Interview with the director of the "Kiss" video

It is one of the finest music videos of all time.

Rebecca Blake:

GAMV: Yeah, it's really an amazing clip. And one of the things that I noticed in it is that it also reflects the minimalism of the song. I mean, it's a big set but there's not a lot going on.

Rebecca Blake: No. Exactly. I was very determined that it not looked like a music video, whatever that meant at the time, and that it would just sort of have this very pared-down discipline. And because I had a lot of theatrical lighting and I also use that conceptually, I didn't try to flood the frame with a million lights and things like that. I did it in a kind of very minimal way, purposely.

Of course, the Kiss video isn't available on Youtube in any quality that you would even consider watching all the way through, because Prince. So here, instead why not watch Age of Chance's cover? (Which is definitely not one of the finest music videos of all time.)

By the way, has any progress been made on representing using Unicode combining diacriticals since this not-entirely-satisfying 2013 effort?

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5 Responses:

  1. MTV Live has been showing the videos lately, and this came on. I still love the interaction between Prince and Wendy Melvoin.

  2. James says:

    One of the few reasons that YouTube, Spotify, etc. royalty schedules as they exist today do not support the three times as many performance artists of the 1970s that they easily could is because of what Prince's lawyers did to make his anti-bootleg crusade less work for them.

    But the point is, that if YouTube and Spotify wanted to support pre-piracy levels of artists at the trivial expense to the top 5% acts, they easily could do that this week. Why the EFF is not recommending that, I would sure like to know.

  3. Job van der Zwan says:

    The official PrinceVEVO youtube channel has been uploading all of his videos in the past couple of days, including Kiss.

    Finally.

  4. Job van der Zwan says:

    Oh wait, it's a fake account. The videos are real though.

  5. Pavel Lishin says:

    By the way, has any progress been made on representing using Unicode combining diacriticals since this not-entirely-satisfying 2013 effort?

    I gave it a half-assed shot before realizing you can't combine combining diacritical marks (0300-036F) with arbitrary symbols, and combining diacritical marks for symbols (20D0-20FF) is pretty limited :/

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