In anticipation of our new There’s No ‘I’ In Team Season, we’ve put together a playlist of sports themed music videos.
Wait, a Playlist of Sport?…?
Yeah, a Playlist of Sport?
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Because it’s also a question of sport.
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The Chemical Brothers ‘Elektrobank’ dir. Spike Jonze – The man who brought us Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are and modern love story Her cut his teeth in music videos. Starring then wife, and director of Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola, Jonze employs some nifty camera trickery in this promo that emphasises the power of the song with the graceful physicality of a gymnastic routine.
Take That ‘The Flood’ dir. Mat Whitecross – So back in 2010, when Robbie rejoined Take That and half the world rejoiced whilst the other half eye-rolled, there was a need to squash any scepticism that the group could work together again. What better way to show everyone was on the same page than portraying a rowing crew – a team whose success depends on cohesiveness and synchronisation. It’s easy to be cynical about anything in pop music, but this is actually an effective and polished video.
Jimmy Eat World ‘Lucky Denver Mint’ dir. Darren Doane – Like There’s No ‘I’ In Team Season, this video shows that sports aren’t just about competition – they’re about communities, making friends and having fun. Sadly, for the members of Jimmy Eat World, there’s always those who takes things too seriously and spoil it for the rest of us.
Weezer ‘Hash Pipe’ dir. Marcos Siega – It’s a very distinct image; geek-rockers Weezer surrounded by dancing sumo wrestlers. What it all means is anyone’s guess, but it looks great and the song is awesome.
Marilyn Manson ‘The Fight Song’ dir. W.I.Z. – This video caused a lot of controversy when it first aired in 2001 with commentators feeling the depiction of goths versus jocks in a high school football game had too much in common with the Columbine shootings.
Roots Manuva ‘Witness (1 Hope)’ dir. Mat Kirkby – A tongue-in-cheek look at how the misfortunes of our school days can stay with us long into adulthood. Roots Manuva just can’t let go of the fact he lost at his school sports day and plots to take down a class of ten-year-olds in order to reclaim some measure of self-esteem.
Air ‘Kelly Watch the Stars’ dir. Mike Mills – Considered something of a renaissance man, Mills also created music videos for ‘Sexy Boy’ and ‘All I Need’ for Air’s Moon Safari album, all showcasing a different style and aesthetic. Despite its retro feel, this promo was in many ways ahead of its time in exploring the relationship between humans and video game technology.
Bombay Bicycle Club ‘Luna’ dir. Anna Ginsburg – Considering the commonplace of dance choreography in music videos and the marriage of synchronised swimming and music, it’s a wonder we don’t see more swim routines in pop promos.
Vampire Weekend ‘Giving Up the Gun’ dir. The Malloys – a futuristic tennis tournament that features Jake Gyllenhaal as a cocky racket-man and Wu Tang Clansman RZA as a cooler-than-cool umpire. If only all tennis matches were this interesting, we might consider watching Wimbledon.
Audioslave ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ dir. Chris Milk – Over the last decade or so, Chris Milk has produced some of the best music videos around. Maintaining a consistently high standard throughout, he has worked with the like of Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley and Arcade Fire. For what could be considered a ‘light’ song, this video presents a mature portrait of a young boy, his father deployed in the Middle East, proving his worth as ‘man of the house’.
There’s No ‘I’ In Team Season explodes out of the blocks next Thursday – April 16 – at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills with Ethiopian long distance running doc Town of Runners. Read our preview here and don’t delay in securing your seat – tickets are going faster than Usain Bolt.
Head over to our 8tracks page now to listen to all of previous playlists.