Once you get past the video vixens, synchronized dancing and excessive costume changes, what’s left to put in a music video? Some horror, animation and video games, that’s what! The following artists have all given their videos a geeky makeover using everything from well-known comic artists to breakthrough techniques (remember that computers weren’t always there to save the day). Here are the fifteen geekiest music videos – ever:
15. The Killers “Miss Atomic Bomb”
The back and forth between real life and animation tells the tale of a man who had the girl of his dreams and lost her to a much older man. Brandon Flowers will never beat Eric Roberts when it comes to love.
14. R.E.M. “Man Sized Wreath”
The block shapes surrounding the man appear to take a page out of the Minecraft world, doesn’t it?
13. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science”
Finally, a song that made science sexy!
12. Spin Doctors “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”
While the video just features your typical 90’s hackeysack player, it actually pays respect to Superman throughout with “pockets full of kryptonite,” phone booth changes, and other mentions of the Man of Steel.
11. Dire Straits “Money For Nothing”
This was one of the first videos to use computer animation and it was cutting edge for 1985. Imagine if things never progressed…
10. Bag Raiders “Fun Punch”
Who needs dancing with you have Power Ranger like sequences throughout?
9. Beastie Boys “Intergalactic”
This is what happens when you mix Japanese Kaiju, space and hip hop. Why isn’t this done more often? Seriously, stellar.
8. Weezer “Keep Fishin’”
It has Muppets. Any argument you have is invalid.
7. The Shins “The Rifle’s Spiral”
This Tim Burton-esque video uses stop motion to tell you all about a magician and his twisted hare.
6. Daft Punk “One More Time”
If Sailor Moon grew up to be a DJ… Anime and house music collide in this inescapable hit from 2000.
5. The White Stripes “Fell In Love With A Girl”
LEGOs people, LEGOs. You can never go wrong with LEGOs, unless you happen to step on one then that calls for a trip to the ER.
4. Genesis “Land of Confusion”
After Phil Collins saw himself as a puppet on the British show Spitting Image, he embarked on a mission. The result was a band of puppet look-alikes and a video that gets just a little political. The puppets
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication”
Let’s all admit right now that we wished on every star that this would be a real game one day.
2. Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood”
They’re the only ones on here who had to be animated for their video, and that mixed with all their horror references almost made it number one.
1. Pearl Jam “Do The Evolution”
It was hard to choose out of these who’d be on top, but when you have Kevin Altieri (Batman: The Animated Series) and Todd McFarlane (Spawn) in your corner, it’s hard to put anyone above you… Especially when you deliver what could be a demented Saturday morning cartoon.