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 


Massive Attack ft Tricky, 3D – Take It There

After a five-year long hiatus, in January, the legendary trip-hoppers Massive Attack released a new EP with a characteristically dark, brooding and brilliant video for Take It There directed by Hiro Murai. As with much of Murai’s work, the milieu is nighttime LA, where the shambling presence of actor John Hawkes contemplates his mortality, and is joined by his own personal band of furies, with whom he enters an increasingly hypnotic near-death dance like a bleaker version of Thriller.

The Chemical Brothers ft Beck – Wide Open

The directing team Dominic Hawley and Nic Goffey (aka Dom&Nic) emerged at the height of Britpop in the mid-1990s with their marvellous videos for Supergrass. Then they started making videos for The Chemical Brothers, who they’ve been working with ever since. It’s an occasional team-up now, with Dom&Nic now successful commercial directors, but when it happens it’s memorable and that’s certainly the case with the video for Wide Open. Starring Sonoya Mizuno and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, it’s a solo dance that incorporates an amazing transformation.

Miike Snow – Genghis Khan

Ninian Doff has created a promo for Swedish band Miike Snow’s Genghis Khan which initially appears to be a faithful recreation of a Connery-era Bond movie, with a suave superspy in the clutches of a bald supervillain and about to be zapped by a giant lazer. Superb performances from Adam Jones and Edward Hayes Neary, the Genghis Khan video has inspired an extraordinary outpouring of love from a growing band of fans, expressed with their own online tributes.

Anna Meredith – Taken

In the video for Scottish composer Anna Meredith’s complex and stirring Taken, Ewan Jones Morris (a regular BUG contributor, sometimes as a solo director, sometimes in partnership with Casey Raymond) takes the extraordinary step of making 18 videos in one. It’s a continually updating mosaic of different angles on the performance by Anna and her band, and of numerous everyday objects, large and small – from lampshades to ketchup – used though multiplication and repetition to match the ambition of the music.

Massive Attack ft Young Fathers – Voodoo in My Blo

The return of Massive Attack and successful British commercials director who originally made his reputation in videos in the Nineties, and a leading British actor making what we assume is her music video debut. In Ringan Ledwidge’s video for Voodoo in My Blood – the band’s collaboration with Young Fathers – Rosamund Pike plays a woman walking through a London underpass, encountering a mysterious floating orb.

Jack Garratt – Worry

Jack Garratt has collaborated with young British director Tom Clarkson on the video for Worry, presented as a VHS tape that starts with the multi-instrumentalist’s homemade performance, then the casting session that’s taped over it. Jack keeps popping through as a range of wannabe actors get to grips with a dramatic encounter, before things get seriously out of hand.

Mr Oizo ft Charlie XCX – Hand in the Fire

Quentin Dupieux – sees him collaborating with British pop princess Charli XCX, and also reviving his most cherished creation: Flat Eric. The little yellow puppet guy, who fronted Mr Oizo’s end-of-Nineties hit Flat Beat before encountering fame in a global Levi’s campaign, was the hapless cause of a grisly gunfight in Eric Wareheim-directed video for Ham last year. Now Flat Eric is back for Hand in the Fire – and there’s two of him. Directed by French team Meat Dept, it’s a witty, cleverly repetitious video, with a deadpan take on gender identity.

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