Amazing Music Videos: Praise you by Fatboy Slim

Another Fatboy Slim video made the cut. Funny, I’m much more of an indie type than a big beat type. And actually, I don’t really like the song, but the video is so daring and hilarious, yet so simple, that it deserves its spot on my Amazing Music Videos list! Moreover, it was directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malcovitch, Adaptation, etc.). I already posted about his wonderful “Weapon of choice” video, but, spoiler alert, you can expect to see even more of Jonze’s videos in this series.

This video is about a fictional amateur dance crew (led by Jonze himself, disguised with glasses) doing a little dancing guerilla-style in sweat pants and leggings, in front of people waiting in line to see a movie. At the beginning, the people look quite puzzled, but they eventually get into it, watching those strange awful yet somehow cool dance moves. In the end, they even boo the poor theater employee who has to turn the music off. This video cost nothing to produce, a few hundred box I believe, and yet, it won three MTV Music Awards and pops up often on best videos lists.

Ultimate best moment: Jones’ insane b-boy moves at 2:20.

Amazing Music Videos : Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim

Now that MTV, Much Music, MusiMax, and Musique Plus seem more interested in “reality” TV shows than music videos, I suggest we post about the coolest, most artistic and memorable videos of all time.

Let us start with Fatboy Slim’s award winning “Weapon of choice” video, produced by Spike Jones (Being John Malcovitch, Adaptation, etc.). What a concept : watching Chistopher Walken dancing alone in a hotel, in a swift business suit. And he’s got awesome moves too. There’s something cool and eerie about it, or is it Christopher Walken who’s cool and eerie?

Apparently the “flying” scene was the hardest to film and it’s ironically the least interesting.

What I like is the simple, original concept, reminiscent of old Hitchcock episodes, where something strange could happen out of nowhere, in what otherwise seemed like an ordinary day.