Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

The video that epitomizes the delightful extravaganza that is Jane´s Addiction. One of the first bands of the “Alternative Rock” movement, Jane´s Addiction helped defined an era.  Formed by Perry Farrell… before I go any further I want to take a moment to acknowledge the force of nature that is Perry Farrell. Farrell is a musician who not only was a front man to the band and the whole revoltion around music in the early 90´s, but he is also the creator of the festival Lollapalooza. He is outspoken, intelligent, independent and constantly evolving, now on a quest to “rebuild the middle class Read more »

One On One Banned! Special: Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got A Gun”.

One On One Banned! Special:  Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got A Gun”.

We continue our Banned! series with a One On One special bringing together two giants of American rock music and two videos with dark subject matter and violent endings. Quite often the One On One’s are done in an almost entirely facetious manner but for this one we’re actually dealing with pretty heavy subject matter. In fact both of these videos were and are important for exactly that. I don’t want to to the usual point scoring compare-and-contrast thing here, but rather talk about two videos that were censored for trying to deal with difficult subject matter. For obvious reasons Read more »

Banned! – ‘Low’ by Foo Fighters

Banned! – ‘Low’ by Foo Fighters

In the first of a new series exploring videos that were either banned or censored we look at the video for ‘Low’ which brought you Jack Black and Dave Grohl as two rednecks having an increasingly bizarre private party. And whilst we’ll certainly be looking at more outrageous and extreme videos in this series we might not look at another one that’s as plain funny. Besides, we wanted to ease you (and ourselves) in a little. Taken from the Foo Fighters third album One By One, and released in 2002, ‘Low’ is reportedly one of the few tracks on the Read more »

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

We deconstruct one of the most remembered videos from the 1980´s and the MTV era: Money for Nothing by The Dire Straits. Although because of a word used in the lyrics the song may be controversial in today´s “politically correct” language, and it was banned from Canadian radio stations for a while (the ban ended on August 31rst, 2011 leaving it to each radio station discretion whether to play it or not, no one can deny this song´s classic video status. It managed to transcend its time and will forever be remembered. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits The video Read more »

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

The story of one of the worst videos of all time and the rock singer who could have ruled the new MTV age but instead saw his career die because of it. “I think that’s probably the most damning four minutes of video ever shot in history! Well, from my perspective it is!” – Billy Squier, 2006. If you dig around in the annals of rock music you’ll find so many hard luck tales of singers and bands who got within a desperate hand’s-grasp of success only to to have it unjustly whipped away that it’s practically a cliche. Sometimes Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

Music videos in the 90’s saw directors such as Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek add a new level of artistry making them an MTV must-have for the big acts. So having given plenty of coverage of the first age of MTV I want to move on to the second age, one which saw the video director step forward and become a bit of a name in their own right. By the time the 90’s had gotten underway music videos were becoming more sophisticated reflecting advances in film-making techniques. Plus, budgets had increased allowing a better class of video Read more »

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Halloween is upon us once again. Not only that but so is part 4 of this series. On top of that MVD is almost a year old, and so it would seem like a more than appropriate time to discuss a video which was not only the greatest of it’s age, and maybe of all time for that matter, but also one that changed the (white) face of MTV, as well as being in many ways Michael Jackson’s crowning artistic achievement. Actually it’s unfair to couch Thriller in terms of simply Michael Jackson, with the song written by Rod Temperton Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

“Ladies and Gentlemen: rock and roll” And so it came to pass that with these words, dubbed over the top of footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing, MTV was born on Saturday 1st August 1981. To say that this was the dawning of a new era in both music and television would be no understatement. MTV would revolutionise the way the music industry operated, the working practices of bands and artists, the listening habits of fans, the viewing habits of watchers, and usher in an age of 24 hour specialist programming that would eventually become the norm. “You’ll never Read more »

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

As you may well have realized by now today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Yes, 5 years! I can still quite clearly remember the moment I found out via the news channels late one evening. It was shocking certainly, and whilst I can´t claim to have shed any tears I do remember feeling slightly sad at the passing of a part of my childhood. It wasn´t so much the death of Jackson himself, but rather the era of greater innocence that he seemed to represent and to a certain extent embody. To anyone who grew Read more »