The Last VJ's Top Five Music Videos of the Week
Today we're starting a new segment here on Rocks Off I'm calling The Last VJ. Each week we'll look at five new music videos and allow you (the readers) to judge which ones deserve to be called the absolute best, and which ones deserve to be left to rot underneath the Internet's pixilated sky.
The art of the music video isn't dead by a long shot, and now we're going to prove it.
Tecla, "Wake Up"
In general I'm not a big fan of the, "Let's just have a bunch of weird stuff in a party around the band" style of music videos, but Tecla offers one of the better outings in that particular genre with her final salute to backyard summer bashes.
Weird baby-headed beasts box bird-masked opponents while others pointlessly destroy wooden palettes with an axe, but the real strength is in the power of the song. Tecla's dance-worthy infectiousness calls to mind a female Chromeo, but she throws in some of that old-school No Doubt energy that's sorely missed these days.
Jungle feat. High Rollaz, "The Heat"
I absolutely dare you to watch this smooth funk jam's video without a huge goofy smile on your face. The song alone is worth the price of admission, but the interpretive roller-skating dance performed by the High Rollaz is simply unparallelled in the history of music videos. Not since Christopher Walken soft-shoed through Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" has anything so ridiculously wonderful cinematically accompanied a song. If you don't like this video, I don't want to know you.
Geoffrey O'Connor, "Jacqueline"
All you aspiring lyricists out there, the bar has now been set with "Your nipples pointed to the stars." If you can't top that, you need to go back to the drawing board.
Here Geoffrey O'Connor himself directs an old-school '80s-style outing to great effect, portraying a drunken limo driver singing a love song to a girl making out with someone else in his care. It's a tiny bit draggy, with not quite enough action in the story to fill out the song, but the execution's sheer over-the-top cheesiness lends it something special in the end.
More videos on the next page.