Music videos changed the music industry completely. Artists were finally given a “visual voice” and fans were able to put faces with names. Musicians are often a little quirky however, resulting in many truly bizarre videos. . In honor of these “out of this world” artists, we’ve put together a list of the 15 Weirdest Music Videos. Enjoy!
15. Zlad “Elektronik Supersonik”
This catchy electro-pop song first came out back in 2004. Comedian Santo Cilauro, the Australian Sascha Baron Cohen, created Vlad as a joke, but ended up with our 15th weirdest music video ever made!
14. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
Formed in the mid-80’s, Soundgarden was one of the main originators of Grunge, getting their start in Seattle. The band had a string of successful hits, but by far the weirdest music video they ever made was Black Hole Sun. The video may have been a little odd, but that didn’t stop it from winning an MTV Video Award as well as a Clio award.
13. Tommy Sparks “She’s Got me Dancing”
Realeased in May of 2009, Tommy Sparks ‘She’s Got me Dancing’ breaks onto our list at number 13. The video, which features laser shooting, spandex clad, work out inspired dancers, looks more like a creation of the 80’s than of 2009. But none the less, it is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.
12. Marilyn Manson “Beautiful People”
Marilyn Manson is well known for his wild antics and out of this world music. But when the video for his hit single, Beautiful People was released in 1996, people were shocked. The video, which has been described as “the creepiest of the creepy” videos, still managed to win MTV Video Awards for Best Rock Video and Best Special Effects.
11. Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper”
There isn’t much to stay about this song, except it’s called “I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper”. If people didn’t think this would be a strange video, then I fear for humanity! The video, starring The Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman, tells the story of a young women, who, you guessed it, falls in love with a starship trooper. For that reason alone, it comes in on our list at Number 11.
10. Ilkka Lipsanen and Armi Aavikko “I Wanna Love You Tender”
Finnish singers Ilkka Lipsanen and Armi Aavikko paired up back in 1974 to create a “Grease” inspired music video to their hit song, “I Wanna Love You Tender”. The video seems alright, but once you add in the horrible back up dancers, the space setting and the flying car, it gets a little strange.
9. Leonard Nimoy “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”
As if Leonard Nimoy needed to prove himself even more odd, the ‘Star Trek’ legend released this gem. “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”, which comes in at number 9 on our list, tells the story of the little Hobbit featured in J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. Beyond weird.
8. Tool “Parabola”
If you are in the market for nightmare’s, you might want to watch this video before bed. Tool’s “Paraboloa” is the longest video on our list, and definetly one of the creepiest. The video wasn’t very well recieved by audiences, but did earn some respect from critics.
7. Daler Mhendi “Tunak Tunak Tun”
Daler Mhendi, in the form of asteroids that hit the Earth and then become dancing men. What about this music video isn’t strange? Daler Mhendi made this video to prove to critics that his videos could be successful even without feature beautiful women! Well, the video has certainly been successful, but more because of the freak factor.
6. Barnes and Barnes “Fish Heads”
With a name like “Fish Heads”, you are bound to have a weird video. The video, which feature’s “Big Love”‘s Bill Paxton, is their most famous video, and directly responsible for their induction into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame. They call it comedy, I just call it plain strange.
5. MGMT “Kids”
After seeing this video, it almost makes me not want to be an MGMT fan. I’m not really sure how they filmed a video of a child screaming at scary monsters, without actually scarring the kid for life, but their website reassures fans that no children were harmed in the making of the video. If you ever need to give your kids nightmares, my suggestion would be to show them this shortly before bed.
4. David Hasselhoff “Hooked on a Feeling”
I’m hooked on this video. David Hasselhoff showed off his AMAZING skills in this one of a kind music video. Basically, the entire thing takes place in front of a green screen. And he is a judge on America’s Got Talent? Hopefully he doesn’t advise them to make music videos this weird.
3. The Avalanches “Frontier Psychiatrist
An electronic Pop band from Australia, The Avalanches first got their start back in 1997. Frontier Psychiatry is definitely an acquired taste, but it did receive second place at the SoHo Short Film Festival.
2. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart
Flying school boys, S&M dancers, and ninjas. If that isn’t the description of one insane video, I don’t know what is. The video tells the story of a school teacher who is apparently “dreaming” about her students. It’s pretty nuts. The high light of the video has to be the boys choir with blue glowing eyes.
1. Aphex Twin “Come to Daddy
Our number one choice was difficult, but it had to go to Aphex Twin’s, “Come to Daddy”. This video is pure nightmare fuel. Known for their incredibly creepy music videos, the band first got their start back in the mid 1980’s. Aphex Twin actually could have made the list multiple times, but instead we just picked what we feel is their strangest video and gave them the top spot. We definitely feel it’s much deserved.