Mad Max Killed The Video Star

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"Two men enter, one man leaves."

Over the past couple of years I’ve seen an emerging trend in music videos: post-apocalyptic tales of destruction and woe, occasionally coupled with a Mad Max type of feel.

The songs themselves aren’t always full of dust clouds of depression and burnt-out city skylines, but the videos do a good job of reaching into the heart of the lyrics and pulling out the essence. Every time I hear one of these songs I can’t help but recall scenes from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

I’m constantly waiting for a crazy-haired Tina Turner to jump out in front of me as I’m driving. I think I need to start wearing distressed leather with spikes and chains attached. Maybe some fingerless gloves? It’s also a perfect excuse to try that smudged makeup look I’ve always wondered about.

I think the phrase I’m looking for is Derelicte.

It may be the end of the world, but it doesn’t mean that I have to die fashionless. Phuleeze.

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Great concept for a video (wait until the end).

While it’s not the typical apocalyptic situation, it’s more applicable to real life. Also, check the Merge Records site for the Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire short film “Scenes From The Suburbs”. You can watch the trailer and also pre-order “The Suburbs” Deluxe Edition which includes the 30-minute film, behind the scenes extras, a booklet, as well as two previously unreleased songs and an extended cut of “Wasted Hours”.

One of my favorite story-telling bands. The video is well done and quite beautiful. Does anyone else feel like they are in the quarry from “The Walking Dead”?

I wouldn’t necessarily call this the end of the world, but it is pretty badass. And they’re wearing leather.

And who can pass up Billy Idol’s 1908s zombie-fest (and skeleton inspired vestie-thing?) And I’ll sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat!

Apparently all you need are loin cloths, fire, and windmill-powered water boarding to illicit an apocalyptic feel. Maybe this is where Kevin Costner got his inspiration for “Water World”.

And lastly, the video that looks like a photo spread for Vogue. I can dig an end-times scenario that includes fierce, runway ready outfits and hyenas on chains. Look out, Tina…Beyoncé is gonna give you a run for your money.

I’d still put my money on Tina, though.
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“Warriors, come out to playayyy!”

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