Music Videos

Music videos are filmed artistic visions of musician's song. Trying to find an actual link between song and video, however, is impossible and you will get an aneurysm if you try.

Just The Facts

  1. The most ever spent on a music video? $7,000,000 for Michael Jackson's "Scream", directed by Mark Romanek. It's a pity the song was so terrible.
  2. D.A. Pennebaker's film clip for Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" was at the forefront of a huge wave of 1960s bands using video clips to promote themselves.
  3. No music video has ever been directly responsible for the death of a radio star.
  4. The world's longest music video clocks in at around 35 minutes, created by Mike Skinner of The Streets. Since he is a British rapper, no one has ever seen this, ever, and thus cannot be confirmed.
  5. There was indeed one time, in fact, that MTV did show these music videos. It was the MySpace of cable television in the 80s.

Cultural Significance of Music Videos

There is none.

However, some people will try and say things like the following:

Many famous directors made their start with music videos, like Martin Scorsese, who first directed Michael Jackson's "Bad" video and went on to make Oscar-caliber films, and Marcus Nispel, who directed Janet Jackson's "Runaway" video and led him to make... the Friday the 13th remake. You can't win them all.

MTV and VH1 made their fame by airing music videos 24-hours day. For some unexplicable reason, this bothered people, who criticized the network for being callous, pandering, and providing a terrible influence to the youth. Unlike now, showing such quality televison programming such as Paris Hilton's My New BFF and Cribs. If that's TOO adult for you, then Teen Cribs is right up your alley.

Music videos also introduced people to different varities of music, such as rock, rap, alternative, electronica, R&B, and pop. With so much new and exciting music available to them, by the time iPods and music players came around, people eagerly began downloading classic, non-videoed songs instead.