We’re halfway through! Today’s two videos are going to get a little weird, so you might want to get a good buzz going before watching for optimum music video effectiveness.
6. Clams Casino – Natural
I think what I really love about this video is the fact that if you’ve ever seen Werner Herzog’s “Aguirre: The Wraith Of God” then you know how well this song goes with the footage from the film. There’s this amazingly beautiful otherness to the song, this exotic intoxication with insanity that the song has that perfectly matches up with the film footage. Close your eyes and you can almost feel yourself getting lost in the jungles of the Amazon. I think if Herzog made “Aguirre: The Wraith of God” today he’d totally be up for using this song for the soundtrack. If for nothing else, you’ve got to love how well that growl sound at the end of the song goes with the curling of Klaus Klinski’s lip. On top of being one of my favorite songs of the year, “Natural” gives this footage such an amazing feeling of immediacy that draws your right in.
5. Destroyer – Kaputt
Where do you start with Destroyer’s “Kaputt”? I love this video from beginning to end, but especially that beginning. I’ve probably watched the first section like fifty times. When the dorky guy in the tracksuit comes pushing through all the models in sexy American Apparel 80’s leotards I lose it every time, and the first lyric just seals the deal:
“Wasting your days/
chasing some girls/
alright, chasing cocaine through the back rooms of the world all night.”
It’s so tongue-in-cheek, like this guy says he’s going out to pick up girls, but lets face it, he’s really just going out to snort some coke. Then the white mist disappears and he’s really just fantasizing about all of this on his computer when his mom busts in on him, as if even in his fantasies he doesn’t get the girls. From there we go to an old guy crawling through the desert until he sees some Bedouins dancing on the pyramids and then later there’s a flying whale…well, at that point I have no fucking clue what the video’s about anymore, but I’m still on board with its wacked out craziness.
On top of that I LOVE the song on its own. From the saxophone solos to the easy listening groove to the above-mentioned hilarious tongue-in-cheek lyrics, this is such a killer track. Put this song on late at night with a glass of some alcoholic beverage in your hand that makes your stomach all warm inside and you’re in for a good night.