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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 114: Herbie Hancock “Rockit”

Sometimes the most twisted videos are the ones that kicked off the whole music video culture. So, on this Friday, we’re gonna be heading back into the past to check out Herbie Hancock‘s infamous “Rockit” video, which ultimately snagged five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 (the year I was born). The video, which was directed by duo Godley & Creme, is full of robotic humanoid sculptures that are never quite complete and move in jarring, unsettling manners. It was revolutionary when it was released and it still ranks highly among the “WTF did I just watch?” music videos.

“Rockit” comes from the 1983 album Future Shock, which you can snag on iTunes.



  • EvilHead1981

    I was a kid when that music video came out, and it used to scare the shit out of me! I thought it was just so fuckin’ bizarre, the mannequin heads and robot legs and all those spasmic jerks. Those fuckin mannequin faces are the stuff of nightmares(especially that damn baby!). I always say, I have a greater appreciation for horror because a LOT of shit freaked me the fuck out as a child. I think that’s not too far from the truth.

  • NixEclips

    Yes, EvilHead, this one freaked me out as a kid, as well. And what a great song.

  • Ga5ton

    This could easily be a Nine Inch Nails video

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