Thursday, 21 January 2010

Icon #38 The Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Between @nessalouise and myself we cooked up this weeks icon theme, 'most iconic music video' and there were loads of entries today both on twitter and facebook.


Many suggested Thriller, Bohemian Rhapsody, Take on Me, Another Brick in the Wall or Sledgehammer.  All iconic I agree.  But for me it came down to two, one that makes me laugh and one that brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it.  And most times after that.


I thought it would be best to just show the one that, personally I feel, is the most iconic music video ever made (that got suggested today).

When it came out in 1994 it was just so different from anything else that was being produced.  I watched a lot of MTV at the time, far more than I ever do now and back then music videos still meant something.  The Beastie Boys made something that just struck a chord with my generation and certainly in my student house we all loved it.  (Apart from that weird guy that lived in the front bedroom and never came out...)  Ok, so that chord was that it made us laugh, but it just suits the song, which is equally awesome.  It's directed by Spike Jonze who is a bit of a genius when it comes to this stuff.  He also directed two of my favourites that no one suggested.  Maybe more on those another day although I'm hugely shocked that @theboycheese didn't plumb for one of them.  Bad luck MC you could have won today.  But that aside, I love Sabotage.  A one off piece of tongue in cheek brilliance.

Today's post is dedicated to @moviegrrl who suggested Sabotage via facebook.  But special mention for @Mo_Jesus who suggested Hurt by Johnny Cash which came a very close second.