Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground – The White Stripes
Originally, I thought that I would put Fell in Love with a Girl on this list because that was the the video that got me into to Gondry’s work. However, the video for Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground is so haunting and tells such a rich story that it quickly became one of the best videos I’ve ever seen. Jack White walks through a trashed house and looks at damage that has resulted from previous fights that are superimposed over the video. The video does a great job matching the tone of the song.
Come into my World - Kylie Minogue
There is something about how dark Kylie Monigue’s music is that makes it very appealing. The video is equally interesting. The camera follows Kylie Monigue as she walks around a city block passing people and avoiding obstacles. As she makes each pass through, things are added and duplicated from previous sights. The video is very well done and gets busy, but never overloaded.
Army of Me – Björk
Army of Me is a great video because it basically works like a 4 minute action movie. It takes place in what seems like a dystopian future where vehicles are semi-alive and animals have human characteristics. The visuals are great and offer a ton to look at during the video. Mirrors are used to highlight different aspects of Björk running through hallways and size perspectives change in the middle of shots. The video portraits what is a decently interesting story for the short medium.
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Like all of Gondry’s music videos, there is interesting visuals in the video for Everlong. The dreamy feel of the video plays well with the tone of the song and the video allows the Foo Fighters humor to show through very nicely. The action in the shots syncs up nicely with build ups in the song creating a pretty memorable video for one of the best songs of the Foo Fighters career.
Star Guitar – Chemical Brothers
This one is a personal favorite of mine. The video takes the form of a camera riding down a highway, essentially like the viewer its looking out a car window. There are building and towers that pass by the window and eventually they start to appear and repeat in beat with the song. This video reminds me of looking out the window in long car rides as a child and looking for patterns or creating games with what I was seeing. The video complements the song nicely.
What are some of your favorite Michel Gondry Music Videos? Do you agree with my picks? Let me know in the comments below!!