Today’s vibes: Smashing Pumpkins, “1979.” Is there a better video about slacker teens and their wild freedom? Does Billy Corgan look like a Giant Baby in a turtleneck in the backseat?
Other videos with this vibe: Sonic Youth, “100%,” The Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs.” What do those videos have in common? They’re both directed by Spike Jonze. Katy Perry’s video for “Teenage Dream” and Kesha’s video for “Take It Off” are both going for that vibe, but they are ultimately about selling Katy Perry and Kesha as well as teenage kicks, so it’s just not grungy enough. Perhaps that’s the difference between videos when you are “alternative” and “authentic” as opposed to “pretty pop star” - or, maybe it’s because Perry and Kesha are ostensibly participating in their shenanigans…
(I’ve noted this before, but really: there is a redhead fountain of youth and Thurston Moore has found it. Where is it? I will go to there.)
Are there other videos that fit in this (generally, not so multicultural, huh? very “rocker”) category?