BUG 50

02 Feb 2016 13:31 - posted by Phil Tidy




Having started in April 2007 with BUG 01, our regular round-up of global music video creativity has now reached its 50th episode. To celebrate our landmark, it was pretty much business as usual: there’s wonderful filmmaking put to the service of great music, from directors both familiar to the regular BUG audience, and also complete unknowns all hosted by Adam Buxton. 


We also welcomed very special guest, in fact one of the people who helped to create the music as we know it. It's Steve Barron, who directed a stream of classic videos in the 1980's for The Human League, Michael Jackson, Dire Strights, A-Ha and many others. Adam took us through some and ta;led with Steve in an expanded director interview section halfway through the evening.   


 BUG 50 programme notes.pdf


BUG 50 Director’s Cut programme notes.pdf 


Kalle Mattson – Avalanche

The first is for Canadian artist Kalle Mattson, in which the singer recreated 35 classic album covers in the course of the entertaining video for Avalanche, directed by Toronto-based Philip Sportel. These recreations are not only fine approximations of the originals, they are also achieved with impressive, sometimes ingenious economy. The video came out last year, and was recently shortlisted in the Canadian Prism Prize.

De Staat – Witch Doctor

A video for Dutch alt-rock outfit De Staat’s Witch Doctor. Band frontman Torre Florim collaborated with Studio Smack, three designers and CG animators based in Breda, and Hague-based visual artist Floris Kaayk to create this breathtaking piece.

OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

OK Go, whose body of work in music videos needs no introduction to BUG regulars, or anyone else. They have been making remarkable videos for nearly ten years, ever since their dance routine practice for A Million Ways was caught on videotape and went viral. The band and Trish Sie, choreographer/director and sister of frontman Damian Kulash, have been on a remarkable journey ever since. But the latest outing for Upside Down & Inside Out really is their most remarkable yet.

Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

American alt-rock band Yeasayer announced their return to action at the start of 2016 with an extraordinary video for I Am Chemistry – a bizarre, chilling and highly original stop-motion animation, created by New York-based creative team New Media Limited. It starts as a female astronaut emerges dying from her crashed space rocket onto a strange planet, and then gives birth to a fully- grown mutant version of herself.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Sticky Drama

New York-based experimental electronic musician Daniel Lopatin, who records as Oneohtrix Point Never, has worked on a variety of projects including commissioned works and collaborated with visual artists including Jeremy Deller and Sofia Coppola (on The Bling Ring). Last year Lopatin and and Canadian artist Jon Rafman were commissioned by the Zabludowicz Collection in London to create the video for Sticky Drama, as part of an exhibition of Rafman’s work.

The Shoes ft Dominic Lord – 1960’s Horror

*Warning Graphic*

The latest video by Émile Sornin, the French director whose work for the likes of Disclosure and Dizzee Rascal has lit up previous BUG shows, is for a band who also turn up at BUG almost as much as OK Go: The Shoes. From their upcoming new album, Sornin’s video for 1960’s Horror swings from unflinching newsreel footage to monster movie spoof, from the grisly truth about the poultry business, to spectacular revenge by a very bad big bird, doing a Godzilla on mankind’s sorry ass.

The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?

We welcomed special guest Steve Barron to join Adam on stage, but first looked back at one of his greatest and most influential videos: from 1981, it’s The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me.

A-Ha – Take on Me

Special guest Steve Barron video for A-Ha. Part of arguably the most important period in the history of music videos.

Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

Special guest Steve Barron's video for Dire Straits which is the first recognised use of CGI in a music video.

Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel

Special guest Steve Barron's roadie video for Dire Straits 'Heavy Fuel'.

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