If there ever was a single invention that advanced the fine art of procrastination like nothing before it (yeah, like we needed that…), it’s got to be YouTube. I’m sure you’ve all been there – somebody links up a video on your Facebook, you click it, watch it and then notice something else that looks interesting in the ‘recommended videos’ section to the right. One crazy Japanese guy drifting Ebisu while eating a hamburger video after another and suddenly it’s 1am and the whole evening is gone.
With that in mind, I thought I’d gather a collection of the 10 (give or take) best sports car related music videos that I know of. Music has always had a way of contextualising the feelings we experience when driving, seeing or being around the cars we like, and call me weird but the proper placement of the right car, the right song and the right artistic direction holds a power and gives a mood that almost nothing else can. But of course this list is purely my subjective opinion, and I obviously haven’t seen every music video out there. Do you have anything else that really should make this list?
Nero – This Must Be The Feeling
Directed by Warren Fu, Nero’s latest video is set in a future imagined by somebody in the early 1980’s. It’s an Orwellian world much as described in his book ‘1984’, a world where renegade agents take on the establishment in a DeTomaso Pantera.
Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride
I really don’t want to sound like I have a man-crush, but Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay has to be just about the coolest human being alive. A modern day McQueen, the guy has the same passions and tastes as we do except he has the means to live out his fantasies. In this video, Jay Kay flies a helicopter and chases a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS along a whole lot of twisty roads in the California desert. It gets a whole lot cooler when the Porsche hits the gravel and gets covered in dust, still driving flat out. Jay Kay is actually doing the aerobatics in the helicopter too. Apparently he recently got his pilots license, and filmed this video just because he’s always wanted to fly a helicopter in a music video. Say no more.
Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
The storyline of this video: A whole bunch of guys gather at dawn and spend the day racing a Ferrari F40, a Lamborghini Diablo and a Ferrari F355 around some incredible driving roads until sunset. What relevance does it have to the aforementioned ‘Cosmic Girl’ that Jay Kay is singing about? Who cares.
Robbie Williams – Supreme
The film titled ‘Gentleman Racers’ pits ‘Bob Williams’ against the legendary Jackie Stewart. It seamlessly blends period 70’s F1 footage with modern footage of Robbie Williams shot for the video, without prior knowledge you’d almost swear the whole thing used period footage. It would be horribly egotistical too, if not for the surprise ending.
M.I.A – Bad Girls
Alright so this is a bit of a dishonourable mention, and I apologise but you’re gonna have to watch this one on mute – the song just plain sucks. But it does feature an E36 and E46 3 series BMW, an Alfa 156 and an older Mercedes E doing things they were never designed to do. The impressionable young teen’s who this song is aimed at will probably be awed, but there’s nothing really new here – they’ve been doing crazy handbrakie’s in the Middle East for kicks for years now (everyone saw the video of the Camry’s drifting just inches away from hundreds of people about 7 years ago). I guess they’ve got no decent driving roads so pulling the handbrake at 120kmh is all they’ve got to do. Nonetheless, it’s shot very well and Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (otherwise known as M.I.A) is very attractive in it so it’s definitely worth watching.
Kanye West & Jay-Z – Otis
Another dishonourable mention. Last year K-West and Jay-Z teamed up for a blockbuster album to take on the world, and in the single ‘Otis’ they managed to do to a Maybach 57S what they did to Otis Redding’s classic song ‘Try a Little Tenderness’. That is, they utterly and completely ruined it. I know that I’ve long held the belief that the new Maybach is one of the most pointless and ridiculous cars out there (seriously, it’s an upscale Mercedes S class. Who would actually buy one over a Rolls Royce Phantom? And really, who would buy a Phantom anyway?), but despite that it’s still a fine piece of engineering and it makes me cringe to see one cut up in such a way. But then again, you do feel like you’ve got a bit of swagger happening when you’re driving your favourite twisty road and Otis comes on the iPod. And there’s a very, very small part of me that gets a sadistic joy in watching this clip. Go figure.
Okay so I’m still a little short on the top 10 list. What else should join it?#Alfa Romeo #BMW #F40 #Ferrari #Formula 1 #Lamborghini #Maybach #Music #Porsche