Music Videos through History

  • Illustrated Song

    Illustrated Song
    The very first music video was produced as a series of images of live performance of 'Little Lost Child'. This was known as the illustrated song. It was produced by George Thomas.
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    Music Videos through History

  • Reg Kehoe & his Miramba Queens

    Reg Kehoe & his Miramba Queens
    A Study in Brown This film was made at the beginning of 1940. It's fairly short lasting only twoa nd a half minutes. It was shown in movie houses as an extra before the screening.
  • Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man

    Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man
    Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man Another example of an early music video, which again is mostly live performance. There is a trend occuring!
  • Marty Robbins - Devil Woman

    Marty Robbins - Devil Woman
    Devil Woman There are several videos of Marty Robbins performing this song. By the 1960's live footabge was much more common.
  • The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

    Strawberry Fields Forever The promtional video was released before music videos were common and popular. It features many techonologies such as reverse film effects, stop motion animation and jump cuts from day to night. Like all the other music video's here it also features live performance.
  • Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

    Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne
    Arnold Layne This black and white promo was the first of it's genre. It had a now tiny budget of £2000, but I presume that was a lot back then. It was supposed to be shown on Top of the POps in '67 but was cancelled when the single fell down in the charts. Boo! it features Barrett lip-synching the song, and is the only song he syncs in before his mental illness took hold.
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

    Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
    Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody is a timeless piece of art. There has been nothing so elaborate in all of pop history. The music video was ground breaking, as if the song wasn't enough. Due to the success of the promtional video it became a standard process for record companies to make these types of videos. It also allows for the artist to have their song shown on music television and not have to appear in person.
  • Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star

    Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
    Video Killed the Radio Star Wow. The very first music video to be shown on MTV in the US on the 1st of August 1981. If this wasn't enough, it was also the one million'th video to be played on MTV. Very popular indeed.
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller

    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Thriller Some agrue this viedo helped seem together racial equality. The then black Michael Jackson was finally aired on MTV due to the videos vast success. The President of CBS Records had to theaten MTV with relinquishing any vides from CBS and telling the press of their racist tendancies. Thankfully MTV agreed to air the video for the world to see. What a video.
  • Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

    Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
    Sledgehammer Featuring claymation, pixilation and stop motion this video was a massive hit. During the scene where Gabriel is in a Christmas Tree shaking about, he is actually being electricuted! Although not the first to use new techniques, the video won 9 MTV Video Music Awards in '87.
  • Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time

    Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
    ...Baby One More Time A great dance video which surely inspired many school girls of the late 90's. One of the first modern dance videos it's still fun to watch today.
  • Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

    Robbie Williams - Rock DJ
    Rock DJ Controversial alert. This video features explicit content, beginning with Robbie stripping off his clothes. He then carries on ripping off his skin and muscles and organs and whatever else. He is left as just bones which was achieved through special effects. The end of the video reads "No Robbies were Harmed During the Making of this Video". Many channels still cut the video's ending of Robbie removing his skin.
  • OK Go - Here It Goes Again

    OK Go - Here It Goes Again
    OK Go - Here It Goes Again The songs success is largely down to the video. Here comes the treadmill trend. The video has been copied numourous times, as the dancing on a treadmill really took off. It's all filmed in one continuous take.
  • Lady Gaga - Paparazzi

    Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
    Lady Gaga - Paparazzi The extended version of 'Paparazzi' is practically a shot film, similar to 'Thriller'. Gaga was happy with the way it turned out and rightly so. Although it's slightly weird, it's damn cool. It features many messages and even homage to Hitchcock's film Vertigo.
  • John Mayer - Paper Doll

    John Mayer - Paper Doll
    John Mayer - Paper Doll A recent trend in the US is Prancercising. Joanna Rohrback is the expert and she has been involved in a lycical video endorsed by Mayer himself. Although this is a bit of fun, it shows how the music industry tries to catch on to current trends for publicity. This will certainly help get Mayer's new single listened to.