About a month ago an anonymous Seattle blogger called Videofedhead started a remarkable but unadorned collection of the wildest and weirdest international music videos I’d ever laid eyes on.
Most of them are European, with a few notable Israeli, Korean, Japanese and American exceptions. Some are pretty porny (I’m still blushing from that Giant Panda’s strip club antics) but I’ll let you discover those for yourself.
Below you’ll find the my top five picks from the continent: from grocery store clones to monkey wrenching snowmen, trust me, you won’t find these in your facebook feed.
Oh, and secret blogger man (yes, I’m pretty sure he’s a dude): I’m putting in a request for more videos from other parts of the world – I know South Asia and Eastern Europe must be turning out some contenders.
Twin Twin – By My Side
Manos de Topo – Es Feo
Sébastien Tellier – Look
Looks like a Guido Crepax novel, sounds like a Sophia Coppola movie (she loves this guy apparently) and features diamond farts (you’ll know what I mean in a second).
Modestep – Sunlight
This British-Dutch co-production takes the misbehaving senior-citizens music video trope to new, frantically dubstep-y, heights. I like it for the apocalyptic English seaside scenery…and the snake.
William Wahl – Lass es schneien
An angsty German snowman on a secret mission to free us all (extra points to anyone that can spot the self-eating chocolate bar and the racist transliteration on the electronics store)
Sarah Stuteville is a columnist for the Seattle Globalist and co-founder of the Common Language Project. She was born and raised in Seattle but started traveling when she was 17 and has since been to over two dozen countries.