Gnarls Barkley: Crazy (2006)
This video is one of the tightest I’ve seen in a long time. It’s visually striking, with an endless parade of Rorschach inkblots in which the faces of Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse appear. It’s thematically apropriate, what with the use of inkblots as a psychological test and the song’s subject matter. It’s focused, creating a visual language and sticking with that, and yet it’s not static, the inkblots moving from abstract shapes to much more explicitly concrete images as the video progresses.
Plus I always liked how good of a rebounder Barkley was.
Pham Quynh Anh & Marc Lavoine: J’espère (2005)
I am not crazy about the song, but I do enjoy the visuals. It’s as if the creator saw the Gnarls Barkley video and said, “That’s cool and all, but it needs more of everything.” I’m pretty sure the video for J’espère predates the one for Crazy, but let me have my illusions.
(A tip of the hat to Storme for pointing this video out to me.)