This week saw a serious abundance of straight-up fun, ridiculous videos — four-minute blasts of joy that didn’t take themselves the tiniest bit seriously. I’ll take that over a bunch of serious art videos that want to push the form forward. Hype Williams and Kanye West’s seizure-inducing tremorfest had nothing on any of the five clips before, or on the High On Fire and Physical Therapy clips that narrowly missed this list.
5. Three Loco – “We Are Farmers” (Dir. Nick Goossen)
The mere existence of this weirdo white-rap supergroup — Andy Milonakis, Riff Raff, former MTV VJ Dirt Nasty, is a small triumph of goofballery. When the video has Milonakis seductively chomping raspberries, Riff throwing farm equipment around, and Diplo coming through to beam in a charmingly awkward verse, everyone wins.
4. Aimee Mann – “Charmer” (Dir. Tom Scharpling)
Laura Linney and Aimee Mann don’t exactly look a whole lot like each other, and yet Linney makes a perfectly convincing robot body-double for Mann. Scharpling once again reaffirms that he’s great at making ridiculous skits that still work perfectly well as music videos. And Mann shows comic acting chops that I wouldn’t have imagined she had in her.
3. Nude Beach – “Walkin’ Down My Street” (Dir. Will Ellis)
I still really like Dead Can Dance’s Anastasis, but I’m pretty sure I fucked up this week when I picked it as Album Of The Week over Nude Beach’s scrappy classic-rock blast II. This video does a great job of encapsulating what makes Nude Beach so great: The band’s sweaty, unpretentious party-up drive. Consider it the little cousin of the video that tops this list.
2. Y.N.RichKids – “Hot Cheetos & Takis” (Dir. 13twentythree Photography)
The world is a remarkable place. The screaming kid with the braids is my new favorite human being. Also, I’m hungry.
1. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built” (Dir. Jim Larson)
One of the best songs of the year gets the bleary, beery, sweaty, instantly mythic music video it deserves. Sorry, adorable children. You never had a chance.