What Would Jello Do?

Last night MTV2 played the uncensored video for "Smack My Bitch Up", which is one of the most fucked up videos I've ever seen. They also played "Windowlicker", and yes, it's even creepier. They also played that bait-and-tackle Bjork video where she pierces her back. It's this show called "something something Controversial Videos", and it looks like it's going to be on a few more times on both channels. Joe Bob says check it out. (Warning, it's hosted by some irritating Danzig wanna-be, so keep your finger on the remote control.)

The notable thing here is "uncensored" -- this is on the channel that bleeps out the word "weed", and they played a video that showed not only full frontal nudity, but a syringe dangling out of a vein!

Is there some way to get access to under-played music videos other than waiting for them to appear on the good old cathode nipple? It's fairly rare for non-top-40 bands to release video compilations, but I know they make videos -- what happens to them? Once MTV decides not to show them, do they just sit on a shelf forever, or what? How do I find out about them and get copies?

One of these days I've got to find a way to transfer all of these old home-recorded VHS tapes full of videos to DVD so that they stop deteriorating...

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7 Responses:

  1. in theory, i thought those videos were supposed to get sent to night clubs :)

    ...but beyond that, asking the record label or the band itself is generally a pretty good bet (this is of course presuming you can't just dig it up online somewhere). not to be obvious, but it works.


    of course, the chances of said videos being worth watching isn't great.

    • jwz says:

      See, I would have assumed that videos would just be arriving in my mail too, but they aren't. We get CDs all the time, and the occasional club-promo video ("look at how many strippers come to the parties we throw in LA", that kind of thing), but no music videos that I can recall.

      If there were specific things I wanted, I'm sure I could track them down, but how am I supposed to know they exist in the first place? I guess what I'm really hoping for is access to the raw feed from which MTV is constructed, but it probably doesn't exist.

      I have Tivo record a couple of hours of MTV a night, about half of which I watch, in super-fast-forward. That makes each video take about ten seconds, and if I see something that doesn't look like gangstas and booty, I back up and take a look.

      At the beginning of 2000, M2 played every video in the MTV catalog in alphabetical order for three months -- that was a goldmine! At the end of of 2001, they played all the new catalog entries of the year in order. I hope they continue doing that.

      • anonymous says:

        Check with the video directors' agents and ask for their demo reels. I got ahold of 4 or 5 Floria Sigismondi directed videos that way. You may need an angle if requesting on behalf of the club doesn't work: say you're a film student writing a paper on the world's most fantabulous underrated music director. You may still have to pay but these videos aren't really available elsewhere.

  2. kyronfive says:

    I love the Windowlicker video. It's so brilliant.

    I was annoyed with the "Smack My Bitch Up" video right until the end, when i decided i approved.

  3. ioerror says:

    Coil, working with Marc Almond, did a cover (or remix if you consider Marc Almond working on it to be Soft Cell) of Tainted Love.

    We all know this, but what most people do not know is that there is a video.

    I want a high quality copy of that video.

    That would be one for your night club.

    Nothing like Marc Almond dying from A.I.D.S. in a hospital bed to bring about a good money spending webcast atmosphere.

    • jwz says:

      I have that video -- I believe it's on the Wax Trax Black Box video compilation. I think it's only available on VHS, though. I hadn't realized the patient was Marc Almond!