My Music Video Picks

“The purpose of art is to impose order upon experience.” — one of my college professors.

The following music videos meet the stated criterion in some, way, shape, or form. It’s not a terribly high bar, to be sure, but I think it really is the necessary place to start.

Some of these videos are funny. Some of them are beautiful. Some of them are enigmatic. Some of them are a little scary. (NB: If you watch something that bothers you, don’t get mad at me: it probably bothers me, too. I’ve added caveats where needed.)

I don’t have much else to say by way of qualification. I hope you appreciate these!

“White Foxes” by Susanne Sundfør

“Dig For Victory” by Public Service Broadcasting

“Typical” by Mute Math

“Just” by Radiohead

“Good Morning” by The Dandy Warhols

“הפרויקט של עידן רייכל – ממעמקים (Mimaamakim)” by The Idan Raichel Project

“Pork & Beans” by Weezer

“Thou Shalt Always Kill” by Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip

“Zombies” by The Cranberries

“Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

“What About Love?” by Heart

“Prehistoric Dog” by Red Fang

“Maybe” by Ingrid Michaelson

“Separate Ways” by Journey

“Ava Adore” by The Smashing Pumpkins — WARNING: Disturbing content.

“Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind” by Badly Drawn Boy

“Sadness Is A Blessing” by Lykke Li

“I Say Fever” by Ramona Falls

“Click, Click, Click, Click” by Bishop Allen

“We Share Our Mother’s Health” by The Knife — WARNING: Disturbing content.

“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn

“Everything You Do Is A Balloon” by Boards of Canada

“Closer” by Travis

Some non-traditional offerings:

“Pumped-up Kicks (Dubstep remix)” by Foster the People

“Lights” by Norwegian Recycling

“If You Want Me” by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

“Run (Ratatat Remix)” by Ghostface Killah & Jadakiss — WARNING: Language.


One Comment

  1. “The purpose of art is to impose order upon experience.” This quote reminds me of a time when I was listening to a symphony with a friend who was a musician. At a particular passage he cried out, “ah! modulation to the supertonic!” And there I realized that some people may experience art in a way that seems apart from beauty. Or perhaps they experience both, I don’t know, but your quote seem to be like my friend’s exclamation. And as a layman I would say, when it comes to art, where’s the beauty? Joyce is said to have defined beauty as that which produces a kind of aesthetic arrest. I guess he meant that at its heart it renders us speechless, seizes our thoughts and momentarily envelopes our existence. It is a feeling. Beauty is not always art but I think, in light of the modernist movement of the past century or so, some have begun to suspect that the purpose of art is to portray beauty.

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