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Old 09-27-09, 01:48 PM
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Music videos that pay homage to films

Just like the thread title says, something that's been fascinating me lately are music videos that heavily allude to movies. It's interesting to see which films are being referenced and how well the music actually matches up.

There are lots of cheesy examples of this - Paula Abdul's "Rush Rush" video that recreates Rebel Without a Cause springs to mind - but sometimes it is done very, very well.

My favorites are:

Blur - "To the End"
A really beautiful pastiche of Alain Resnais' Last Year At Marienbad, which I love. Even better than "The Universal" homage to Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.
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U2 - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)"
Great homage to Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
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Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight, Tonight"
They make great videos in general, but the fact that this was directly inspired by Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon makes it my favorite by them.
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Michael Jackson - "Smooth Criminal"
Even though it's in a movie, this incredible sequence pays homage to a Fred Astaire dance scene in The Band Wagon. It's still one of the best MJ videos ever.
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So I'm curious, out of all the film-referencing music videos out there, which is your favorite? Is it because of the band or because of the movie it alludes to?
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Couldn't find a youtube but Faith No More's "Last Cup of Sorrow" pays homage to "Vertigo".
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Madonna - Express yourself was a homage to Metropolis
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Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf = Indiana Jones
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

2Pac and Dr. Dre's homage to the Mad Max films (with a little Warriors shout-out):

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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Paula Abdul's "Rush Rush" is a remake of Rebel Without a Cause

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyW-N7Cxeek
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

It's not really a homage since it's made in conjunction with the film, but Aimee Mann's "Save Me" video is a stunner, especially to those who have seen the movie Magnolia.

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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Not a favorite, just one that popped into my head.

Slipknot - Spit it Out
The Shining
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

I don't know if the OP realizes it, but that U2 video is more than an homage, since the song is in the film Faraway, So Close! (which is a semi-sequel to Wings of Desire). The video was directed by Wim Wenders.
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Metallica's ONE video (and song) are based on "Johnny Got His Gun"



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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

The video for Everybody Hurts by REM is an homage to the opening scene in Fellini's 8 1/2

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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Rob Zombie's "Never Gonna Stop" is a direct homage to "A Clockwork Orange"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikysf...om=PL&index=14
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Originally Posted by cungar View Post
The video for Everybody Hurts by REM is an homage to the opening scene in Fellini's 8 1/2
I never knew that (having never seen 8 1/2) and have always admired that video.
Even the Wikipedia listing doesn't mention that in their entry.
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Madonna
Material Girl: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Express Yourself: Metropolis
Oh Father: Citizen Kane
Power of Goodbye: Humoresque
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There was a video playing on Palladia last year. Forgot the name of the band and the song but it was a post-appocalyptic western. Long list of movies to pay homage to
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

There are likely many, many of these, but just offhand I can only add:

La jetée --> David Bowie's Jump They Say
Danger: Diabolik --> The Beastie Boys' Body Movin'
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
I don't know if the OP realizes it, but that U2 video is more than an homage, since the song is in the film Faraway, So Close! (which is a semi-sequel to Wings of Desire). The video was directed by Wim Wenders.
Ah, I didn't know this. Thanks! I've never seen Faraway, So Close! but really want to watch it now... and I'm dying to get my hands on that Wings of Desire Criterion already.

That REM/Fellini homage is great. Seen 8 1/2 so many times but haven't seen the "Everybody Hurts" video in years so never made the connection.

Keep 'em coming!
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Wasn't there a Jay-Z video that was pretty much "The Usual Suspects"?
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

Lady Sovereign - "I Got You Dancing"
(Homage to The Warriors)

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Mylene Farmer - "L'ame-stram-gram"
(Not a homage to any specific movie, but to Hong Kong cinema in general. It was directed by Ching Siu Tung and has a bit of A Chinese Ghost Storyfeel.)

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Evangelicals - "Midnight Vignette"
(Also not a homage to any specific film, but a cool recreation of '70's slasher/grindhouse movies)

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30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill (The Shining)
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Re: Music videos that pay homage to films

EPMD,Redman,Method Man-"Symphony 2000" (Halloween,Texas Chainsaw Massacre,The Shining<---Apparently a very popular movie for videos)

Sugar Ray-"When It's Over" (Game of Death)

De La Soul-"Oooh" (The Wizard of Oz)

Phil Collins-"Don't lose my number" (Road Warrior,a few others I can't remember)

Wyclef Jean-"We Trying to Stay Alive" (Saturday Night Fever)

Sparkle-"It's a Fact" (Basic Instinct)

D-12-"Fight Music" (The Warriors)

Rob Zombie-"Living Dead Girl" (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

Busta Rhymes-"Dangerous" (Lethal Weapon,The Last Dragon)

Motley Crue-"Hooligans' Holiday" (A Clockwork Orange)

Nas-"Street Dreams" (Casino)

Spandau Ballet-"Gold" (Goldfinger)

Method Man & Redman-"How High" (Nice Dreams)

Thompson Twins-"Lies,Lies,Lies" (2001: A Space Odyssey) (?)

The Whoridas-"Talkin About Bank" Pulp Fiction

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Madonna
Material Girl: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Express Yourself: Metropolis
Oh Father: Citizen Kane
Power of Goodbye: Humoresque
Can't be sure, but I always thought her video for "Deeper and Deeper" was a nod to Warhol films.
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Strapping Young Lad "Love?"
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The 69 eyes "lost Boys" is well about the Lost Boys
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Queen - 'Radio GaGa' (Metropolis)
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
There was a video playing on Palladia last year. Forgot the name of the band and the song but it was a post-appocalyptic western. Long list of movies to pay homage to
Muse "Knights of Cydonia" (great song)

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