4 Iconic Music Videos without the Music
Music videos can make the band. They can be iconic (often in the case of “pop” music, particularly moronic). The whole point of a music video is to sell the music … so what if the music was taken away?
Check out this batch of short ‘musicless’ videos created by YouTuber, Mario Wienerroither. Wienerroither records everything himself. He comments: “it’s funnier jumping around on the floor than searching every single sample in libraries”. This lot really does make you question the sanity of music video makers.
1. The Prodigy – “Firestarter”
From the original video alone, Keith Flint can be viewed as a raging nutball, screaming about starting fires in tunnels. Taking away the music … well, it makes it a bit creepier. Flint contorts and shuffles (and sneezes) around in silence. The whole thing blown out of its box. Have a laugh but go for a quick wee first. Just to be safe.
2. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
You know the score with this one – band play to an audience and cheerleaders while a man cleans the floor at the back. More of the same, no riffs.
3. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
Not a rock video but a worthy mention. JK slips and slides around his little room the same as the +music version, but it’s the extra attention to detail like the shrill skid noises, the breathing and scuttling of the little beetle that make it.
4. Queen – “I Want To Break Free”
This should have been the start of the original video. Stripping the music away from the opening hoovering scene with only Mercury’s vocals is brilliant. Maybe “Rogerette” Taylor clattering over to a stereo to bring the music score in with a bang?
The extra noises and attention to detail is brilliant. Hats off to Mr Wienerroither!