Bastards Of Young

Released: 1986


Director: Unknown


Showing a single, unbroken shot of a speaker – supposedly playing the track – The Replacements should be celebrated for their simple, anti-big-budget-promo stance.


Best bit: When the listener smashes the speaker at the end. Rock ‘n’ roll!

 
 
 

Released: 1997


Director: Jonathan Glazer


Apparently this video concept was initially pitched to Marilyn Manson, but he turned it down. Seems more suited for Thom's haunting vocals, anyway.


Best bit: The fact that you can't see who's driving the car makes it even creepier.

 
 
 

Released: 1996


Director: Walter Stern


Some parents thought this video, filmed at the abandonned London Underground tunnel of Aldwych, would be too scary for their kids to see, so it was banned from a few channels.


Best bit: Keef's mental dancing, of course.

 
 
 

Released: 2005


Director: Floria Sigismondi


Karen Elson (who married Jack soon after this shoot) nearly gets trampled by a horse, and Jack looks like an evil Willy Wonka.


Best bit: Meg smashing plates as she drums away with hammers.

 
 
 

Released: 1985


Director: Prince


For 1985, this video’s special effects and animations were earth-shatteringly impressive. Now, not so much.


Best bit: The cloud suit. Where can we pick one up?

 
 
 

Released: 2010


Director: Jake Nava


If Kanye set out to make himself look like a monster, then it definitely worked. Hanging bodies, naked corpses of models in his bed, bloody severed body parts… you might not want to spend a night at Kanye’s, girls.


Best bit: Kanye's diamond teeth.

 
 
 

Released: 1989


Director: Mary Lambert


It’s a blasphemous cross between Pinocchio and Sister Act. It caused a massive uproar of controversy upon its release, but we can’t knock Madonna – she was at her peak back then.


Best bit: Oh wait, it was all a play?

 
 
 
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

Released: 1987


Director: Tim Broad


Here we see the Moz riding around on a bike near the Salford Lads Club. Unfortunately, the video was banned by the BBC at the time of its release due to the mass murder reference.


Best bit: They're all wearing Smiths shirts - and have awful haircuts.

 
 
 

Released: 1997


Director: Walter A. Stern


One of the 90s' most depressing anthems gets a suitably epic yet morose screen partner. Here, Richard Ashcroft walks backwards, ignoring people, traffic and anything that gets in his way, with only some dampened spirits to keep him company. Cheer up, lad.


Best bit: Be honest – even though there’s no...

 
 
 

Released: 1989


Director: Rupert Wainwright


There's a police chase, as the cops try to arrest the members of N.W.A. Ahh, Compton.


Best bit: Yea, it’s a great video. But most importantly, it’s not Gwenyth Paltrow making an abhorrent attempt to sing the song.

 
 
 
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