The art of the music video in dance music has always been a weird one. You'd think it'd be easy to tell a compelling narrative for music that largely doesn't have vocals in it, but from the odd computer graphics extravaganzas we were fed in the 1990s to the melodramatic clips we tend to get ever so often these days, many artists have not pinned down precisely what you need to create the perfect clip. However, during this journey of creating quality music videos, we've come across some truly odd pieces.
Whether its a walking, talking dog blasting the latest Daft Punk or some nerdy guy going buckwild in his office, some of the most compelling pieces of dance music cinema have been found in the weirdest of scenarios. And its there that we're most proud, because for as often as dance music is seen as not having much personality, these clips really let the freak flag fly.
The Others and Emalkay - "Fallout"
Director: Steve Glashier
We're hoping homeboy wasn't smoking something too potent; we'd hate for this story to truly be about him hallucinating off of a bad batch of drugs, to the point where he's having serious conversations with his puppet over some huge tunes. And truth be told, if he's got headphones on, who's complaining?
Avicii - "Levels"
Unless your day job involves dancing to "Levels" full-time, we hope that you androids out there refrain from getting so hyped about Avicii's music that you're writing his name on desks and going ham in your place of business. That's why we live for the weekend, obvs. And what kind of power does this guy contain that he makes EVERYBODY start busting a move?
Skrillex - "First of the Year (Equinox)"
Director: Tony Truand
We can only hope that all the kids out there who were getting preyed on by creepy molester types had insane X-Men-esque powers to make them suffer. We're just not sure what any of that had to do with this exact track.
Eric Prydz - "Call on Me"
Director: Huse Monfaradi
Where the inspiration from the 1985 film Perfect came from is anyone's guess, but we're hoping that the way homeboy was making those faces during aerobics class that he actually had the stones to try and chat up one of his classmates, and not just perv out to the sexually-suggestive moves. Kudos for this being such a huge hit that an actual aerobics DVD featuring more dancing to popular dance tracks was created.
Fatboy Slim - "Praise You"
Director: Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze pretty much owned the weird music video lane in the 1990s, and this one might take the cake; he and a group of senior citizens performed a full routine in from of a group of baffled onlookers outside of a movie theater in California. The story is that Spike sent a similar "dance" video to Fatboy Slim to "The Rockafeller Skank" after not being able to direct that piece; Fatboy Slim liked it so much he commissioned this clip for "Praise You." Fatboy Slim can even be seen a few times as one of the onlookers.
Reprazent - "Brown Paper Bag"
Director: Nick Gordon
The lack of a reason for Roni Size owning an egg that, when turned, can stop time was never really explained, but this intriguing clip did end up on MTV's 12 Angry Viewers program, achieving a perfect score. On American MTV. In the late-1990s. That happened.
Daft Punk - "Da Funk"
Director: Spike Jonze
While we can't find meaning in many Daft Punk videos, the human-sized dog carrying an awesome boombox - while having a broken foot? Why was he worried about copping a book but not a new boombox, this one with a volume knob? At least we got to see him get the girl in the clip for "Fresh."
Fatboy Slim - "Weapon of Choice"
Director: Spike Jonze
We're not saying this video is any less awesome for it, but who's idea was it to have Christopher Walken (who is a trained dancer) do his thing in an empty hotel? And how long, exactly, had he known how to fly?!
Aphex Twin - "Come to Daddy"
Director: Chris Cunningham
No diss to Aphex Twin, but he definitely has an odd look about him, and when he fixes his face into that devlisih smirk, it's amplified 200%. Now throw that face atop a bunch of kids going ham, with a soundtrack as insane as "Come to Daddy." We're just glad Chris Cunningham was the one to helm this clip (and the single's artwork); no one else could have taken this idea as far as he did.