Introducing Music Video Monday, a new series from Smashed Vinyl! Yep, you guessed it. It's all about music videos.
What could be better than the art of music and film coming together in one, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying and sometimes awful, package? Each week we are going to take a look at several videos that share a similar theme. We will look at the latest videos released from the latest bands as well as classic videos from the glory days of MTV and before.
To kick us off we are looking at the subject of getting over break-ups.
Silent Movie Susie - The Big Moon (2016)
The Big Moon are one of the best indie bands in the UK right now so having a new music video from the band can only be a good thing, especially when it involves Barbie dildos and operating on a toy dog. The video which, consists solely of Barbie and Ken dolls, takes us through the heartbreak of a Barbie who has been cheated on by her lover. But, do not fear, the Barbie in question moves on thanks to the use of her impressive to-scale dildo, tinder and a good workout. In no time at all the Barbie is off on a stride of pride before ending up at a Big Moon show which, is a pretty good way to spend a day.
When I Come Around - Green Day (1994)
Green Day are unquestionably the best living punk band and have a huge back catalogue of awesome music videos to accompany their distinguished career. When I Come Around is no exception, the track from their album Dookie much like Silent Movie Susie covers the trials of getting over break-ups as well as the yearn for love of the lonely. The video follows the three punks around the dark lit bay-area as they pass various lovers and losers who either have love or crave it. With it's catchy riff and relatable vibe it's no surprise it stuck around in the charts for a fair bit when it came out and the video frequented TV screens all around the world in 1994.
We are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (2012)
Who knows more about writing a break-up song than Taylor Swift? Her career has, for better or worse, been defined by them. The video for We Are Never Getting Back Together features Taylor and her lover breaking up time after time as well as musicians dressed as animals miming instruments on the back of a truck. The song is as cheesey and the video is as over the top as you would expect from a chart topping faux country/pop singer like Taylor Swift but it is all quite the spectacle.