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Madonna

I was gently swaying in the breeze to ‘Rain’ on Hubs earlier today and decided to dig around a little and find out more about one of my favorite childhood videos (shh). Did you know it was shot entirely in black and white with each frame hand colored to get that intense saturation effect? It was also the FIFTH single off Erotica (thanks Wikipedia). Those were the days.

That part, half way through the song, where the wall of lights slowly reach full intensity during “Here comes the suuuuuuuun” gets me every time…

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RIP MJ

It’s difficult to pinpoint Michael Jackson’s biggest contribution to popular culture. Was it his ability to seamlessly combine soul, R&B and pop? Or the way he spread urban culture to every conceivable corner of the globe? Or was it his mastery of spectacle, which transformed concerts into high tech extravaganzas that defined the entertainment revolution?

But for us, the magic of MJ was always about his music videos. No artist, before or since, could turn music videos into a global event. We’ll always have memories of crowding around the living room television waiting for his clips to debut on MTV. Over-the-top, big budget affairs, a Michael Jackson video felt more like a mini-feature; perfectly executed rock operas that could ignite the imaginations of millions of people all over the world.

It’s pretty difficult to nail down his best video. The obvious choice is, of course, “Thriller,” a 13 minute, fastidiously choreographed masterpiece that remains seared into the cultural memory. But Thriller is only part of the story. Another perfect pop cultural gem is “Bad,” a Martini Scorsese foray, which featured a then unknown Wesley Snipes. From there he went from the high concept (the groundbreaking morphing effects in “Black or White”), to the zeitgeisty (Herb Ritts’ sepia toned video for “In the Closet” which featured Naomi Campbell) to the bombastic (the “Scream” video with Janet Jackson, which remains the most expensive clip ever made). We could go on…

But for now, hats off. glitter gloves on. Let’s salute the best music video artist of all time with HubsTV’s fave MJ clip.

MichaelJackson

Michael Jackson ‘Scream’

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Madness ‘Devil Dust’

Madness

One of the best things about being a Hubs editor is the amount of new music that gets shoved in our ears (obviously). On receiving the new Madness video I was pretty skeptical, I mean ‘House of Fun’ is a classic but one of those songs I can barely tolerate at Karaoke let alone consider adding to my Favorites on Hubs. ‘Devil Dust’, however, went straight to the top of my list after a few listens. Madness have been around for 30 YEARS and it’s most excellent to know they can still swirl out a catchy tune after all this time.

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Summer’s crossing…

With Memorial day heralding the unofficial start of summer here in the Northeast, we’ve been coming up with a list of our favorite ever warm weather holiday tunes.

Summer has always been a rich source of inspiration for music videos: it’s a time to reconsider one’s reckless warm weather flings, pine for romance past, trip the light fantastic in a tropical locale, or like The Bangles in their hit ‘Cruel Summer’ simply bitch and moan about a pretty shitty season. Over the next few months expect HubsTV to be ablaze with the summer’s best jams. Here’s to the season!

NKOTB

Summertime – NKOTB

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Hubs tropes… roll up, roll up.

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

It’s time for a long-awaited installment of Hubs tropes. With wild animals, creepy clowns, fancy costumes and colorful props, the Circus has to be one of the most ubiquitous themes in music videos. Who doesn’t love the old fashion razzle-dazzle of the big top with its cute animals and saucy trapeze artists?

Sometimes sad (Annie Lennox), sometimes deranged (Primus), you can always look to the old big top when you’re out of ideas. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

Panic at the Disco ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’

Panic at the Disco

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Annie Lennox ‘Why’

Is there anything sadder than a sorrowful showgirl?

Annie Lennox

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Britney Spears ‘Circus’

ok, ok. I think we can count on Ms Spears to declare the carnival officially over.

Britney Spears

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Christina Aguilera ‘Hurt’

Aggers plays another sad carnie in this sweeping period drama.

Christina Aguilera

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T-Pain ‘Can’t Believe it’ (feat. Lil Wayne)

Remember that nasty crunk/clown movement a few years ago?

T-Pain

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Jai Hoes

Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls never met a trend they didn’t love and want to hijack and desecrate and rub their inflated tits on. So it goes with their horrifying rendition of ‘Jai Ho,’ the Oscar award winning song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Judging from this preview video (via mtv) we can trust the Dolls to leave their own slutty imprimatur on the track whilst offending the entire country of India in the process. Slutty Saris a go-go!

UPDATE!!!

Watch the video now on HubsTV.

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Pimping out cool…

The Merchants of Cool

At HubsTV we’re not really nostalgic types. But as massive fans of both Frontline and music videos, we were really interested to discover the 2000 PBS documentary The Merchants of Cool, which chronicles the creators and sellers of popular culture and those who transformed teenagers into the hottest consumer demographic in the world.

Of particular interest is the exploration of MTV and its research campaigns taking us inside the machinations of the channel and its now defunct TRL brand.

A lot has changes in the last nine years. Back then Limp Bizkit were dominating TRL, Dawson’s Creek was a television phenomenon, and Cruel Intentions had everyone hot and bothered.

Watch The Merchants of Cool here


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