All posts tagged: music videos

Big Willie Style – I miss Will Smith’s music career

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 17 years since Will Smith released Big Willie Style, an album that kicked off a 2 year reign where Will Smith was the king of the radio. Will Smith could possibly be the best and most successful cross-over artist. Many have forgotten that he was a celebrated music act because of his successful film career. While he has yet to win an Oscar, he has been nominated twice, along with four Golden Globe nominations. But did you know that he’s had four Grammy wins! His 1997 comeback album (he was a rapper in the 80s before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) won him two of those Grammy awards. Smith followed up Big Willie Style with the also awesome Willenium. Look at the all of the singles that came of these two albums… JUST THE TWO OF US (look at little Jayden….man I hate that kid) GETTIN’ JIGGY WITH IT MIAMI (notice Eva Mendes at 01;08) JUST CRUSIN’ WILD WILD WEST FREAKIN’ IT WILL 2K SO FRESH   Will …

Spike Jonze probably directed your favourite music video

We all (or should) know that Spike Jonze as the acclaimed director of movies such as Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation as well as a frequent guest on Jackass. However, unbeknownst to me, my first introduction to Spike Jonze came in Music Video form. He is known for making some of the best music videos of all time. In fact, the first time I saw Spike Jonze on camera I didn’t even know it was him. He was portraying the character of Richard Koufey, an eccentric character who was the leader of fictional dance group The Torrance Community Dance Group in the video for “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim. I really thought that Richard Koufey was a real person and I believe Jonze even accepted an MTV Music award for Fatboy Slim that year as Richard Koufey. My brain hurts. All that aside, Spike Jonze has a music video catalog that would make other directors look like film students. Here are just a few of the dozens he has done in …

I don’t Care if it’s Ironic or Not: This Song Rules

Alanis Morissette blew up in the 90s with her “Jagged Little Pill” album, led by the single “Ironic.” Now, I realize almost all of the instances she describes in the song aren’t technically what the dictionary describes as ironic, but I don’t care. The song is fucking fantastic. And to be quite honest, so is the rest of the record. Which is why it is one of the biggest selling records of all time. Anywhere. Ever. And, she is Canadian! So everyone who takes issue with the content of this song – SUCK IT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jne9t8sHpUc

I Want My MTV

Oh man, back in the 80s everyone wanted their MTV. They still do, but it’s not the same. It’s like when you get your first “friend with benefits”. At first you are like “this is the greatest!” but eventually you want to branch out, but she has gotten comfortable with you, so she’s put on a few pounds and now you are arguing all the time, so you are all “this was just supposed to be a casual thing, why are you letting feelings get in the way?!” and she’s all “I will get pregnant on you! So help me god!” Sorry, I can’t really remember where I was going with all this…oh yeah. Remember when MTV played music videos?

Check the O.R. You like it so far?

Before he was spray painting lesbians on his parents car or singing the Bum Bum song, Tom Green was apart of a once successful Canadian hip hop group called Organized Rhyme. Their formula was to have catchy beats, simplistic choruses and clever rhymes. With this formula they created a hit record (by Canadian standards) entitled “Check the O.R.” The single won the MuchVibe Best Rap Video at the MMVA’s in 1992 and was nominated for a Juno Award in 1993. They lost however to “Keep it Slammin’” by Devon. The group disbanded shortly after. Their record label A&M Records wanted a less comedic product which caused turmoil amongst the members. MC Bones (Tom Green) went on to have the most successful career…DUH!, as he was one of the most popular comedians and recognizable TV stars of the 1990s. DJ Signal (Geordie Ferguson) is apparently a computer scientist. Pin the Chameleon (Greg Campbell) is a music producer/artist known as Mr. Bigstuff… I know, I haven’t heard of him either, but he did reconnect with Tom this year …