It’s pretty amazing to think that the Twisted Music Video Of The Week series has reached its 100th volume. There’ve been 99 twisted music videos brought to you by yours truly over almost two years. But for this special 100th edition, I’ve decided to hand over the reins to three music video directors who are constantly challenging the genre, pushing the envelope and raising it back to an art form that moves beyond simple performance videos. So after the jump you can see which videos Phil Mucci (Huntress, Stone Sour, High On Fire), Michael Panduro (Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage), and Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation, Child Bite) chose as their favorite Twisted Music Videos!
“This video really opened my eyes to the possibilities of the medium. I first saw it after I’d already done a couple music videos for major labels, and was getting discouraged by the generic commercialism they insisted upon. What Roboshobo did with “All Nightmare Long” blew me away. Zombie cats, secret Soviet experiments, global pandemics and marauding kill-bots? Count me in! Though I’ve never been fortunate enough to command that kind of budget for my own projects, I’m always striving to attain that same level of unadulterated psycho badassery with my own work. One of the greatest moments of my career so far was the day that Roboshobo himself contacted me to tell me how much he loved my video for Opeth’s “The Devil’s Orchard”. Nothing like getting a reach around from one of your greatest inspirations!”
“FULL DISCLOSURE: Casper is a good friend of mine, and I was actually supposed to have helped him out with this video. I wound up regretfully not working on it, though. All that aside, I truly think Casper created something original and genuinely disturbing here. The interaction between the gruesome spectacle on screen, the beautiful shots and the mesmerizing effect of super slow motion together with the music creates a whole that draws me in and pushes me away at the same time. I’m equally repulsed and attracted by the video and that’s truly fascinating.”
“I was really young when I saw this. So young, I didn’t know who Genesis was or that it was political satire. All I knew, the visuals made me feel a twinge of fun, fear, and that proverbial “what-the-fuck?”. I am basing this choice on childhood naiveté and nostalgia. It was a pure experience seeing this video (and a lot of the videos in the 80s). I wasn’t a sarcastic or hateful prick then. I wasn’t resentful nor was I easy to scoff at something because ‘so and so’ did the music or it’s really just a ‘political’ thing or ‘they are just stealing from so and so’. This (and when MTV was a fun roulette) is an amalgam of everything – horror, absurdity, the dada or surrealistic, all in a very limited format, like a lozenge. It sparked something in me that only later on, when I was older and found Jordovsky, Brothers Quay, Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Von Trier, Jeunet, NIN videos, etc…, they all seemed “familiar” to me because of that little spark from so long ago: to not know what the fuck was going on but to accept it on its own merit because if you base your thoughts only on what you see and hear, you get more from it than fighting what you don’t see or don’t know. Of course, I watch this video now and laugh. It still holds up so I am happy to say even as a kid, I had pretty good taste for that lozenge of the absurd (or what I thought was the absurd at the time).”