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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We all have our blind spots, and up until this week, one of mine was Sleaford Mods. But thanks to the “Kebab Spider” video, I now know that Sleaford Mods are fucking hilarious. I’d probably like them more if it was the real Jason Statham yelling over real 2003 DFA beats, instead of a fake Jason Statham yelling over fake 2003 DFA beats, but I’ll take it anyway. This week’s picks are below.

5. Backstreet Boys – “No Place” (Dir. ?)

As a lame and happy dad, it does my heart good to see that all five Backstreet Boys are now lame and happy dads, too.

4. Kehlani – “Nights Like This” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign) (Dir. Bo Mirosseni)

I have never gotten sick of big stars making incomprehensible sci-fi music videos. And here, Ty Dolla $ign finally finds a logical use for that whole recent rap trend of dressing like it’s The Matrix.

3. Lizzo – “Juice” (Dir. Quinn Wilson)

Lizzo is just fun to watch. This has already taken her far. It will take her further.

2. Future – “Jumpin On A Jet” (Dir. Colin Tilley)

A throwback to that old Bad Boy era when every music video was a mini-action blockbuster, but without the obnoxious thing where the explosion sound effects would drown out the actual song.

1. Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen” (Dir. Maureen Towey)

If you’ve lived in New York for long enough, you’ve known the feeling of walking past places where you spent formative nights, nights that were important in your life, and seen that they have become gyms or whatever. This video captures all that bittersweet nostalgia, and it also has Sharon Van Etten up on a stepladder, screaming at the sky.