“Of the Blue Colour of the Sky” Music Videos

In January 2010, the band, OK Go (you know, the tredmill music video band) came out with their latest, and in my opinion their best, CD thus far. Their past two CDs, ‘OK Go’ and ‘Oh No,’ were both fantastic, but this CD stands out from the others because of the risks the band takes and because of the unique recording styles featured on the record. For example, the song ‘Last Leaf’ was recorded outside on the porch, allowing for natural sounds to seep in and give the entire track an earthy, unperfected yet still awesome sound. Also, numerous songs on the record crank up the bass, making the CD sound like it’s playing from the next room over at times–this was just one other unique, artistic choice made by the alternative rock band.

HOWEVER, this post isn’t solely about plugging the CD (plug, plug, plug). It’s also about the music videos directely related to some of the songs on this CD: “Needing/Getting;” “End Love;” “WTF?;” “This Too Shall Pass;” and “White Knuckles.”

As aforementioned, OK Go is known for their music videos. Not only are they famous for their tredmill-dancing video, but also their video for thier older song, “A Million Ways,” as well as their unique videos for two lesser-known (but still awesome) tracks, “Get Over It” and “Don’t Ask Me.” Now, as the band continues to grow as music artists, they also continue to grow as music video artists.

In the music video for “Needing/Getting,” the band drives a car through a off-roading track lined with bells and pianos. By sticking things out the windows of the car and gunning it through the track, the music is made by the strangest means possible.

In “End Love,” the band plays in the park. But seriously. This one is incredible, and much harder to explain than the other videos. This one simply does a really bizarre video in fast forward, and it’s worth seeing just to begin understanding it. Plus, there’s a goose that comes in at one point and it’s hilarious. It’s truly a mark of OK Go to poke fun at themselves, and I think that’s what the goose represents in this video (to put all those Creative Methods analytical skills to work).

The song, “WTF?,” is basically an acid trip, but it’s worth seeing. The song itself is very high-pitched and awkward, just like the video, which makes both of them likeable in some weird way. OK Go’s Lead singer and song writer Damien Kulash is not afraid to put himself out there (this whole CD proves this, since it openly delves into the destruction of Kulash’s marriage and the torment of his recent divorce), and even in the weirdness and awkwardness of this music video, there is still something likeable about it as an art form. Watch it, and you’ll understand what I mean (I hope).

“This Too Shall Pass” has two music videos. The first is a marching band. The second is a Rube Goldberg machine. Niether really makes sense, if you ask me, but again, both are entertaining, and both are worth watching (especially the latter because it reminded me of “I Spy” books).

And last video (but certainly not the least video) is “White Knuckles.” This video is the cutest. Why? Not just because it features Damien Kulash (he’s no longer married, as already noted, so that’s a plus for us female listeners), but the video also has a bunch of adorable dogs doing fun tricks. Again, one of those videos you just need to watch to appreciate.

OK Go is not only a band, but also akin to a music video directing company. They create some of the most interesting music videos I’ve seen in a while (time and time again), and so as they are musicians, they are furthermore video artists, and that’s what I highly praise them this week. Check ’em out!

-Riley Spellman

P.S. Here are the links:

“Needing/Getting”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MejbOFk7H6c

“End Love”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2fpgpanZAw

“WTF?”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12zJw9varYE

“This Too Shall Pass” 1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKythlXAIY

“This Too Shall Pass” 2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

“White Knuckles”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs

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