Music videos are a strange form of media.
Despite being essentially an expensive promotional tool for a band or song, music videos often have a reputation for being some of the most visually creative and bombastic examples of short films.
I used to joke that whenever you see a visually over-the-top film come out I.E. The Cell, The City of Lost Children, or The Crow; in most cases it’s been directed by someone with a background in music videos.
Either that or the French… Lord knows the French love fucking peoples brains with pretty pictures.
Anyway, as any young medium tends to do, music videos didn’t start out as flashy or outrageous as they are today.
The earliest music videos the pre-MTV era were shot in largely static fashion, with very little in the way of props or creative imagery.
In most cases, it was enough to simply film the band playing, (only applicable if they played their own instruments. Sorry Monkees.) and then maybe have a dancer or 2 prance around and mug for the camera.
The evolution of the medium of course came with advances in technology, increased budgets, and the burgeoning popularity of MTV, though as you’re about to find, not all video producers would take advantage of said advancements.
Which brings me to subject of “the worst music video I’ve ever seen.”
I spent some time (Read: 5 minutes) poking around on the Google looking for the worst music videos I could find, and surprisingly; I didn’t find a single mention of the one video I always felt was my personal worst.
Mostly I just found “bad” shit like this, a Finnish disco-esque tune called “I Want To Love You Tender”:
Truth be told, I fail to see how this is all that shitty.
Yeah, the dancers are more than a little out of sync, and yeah, the spaceship set has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the song; but in all honesty, I don’t see anything about this video that makes it extraordinarily bad.
Hell, maybe it’s just because I’m a disco kind of guy, (not gay) but I actually kind of like the tune of the song, crappy phonetic English included.
Besides, I ask you, how could a movie that features disco He-Man be the worst of all time!?
Anyway, the worst video I ever saw was aired on late-night MTV in the early 90’s, and I remember laughing at it with my friends all the time.
It was stupid to the point of being ridiculous, and to this day I don’t know how a production company actually arrived at the decision to shoot it, let alone have it be aired on national television.
Seriously man, I could have shot a better video than this drunk, and I’m allergic to alcohol.
And by “allergic,” I don’t mean itchy rash allergic.
I mean wrath of God, opening of The Ark of the Covenant allergic:
Anyway, without further ado, here is the worst music video that I personally have ever seen, “The Plant Man”:
The song was regularly featured on the music video interludes on Beavis & Butthead, though oddly enough the 2 characters had little to say about the actual video.
My best guess is, the thing was so crappy that Mike Judge decided it would be best not to harp on it any further and just let it’s innate crappiness do the talking for him.
Looking at the singer, (Gary Young) and listening to the lyrics of the song, I can’t help but suspect that the guy was probably a street performer some producer brought into the studio on a whim ala Trading Places.
The man clearly has very little talent, and he certainly has no charisma, but oh well, I guess he was good enough for my friends and I to laugh at when we were in grade school.
Anyway, hopefully you all enjoyed this little stroll down memory lane.
I wanna’ say I did, but to be perfectly honest, this brought back some shitty memories… of shitty music videos.