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Featured Artist: Barenaked Videos Rock

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Videos by Barenaked Ladies fill the criteria for entertainment as defined by Josh’s laws of music (definition of entertaining: videos not by Beyonce, Trace Adkins, Gavin DeGraw, or Missy Elliot). Barenaked Ladies has always kept a certain level of humor in their music. Often, this humor is transferred into their videos, making them some of the greatest out there today.

One example is the video for their song “Too Little Too Late,” which begins by making the band members, particularly Steven Page, portray actors shooting a video. In the middle of the video, they have a commercial run, in which the band’s name is incorporated into various products that is really neat. It took three full days of shooting to get the footage for this video.

Another unique video is from their album Stunt. “It’s All Been Done” depicts the band playing at a party in a house with multiple pets. The video is then shown through the eyes of the various pets and shows their experiences throughout the party.

The video for “One Week”, also from Stunt, effectively conveys the musical ups and downs of the song while remaining fun. Easily one of their best, it incorporates concepts from a movie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and a television show (The Dukes of Hazzard). While depicting the latter, band member Ed Robertson completes an impressive hood slide that you really must see.

“Get in Line”, which was made for the King of the Hill soundtrack, contains a clever mix of animation and live action from the band members. And it is only fair a song about paranoia features the most paranoid character from the show, Dale. This video also does an extremely good job of transferring the energy the band carries during a live performance.

But quite possibly my favorite music video by Barenaked Ladies is for the song “Pinch Me.” from their album Maroon. It takes place in a restaurant mentioned in the first verse (“There’s a restaurant down the street/where hungry people like to eat”). Employees are supposed to give happy thumbs up to all their customers, similar to the McDonald’s smile. However it is hard for the main character (Ed Robertson) to do so when he is so bored with his life in general.

Their new video is going to incorporate fans. If you have mad air guitar skills you can possibly be in their next video, “Wind It Up”. Which would be awesome because Barenaked Ladies videos kick 50 Cent's video’s butt, plain and simple.

There are more pieces to come throughout the month, as Barenaked Ladies are the Blogcritics Featured Artist for September.

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  • M

    wtf, Gavin Degraw is the BEST!

  • Josh

    I didn’t comment on his musical skills, I commented on his ability to make music videos that don’t cause me to change the channel.