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Before Spike Jonze made feature films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where The Wild Things Are, and Her, he made a name for himself as a very popular music video director during the 90s. Here are 17 music videos from Spike Jonze.
- “Cannonball” by The Breeders. Spike Jonze’s first breakout music video was for The Breeders. He actually co-directed the music video for “Cannonball” with Kim Gordon, of The Breeders.
- “If I Only Had a Brain” by MC 900 Ft. Jesus. Not many people remember the music of MC 900 Ft. Jesus, but you’ll surely remember this music video. It’s unique to say the least…
- “Old Timer” by that dog. Much like MC 900 Ft. Jesus, not many people remember that dog., but their music was important to me in the 90s.
- “California” by Wax. The great thing about this music video is that it’s done in one, long shot and in slow motion.
- “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim. Christopher Walken has some great dance moves in this music video.
- “What’s Up Fatlip?” by Fatlip. I have a knack for picking music videos from recording artists people don’t remember, but this is one of the best ones from Spike Jonze.
- “Oh So Quiet” by Björk. Spike Jonze and Björk were nominated for a bunch of MTV Video Music Awards back in 1995.
- “Buddy Holly” by Weezer. This was Weezer’s breakout single back in 1994 and it had a lot to do with Spike Jonze’s music video. I guess the music didn’t hurt either.
- “Elektrobank” by The Chemical Brothers. Sofia Coppola is in this video. They were married at the time.
- “Drop” by The Pharcyde. Much like Wax’s music video for “California,” the music video for “Drop” from The Pharcyde is done in (mostly) one, long shot, but in reverse. The group had to memorize their song backwards and phonetically to get this music video just right.
- “Sky’s The Limit” by The Notorious B.I.G. This is probably the cutest music video from a gangsta rapper.
- “Y Control” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Spike Jonze and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs made this music video like a horror movie, but with little kids. Much like the music video for “Sky’s The Limit,” it’s pretty adorable.
- “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
- “Only One” by Kayne West featuring Paul McCartney
- “Car Song” by Elastica
- “A Surprise” by Karen O. This is a cute impromptu music video from Karen O. It stars Elle Fanning and feels as if she and Spike Jonze were just messing around back stage during Karen O’s sound check before her show.
- “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys. This is probably Spike Jonze’s and the Beastie Boys’ most well known music video. It’s iconic at this point.
Bonus: Check out Spike Jonze’s short documentary on Fatlip below.