Are you ready to watch the most sensational, celebrational, inspirational video you’ll seen all day? Well this is it.
Viral video sensation and alt rock band OK Go have teamed with The Muppets to make a music video for the classic opening theme song from The Muppet Show. When something goes terribly awry with their musical time machine, OK Go is sent back to revisit some of their classic music videos. Bunsen and Beaker crash the set of “Here It Goes Again,” Kermit, Monster, Gonzo, and Fozzie make their way into the band’s newest clip “All Is Not Lost,” and Gonzo and Camilla try to recreate the Rube Goldberg-inspired “This Too Shall Pass.” Later on the video pokes fun at the canine-infested “White Knuckles.” In addition to all this music video time travel, the clip also includes the Muppets doing what they do best: wreaking havoc and having a good time. And when Crazy Harry makes everything go boom, a laugh-out-loud dream sequence closes out the video. Mash play and enjoy this colorful rendition of the classic kid’s tune.
The Green Album–a collection of covers of Muppets songs by artists like The Fray, Weezer, and My Morning Jacket–is out now, and the Muppet movie starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams hits theatres November 23.
Viral video masters of alt-rock band OK Go have gone the distance (yet again) to create a masterful music video. And this time it’s interactive! OK Go has partnered with dance troupe Pilobolus and Google to form a music video for “All Is Not Lost,” a cut off their 2010 studio album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. The four-piece band and the dance troupe have created a visually memorizing clip in which they dance around in synchronized fashion atop a glass, see-through surface. If you watch the regular music video in YouTube, you’ll see the bodies contort into all kinds of shapes and letters. If you’ve got Google Chrome installed, however, you’ll want to watch the interactive version of the video from within that browser. Thanks to the power of HTML5, viewers can type in a message prior to watching the video and during it you’ll see the contortionists perform the message! Additionally, the video will play in a myriad of open browser windows and they will move around and open and close at will; the experience is not unlike Arcade Fire’s experimental video “The Wilderness Downtown.”
Click here to initiate the interactive version of “All Is Not Lost.” Browse the gallery below to check out some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set.
[Images via NYT]
By now you should know that when it comes to making music videos, rock band OK Go never holds back. From datamashing to Rube Goldberg-ing to training 12 dogs and a goat, OK Go knows how to wildly impress its fans by representing their music with imaginative and awe-inspiring visuals. For their next experiment video, the band used–drum roll, please–toast. But it’s not that simple! Using a Samsung NX100 micro four-thirds camera they took pictures of 2,430 pieces of toast (or 215 loaves of bread) and effectively used the process of laser-etching and stop motion to tell a story. They took 15 still shots for every second of video. The animation stages must’ve been painstakingly difficult to produce, and yet there’s something quite beautiful about all of it and this helps direct your mind to the final aesthetic instead of towards the blood and sweat put into it. As always, a nod of gratitude is due here. These guys can do it all.
I’m not so sure if this music video tops OK Go’s Rube Goldberg-inspired masterpiece in “This Too Shall Pass“, but it most definitely ranks up there in the band’s collection of bizarre yet intricately impressive outings. After four weeks and 124 takes (take #72 was the winner), OK Go bandmates Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross successfully choreographed a music video with 12 dogs and 1 goat. Watch the furry fellas jump through mazes of furnature in this blink-and-you-miss-it extravaganza.
“This Too Shall Pass” is the second single off OK Go’s third studio album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. And the music video for it is INSANE. The entire video was shot in one take and it features the most intricate Rube Goldberg sequence you will ever see. You know what the Rube Goldberg sequence is–you just never heard the name before. Named for an inventor of the same name, the word “Rube Goldberg” is an adjective defined as accomplishing something simple through complex means. In the case of this video, an OK Go band member drives a toy truck into a line of dominos (at the beginning) to result in the four band members getting sprayed in the face by paint (at the end). A simple action reaches a reaction through a complex process. Get it? Now watch this video a couple times and try to fathom how truly insane it is.
So how’d they manage to do it? OK Go teamed up with creative engineers Synn Labs and built the elaborate contraption in a warehouse in LA. It took a 55-60 person team about a month and a half to construct, with much attention to detail. Though the video was shot with a single camera in one unbroken continuous shot, it took over two days to shoot because they couldn’t get it to work perfectly until about 60 shots had failed. They brought the concept of ‘trial and error’ to a whole new level. And it was important for OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash that this whole thing be done without computer manipulation: “Computers can do any of this. But the whole point is that we’re doing it, like it’s homemade, it’s real things knocking into each other and falling over. It’s a celebration of actual root level physics. Screw computers.” Interested in more behind-the-scenes scoop? There’s a bunch of videos waiting after the break…
OK Go is jumping off the treadmill and into a strange new world with their lastest video titled, “WTF.” It uses the same “datamashing” or compression artifact technology used in Kanye West’s “Welcome to Heartbreak” music video. OK Go is expected to drop their next album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, this January. ”WTF” is available as a single on iTunes.