My co-worker posed a question the other day. He asked, “If you had the opportunity to send five music videos into the cosmos in the hopes that some alien civilization would find and be able to watch them, what videos would they be?”
We spoke for a few minutes and set up some guidelines. The videos, in our opinion, would have to be ones that would give the alien race an overall sense of what music videos are, how they are and why MTV doesn't play them anymore. The popularity of the song or the artist(s) would not matter, just the video.
And somehow, it wasn't hard to pick. I had about ten and then just had to narrow it down.
I'll list mine first with a little commentary. If Jeffrey has any comments, I can add those later. Feel free to drop your top five in the comments and your reasons why they should be sent into space.
Worlds Apart – Journey
Worlds Apart is the quintessential music video. Full band playing invisible instruments. Lip syncing. Real emotion that is faked. Then real instruments. A girl who seems not to notice them. A wharf. This is the Rosetta Stone of music videos.
Wires - RED FANG
This video is very instructional as it gives a step by step course on how to make a video. And they break shit because that is what rock is all about.
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Sledgehammer takes the Worlds Apart Rosetta Stone and smashes it in front of the Golden Calf of the music industry. This is the best video ever.
Psycho Killer (From the Film “Stop Making Sense) - The Talking Heads
David Byrne does not need to have his video shot into space, because he is God and can do it himself. He'll get to it once the Earth is destroyed and he finds himself seeking entertainment on another ethereal plane.
Jerk It – Thunderheist
I have my reasons for liking this video. You can read about them here.
Here are Jeffrey's videos. Not a bad collection to send our alien friends to be.
Hot for Teacher- Van Halen
Fat- Weird Al
OK, so to understand this one, the Aliens would need to know that this is a parody, so we are allowing a 4.5th video to go along and that would be:
Bad- Michael Jackson