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Best videos of 2011

Who said the art of music video making was dead? In 2011 we have been entertained and disturbed by sock puppets, clowns, Jack Black and Grandmas making out with Jake Stone. Here are 20 of FL's favourite music videos of the year.

Children Collide – Loveless

Directed by Animal Kingdom’s David Michôd this clip reawakened our childhood fear of clowns hiding in drains. And somehow The Doctor’s pastiche was even creepier.

Bluejuice – Act Your Age

That said, clown phobias have nothing on the mental damage caused by watching your Grandma make out with Jake Stone from Bluejuice.

Art vs Science – A.I.M. FIRE!

Robots, sock puppets Donny Benet playing base – like an 80s acid trip this clip has everything you could possibly want from a SPOD directed video.

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

We can’t quite pin-point what makes this film clip so very awesome. But here’s hoping when The Black Keys finally reach our shores their audiences break into synchronized twists when the band perform Lonely Boy live.

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CliffyD

CliffyD said on the 7th Dec, 2011

no gotye. controversial.

lateleigh

lateleigh said on the 8th Dec, 2011

c'mon guys... didn't anyone see kate bush's "deeper understanding"??? shat all over this lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzqF_gBpS84

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Dec, 2011

A lot of omissions, and I mean a lot.

My number 1, Is Tropical's The Greeks. Awesome little vid. http://vimeo.com/24175601

Manchester Orchestra's Simple Math video was pretty rad, close 2nd place.
Superchunk's Crossed Wires. Mastodon's Curl of the Burl. UNKLE's Money and Run. Lykke Li's Sadness is a Blessing. M83's Midnight City. Destroyer's Kaputt.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 8th Dec, 2011

+1 for is tropical's the greeks, probably the best thing i've ever seen, forever.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Dec, 2011

Is Tropical clip is great. Also loved The National's "Conversation 16," Rhys Muldoon's "I'm Not Singing" and Darren Hanlon's "Butterfly Bones" just off the top of my head.

Paul_Busch

Paul_Busch said on the 8th Dec, 2011

Lonely Boy # 1.....the song and the video stick and make me move and move me!

miztith

miztith said on the 8th Dec, 2011

black keys are amazing, their album is incredible, however watching children collide and the doctor's videos at the same time is things nightmares are made of.

TBoss

TBoss said on the 9th Dec, 2011

all india radio - congratutions simply amazing! thank u

kallis

kallis said on the 13th Dec, 2011

all india radio %u2013 rippled tooooooooooooooo much wow

redman300_bulldogs

redman300_bulldogs said on the 13th Dec, 2011

[youtube]nLb5luQotU8#![/youtube]

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Dec, 2011

Brisbane band, Hey Geronimo have gone viral with their video clip Why Don't We Do Something?. Almost 700,000 views.

[youtube]YrsoluSjuKc[/youtube]

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 15th Dec, 2011

Brisbane band, Hey Geronimo have gone viral with their video clip Why Don't We Do Something?. Almost 700,000 views.

[youtube]YrsoluSjuKc[/youtube]

That video was a smart move because that song is balls.

Powerzzz

Powerzzz said on the 15th Dec, 2011

wheres 'bird attack' by frenzal rhomb? clearly video of the year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l426wobodmg

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 15th Dec, 2011

No one man should have all that

wheres 'bird attack' by frenzal rhomb? clearly video of the year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l426wobodmg

themhumm

themhumm said on the 15th Dec, 2011

Battles' My Machines clip was fucking awesome as well!!!

mtalbot

mtalbot said on the 16th Dec, 2011

agree with a lot but think a few got missed

real estate - it's real http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hwcvitxdyc&ob=av3e
about time hipster dogs had an appearance in a film clip over hipster cats

hudson - against the grain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tubmxs6vu3o
couldn't be a best of list with no stop motion

ok go - all is not lost http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur-y7ooto14 (slipped under the radar a bit)

major lazer - original don http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkkdjoxf7pi
don't really know what's meant to be happening but can't not watch

hey geronimo - why don't we do something http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrsolusjukc real life iphone games, great video by an up and coming australian band.

hounerable mention to okgo and the muppets as well.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 16th Dec, 2011

Limp Bizkit's 'Gold Cobra' video clip was everything you want in a music video (i.e. just vintage Bizkit) and should be number 1, dammit!

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Dec, 2011

How Gold Cobra keeps getting snubbed by these so called experts and critics is beyond me.

Tha bizkit is just on another level and they don't understand how a girl in bikini and boxing gloves as a vibrant metaphore for the current global recession that is knocking out our economies and bouncing around like so many breasts on so many women being pointed at by Fred Durst.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Dec, 2011

That is almost as profound as boobies.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 16th Dec, 2011

How Gold Cobra keeps getting snubbed by these so called experts and critics is beyond me.

Tha bizkit is just on another level and they don't understand how a girl in bikini and boxing gloves as a vibrant metaphore for the current global recession that is knocking out our economies and bouncing around like so many breasts on so many women being pointed at by Fred Durst.

And here I was thinking that I was the only person who drew that conclusion from the video...

The Coil

The Coil said on the 17th Dec, 2011

apparently no web links for 2 weeks. so search the coil on facebook !. go go go go

Thessaly

Thessaly said on the 20th Dec, 2011


My number 1, Is Tropical's The Greeks. Awesome little vid. http://vimeo.com/24175601


Kapow! This video has now gone viral among my bf's paintball loving friends. Boys will be boys. :D

All in all, great thread, nice to see a lot of good videos lined up in one place, especially when you're like me and never watch tv. :)


p.s. I don't think Loveless is creepy at all. I guess clowns are only scary if they have Tim Curry's voice.

chico21

chico21 said on the 20th Dec, 2011

Brisbane band, Hey Geronimo have gone viral with their video clip Why Don't We Do Something?. Almost 700,000 views.

[youtube]YrsoluSjuKc[/youtube]

lol I am mates with one of those dudes. meanwhile - you sure that's not oldgregg at the start (0.09) and finish of that clip?

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 20th Dec, 2011



I really hope you're being sarcastic with this... This 'D at Sea' bullshit is just old mates way to try and make a few dollars and keep his scene cred after that repulsive The Ailment band died.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2011

There's not much money to be made in amateur YouTube videos, though.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 20th Dec, 2011

Nah, I more meant from getting gigs at snitch and thriller and shit.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2011

Ahh, it's a Brisbane thing. Carry on, as this dude may say.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 21st Dec, 2011

Yonkers is a motherfucking paradox. NO ITS NOT!

redtapepictures

redtapepictures said on the 22nd Dec, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxfhldt284i&list=uupwvohnzb1ffn9n07tcdb_q&index=1&feature=plcp

http://vimeo.com/32251998

the red paintings - the streets fell into my window