Introducing Hubs tropes: all hail Busby Berkeley


Our weekly guide to the cliches, visual iconography and historical references that make up the vernacular of modern music videos.

The visionary pioneer of the movie musical, Busby Berkeley (1885- 1976 ) is routinely referenced in some of the best music videos of the modern age. Berkeley’s much-pillaged visual style includes saucy showgirls, stream of consciousness scenes, synchronized swimming, tiered wedding cake stages and staircases to nowhere. From movie dream sequences (The Big Lebowski) to that irritating NuvaRing contraception ad, Berkeley’s incredible visual style is here to stay.

Below are our favorite Berkeley ‘homages’, add your own favorites in the comments section.

Chemical Brothers: Let Forever Be, Directed by Michel Gondry

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The Dandy Warhols: Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth, Directed by David LaChapelle


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Bjork: It’s Oh So Quiet, Directed by Spike Jonze


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