Loon Lake’s Top 10 music videos

FL playlisters Loon Lake have been damn busy this year tearing up the stage at Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo, Pyramid Rock Festival, selling out their own shows and supporting the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Girls and Cage The Elephant.

To celebrate the release of new EP Thirty Three and their current Aussie tour, the boys have shared with us their 10 favourite film clips of all time.

Kanye West – Flashing Lights

I love this song to death and I think the clip is awesome for it. The production on it is pure glitz and glamour but it is juxtaposed against Kanye’s lyrics, which detail his struggle with vanity and the high life. The aesthetic of this clip; the dusky light, the smoke, the desert (which I presume is somewhere outside of Las Vegas), and the slow motion; is perfect. Then that super-hot girl rocks up in that super-expensive car, wearing designer heals, designer sunglasses and designer lingerie beneath a fur coat! Damn! But in an unexpected twist, she brutally murders Kanye with a shovel. Talk about symbolism!

Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream

This is a live performance from his 1968 comeback special so perhaps you couldn’t call it a film clip but still, I think it’s rad. It is kind of a reminder of the power of Elvis as a performer. Here he is by himself in a white suit against a black backdrop with nothing else but giant, red-lit lettering that simply says: ELVIS. A perfect depiction of the king of rock’n’roll.

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

When I was in high school the Victorian Government had a program where schools had to go to Melbourne and view a whole range of different arts. Stuff like painting exhibitions, classical ensembles and a pretty wild piece of interpretive drama. I guess you would call these the “high arts” and they were certainly over the heads of a bunch of year 9s from the country. Anyway, one thing we did get to see was a contemporary ballet performance of this clip. I liked this song back then and I had seen the clip so I thought it was the coolest. I think it is great how it is all performed on one stage but the focus swaps manically between each little scene. I guess it is kind of a visual representation of how The Avalanches compose their music: a whole bunch of seemingly unattached sounds that make an awesome bigger picture.

Daft Punk – Around the World

This has a similar principle to The Avalanches’ clip; different parts fitting together to make a great overall composition (I bet the director of Frontier Psychiatrist gave them this as a reference!). It is just so fun; like Daft Punks music. I love the lighting also!

Beyonce Knowles – Countdown

Man I’m jealouis of Jay-Z. I think this clip is nearly as sexy and mesmerizing as Single Ladies (one of the greatest clips of all time!) and it is my favorite song of Beyonce’s. I remember it was one of the videos onboard a flight home from a tour to Perth we did. I watched it about ten times that day.

Aphex Twin – Windowlicker

I really don’t know what to say about this. Just watch it.

Amy Winehouse – Rehab

I first saw this when I was up late one night watching Rage. I hadn’t heard anything from Amy before I saw it and I remember being totally compelled by her. I straightaway loved the song and thought her deadpan acting in the clip was so badass. Nothing much really happens here, it’s just her swagger. She’s so comfortable in both the song and the clip that you are convinced she is already a superstar; and she was relatively unknown before this. It’s like the director saw this in her and decided to eliminate everything so as to bring it out.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Awesome performance by Karen O. Very convincing. It’s so heartbreaking too. Trying to hold it together and singing “wait, they don’t love you like I love you”; she just seems so vulnerable!

Justice – Stress

Man this is scary. Romain Gavras, the director, has a lot of confronting work but this is probably the most vicious of all. I don’t think there are many other pieces of film that I have seen make me feel quite as uncomfortable as this. It also kind of feels as if the song becomes the soundtrack to the film: as if the clip was made first. Very raw!

Micheal Jackson – Black or White

Micheal Jackson is probably the first person you think of when you talk about video clips. I always loved this one of his the most. Its so simplistic; a bunch of different faces and an anti-racism anthem. It is a great appeal to humanity. The smiling human face is such a powerful image.

FasterLouder presents Loon Lake tour:

Friday 10th August – Jive, Adelaide

Saturday 11th August – The Loft, Warrnambool

Friday 17th August – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane

Saturday 18th August – Solbar, Maroochydore

Thursday 23rd August – The Patch, Wollongong

Friday 24th August – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney

Saturday 25th August – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Saturday 1st September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne