On today's Panel, George talks with Toronto Star music critic Ben Rayner, actor Josh Gad and TV host and writer Pay Chen about the power of a great music video. It probably doesn't come as a shock that the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight staff has a high proportion of music nerds on it; we polled the office to round up some staff favourites.
Beastie Boys — "Sabotage"
The inspiration for decades of high-school Halloween costumes. It’s a funny, brash and badass sendup of the super-serious ‘70s cop dramas — and the facial hair that defined that era. You can’t listen to this song without feeling like sliding your caboose across the beat-up hood of a Ford Crown Vic.
Daft Punk — "Around the World"
The best ideas are often surprisingly simple. Director Michel Gondry created characters to represent each instrument in the song (bass, drums, guitar, keys and vocoder), and synced them up to the ebbs and flows of Daft Punk's electro-house beats.
Solange — "Losing You"
Yes, her older sister, Beyoncé, has starred in more glamorous, fabulous videos — but Solange’s video for “Losing You” has an undeniably fresh look. It's set in Cape Town, South Africa, and combines superfly threads — hot pants and colourful, dapper suits — with her trademark nonchalance.
Arcade Fire — "We Used To Wait"
Instead of releasing a traditional music video for "We Used To Wait," Arcade Fire integrated it into The Wilderness Downtown, an interactive project that starts by asking users for the address where they grew up, and uses Google Maps to set the video in their childhood neighbourhood.
Kate Bush — "Cloudbusting"
Why "Cloudbusting"? Because everybody wants Donald Sutherland to be their mad scientist dad — and it's also pretty sweet to watch Kate Bush pretend to be three feet tall.
The Smashing Pumpkins — "Stand Inside Your Love"
For a certain kind of angsty teen in 2000, this video had everything: a gorgeous black-and-white look, an Oscar Wilde quote at the beginning and a deliciously tragic ending.
Amar Akbar Anthony — Title Song
Ok, this one's actually not officially a music video — it's an excerpt from a Bollywood film about three long-lost brothers, each raised in a different religion, who find each other. So many post-partition films had themes of reunion and people coming together, no matter what their differences.