Visually awesome music videos (and other vids)

I showed my son the awesome Rube Goldberg video by OK Go this morning (This Too Shall Pass), and he loved it. We watched the rest of the back catalog (except WTF, as he’s still trying to figure out what the “F” word is :) and there was some very slick stuff there.

Curious as to what other really cool videos – Rube Goldberg stuff, people acting in unison, etc. – that you guys had found. (And please warn if they’re not kid-safe. :)

Also, I seem to remember a pretty slick one filmed from a rooftop, with people moving around making patterns, but I can’t remember what song that was for. Anyone know what I’m talking about here?

Not to be a jerk, but don’t we already have a 200+ page thread for this?

Wax - California
Local H - All the Kids are Right
Smashing Pumpkins - Ava Adore (I guess this might not be kid-safe?)

No, that’s a 200+ page thread talking about every fricking video on YouTube.

I’m asking about a specific subgenre. I suppose I could comb through the 6,375 messages in that thread to find the 20 or 30 or so that talked about this specific kind of video, but I didn’t think anyone would mind a thread on this.

Given that we have “Mass Effect 2 non-spoiler thread for people who kind of hated it except for the Mordin singing part” level of threads on other things, I don’t think this one is out of line. :)

These all look like shit on youtube, but what can you do?
Muse: Invincible
Korn: Got the life
All Saints: Never Ever
Mastodon: Oblivion

Gary Jules, Mad World?

Strummer, that’s it! Thanks! I thought it was “Mad World,” but I ended up on the lame Tears for Fears version* and thought I was misremembering. :) Great song and a really neat video.

(And thanks for the other suggestions, folks, I’ll check them out.)

  • Clarification: Tears for Fears “Mad World” song is awesome. But the video’s dull; the Gary Jules video is cool. As is his Marcus Fenix version. :)

Don’t be hating on Tears for Fears.

I can not think of any other Rube Goldberg style videos, but I do have a small collection of visually interesting music videos

  1. Jeremy - Pearl Jam (this one is obligatory in any music video thread). (not safe for kids)

  2. There are a few impressive Tool music videos, but my favourite would have to be Vicarious. (possible not safe for kids)

  3. Go With the Flow - Queens of the Stone Age (not safe for kids)

  4. Travel is Dangerous - Mogwai (is safe for kids)

  5. Kids Aren’t Alright - Offspring

Really impressive animation - I’m sure it’s made the rounds on the Youtube thread, but it’s quite something:

Ramona Falls - I Say Fever

Lucas With the Lid Off probably qualifies for what you are looking for. Think it was Gondry’s first One Shot music video.

An Honest Mistake by The Bravery has a Rube Goldberg machine but it’s not filmed with one camera.

More generally, you’re likely to hit with any of Michel Gondry’s videos.

I was gonna mention Gondry’s video for The Chemical Brothers’ “Star Guitar”, which looks boring until you realize it’s all digitally manipulated to follow the drum patterns

While maybe not exactly Rube Goldberg-esque or necessarily in unison, the following Grandaddy videos always struck me as visually appealing and clever (as do many of their others):
Jed’s Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) (somewhat Goldbergish in a BASIC way)
Nature Anthem (It’s got the unison thing going for it)
Fare Thee Not Well Mutineer (It’s just neat)

A couple others that may fit the bill:
The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
Fatboy Slim - Praise You

Oh, and they are all kid friendly. Especially Nature Anthem - which I think should be required viewing for everyone as soon as they wake up every morning.

I for one welcome this thread.
I was just today watching the OK Go video with my four year old followed by their Threadmills - and she loved both. Then she demanded more…
And the YouTube thread was my refuge, but not that easy to wade through with a kid on your lap (most of you guys don’t tell what you’re linking to in that).

I showed her Weezers Pork and Beans, which she of course didn’t get, but she liked the stuff happening.

Some classics that everybody knows, but perhaps they’ve slipped your mind:
Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer
Genesis: Land of Confusion (NSFK?)
Herbie Hancock: Rockit

Some others:
Dice animation:
Fujiya & Miyagi: Ankle Injuries
Supermen Lovers: Starlight
Blur: Coffee & TV
Impressive news graphics style animation:
Royksopp: Remind Me
Fatboy Slim: Right Here Right Now
Pearl Jam: Do the Evolution (NSFK)

And I just love the style of Gorillaz’ universe.
19-2000 is probably the most interesting to a kid… it’s got a giant moose.

Not a bunch of people but I think it fits in this category:

Oren Lavie- Her Morning Elegance

On the Rube-Goldberg front, how about Der Lauf der Dinge, a 29 minute art film from 1987:
If you don’t have 29 minutes to spare, here’s the speeded-up 7 minute version:

To clarify, I didn’t mean to imply I was looking specifically for Rube Goldberg or unison videos; just really cool-looking stuff that would impress a 7-year-old. :)

Ohhhhhhh… impressing a seven year old… umm…

Ah Ha: Take on Me

Beastie Boys: Intergalactic

There’s one brief moment of grown-up smooching and grinding in Muse’s Knights of Cydonia, but otherwise it’s the most awesomest music video for seven-year-olds of all ages. The director, Joseph Kahn, has some other flashy glitzy videos that might be appealing to the younger set.

Another visually interesting…gimmicky? video director is Keith Schofield, whose video for Hard 'N Phirm’s “Pi” inspired Bill Dungsroman’s shortest post ever (“Uh?”). Most of his videos are awesome for kids, but stay away from the video for Wintergreen’s “Can’t Sit Still” (it’s how to make illegal drugs in the home, maybe) and “Diesel XXX”, a commercial that paints family-friendly imagery over porn stars in action. On second thought, maybe you should preview all of those first. Aren’t children supposed to grow up pretty fast nowadays anyway?