...
7. Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish
First of all: you really don't want to watch this video with colleagues or your mom-in-law - but if you already know the work of Flying Lotus, then you are probably already prepared for it.
The director Eric Wareheim, a member of the surrealist comedy duo Tim & Eric, has a relatively unspectacular beginning. A man and a woman dance in front of a bright green screen until things ... let's put it this way ... take their course. But just see for yourself!
8. Björk - Human Behavior
Most of Björk's music videos would have deserved a place on this list, but for us “Human Behavior” is the video that goes one step further. This 1993 song tells the story of the relationship between humans and animals from the perspective of the latter.
At the beginning you see Björk in a forest landscape before she is chased by a bear and flies to the moon. From there it goes straight back to earth, where it ends up in the stomach of the bear mentioned above and has nothing better to do than just keep singing.
9. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
This is probably THE music video that all the other weird and wacky videos have come to terms with since its release in 1994. The apocalypse? Can you have - and how about some bizarre people laying Barbie dolls on the grill and massacring cockroaches? Chances are, it's just corollary that, in the end, everyone will be sucked into a swirling black hole. Soundgarden deliver one of the strangest videos out there.
10. Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart
Fever Ray has proven with her atmospheric video for "If I Had A Heart" that she is always up for a strange video. But those moving images that are released with Ray's current album "Plunge" go one better.
Some are kept simple but uncomfortable to look at (such as "Itch"), while others, like the one on "IDK About You", explore gender and sexuality in an enjoyable psychedelic way.
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