04 Aug Top 10 Disturbing Music Videos of All Time
If you thought black hole sun was disturbing, you may want to have something to throw up in and have a unicorn chaser ready for after you see these videos. Here’s some not quite obscure music videos you might have missed. Order is not rank and here goes.
Smashing Pumpkins – Try, Try, Try
You probably missed this one as it came at the end of the Smashing Pumpkins before their first hiatus. It’s the day in the life of two young heroin addicts and man is it fucked up. The everyone barfing scene was done so well I dry heaved the first time I watched it. MTV in the US declined to air the video.
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
This could be the most disturbing video ever. Awful song. But I love the concept. I had no idea who this guy was when I first saw the video, but this video made me a fan. Robbie Williams is the Justin Timberlake of the UK. This was his giant middle finger to his mainstream heartthrob image. “You girls wanna scream? OK. Here’s something to scream about…” Here’s what happens: He strips naked, crowd goes nuts, he rips off his skin, crowd goes ape shit.
Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom
Pretty much any video from the South African husband/wife team of Ninja and Yolandi would qualify for being odd and disturbing, but the song itself gives this one the nod. Also odd is the songs 3/4 timing. 7/8? No clue, shit is weird. It’s basically a dis-track directed at a certain pop star who asked Die Antwoord to open for them having her management offer them a couple of thousand dollars to show up. Not realizing that Die Antwoord are internationally renowned everywhere except in the US. Chappie > A Star is Born.
Massive Attack – Voodoo in my Blood
The chick from Gone Girl looks at a ball for 5 minutes. But there’s so much more going on. If they ever do an award for acting in a music video I think Rosamund Pike has it in the bag. That’s how my grandmother died. I think it’s a commentary on breast feeding. Maybe meat handling. Odd and disturbing.
Noisia – Machine Gun
Noisia is a dutch group (supprise!) featuring 3 dudes with unpronounceable names who specialize in dark drum and bass. Possibly the most difficult of all electronic styles to produce. There’s a lot of things going on sonicly but let’s talk visually. It just looks a little avantgarde at first. Then, the meat monster comes. It belongs.
Major Lazer – Bubble Buttttt
I like the part when Bruno Mars says bubble butt. One of the greatest videos off all time is also one of the most disturbing. You got THE NOZZLE™ doing it’s thing. Then you got the conjoined head of butt woman coming down and spinning. Bubble butt bubble bubble bubble butt.
Peter Gabriel – Digging in the Dirt
Well he’s dying and decomposing. This song is so damn underrated. As is Peter Gabriel. He’s more than some videos that are beyond their time. As the whole music video thing is now. Yet artists are still making high quality videos that cost millions of dollars. Sup with that? People are still watching music videos, but thanks to youtube you can pick and choose what you want to listen to. Which is good but bad. You can shove Peter Gabriel down my throat all day. I love it.
Maddona – 4 Minutes
I only first heard the song a year ago in Del Taco. I thought it was incredible and pressed a button and google told me it was this. How had I not heard this song in 10 years? Because in the video the nothing from the Neverending Story makes an appearance and eats everything one layer at a time. They only had 4 minutes and the song was 4:05 so they failed and this song and collaboration only existed in alternate dimensions. But it was so banging it found its way to ours. Seriously does anyone remember this song being released? Some Bernstein Bear level matrix glitch stuff right here. Disturbing on a few levels.
Kanye West – Flashing Lights
That’s how my grandpa died. I don’t remember this coming out either. Does Kanye have a type or what? Uncanny with the shovel scoop. That’s harsh. In the stomach too and then she burns him alive. Unnerving fo’ sho’.
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker [Explicit!]
Yes-s-s-s-s! You knew it would come! I like to imagine the end of the human race comes and this video is the only thing that survived then millions of years later the next intelligent life on earth finds it and goes, “The fuck?” It starts weird and keeps on going. Disturbing!
Skinny Puppy – Worlock
This video is disgusting. I know it’s fake but it’s still gross. I don’t want to talk about it but it does exist. There, I mentioned it.