Mazzy Star: Blue Flower: Live on British television, 1994.
Oasis: D'You Know What I Mean: 1997, from the album Be Here Now. This still feels contemporary, and looks as if it could have been made last year. The video makes little narrative sense, but it comes off as if shot on the set of some great Kubrick film that may or may not have been made, and who cares.
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Happy When It Rains: From their second record Darklands, 1987.
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Just Like Honey: From their debut record Psychocandy, 1985.
Sonic Youth: lncinerate: 2006.
Blur: The Universal: From their 1995 record The Great Escape,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Maps: From their 2003 record Fever to Tell,
Pulp: Common People: From their 1995 record Different Class,
The Horrors: Sea Within a Sea: Directed by Douglas Hart. 2009. From Primary Colours, NME's Album of the Year, 2009.
The Jam: That's Entertainment: 1981. Indie art, circa Clash, Derrida, Basquiat, Black Flag, and, yes, Reagan. Something epic figures forth from this song, which tells me it will sound just as good, maybe better, a hundred years from now.
Annie Lennox: Why. 1992. Has a songwriter ever laid their song out as naked as this? And has a woman ever laid herself out as vulnerable as this? You wouldn’t think it, but this work was produced back when the post-punk appeared exhausted, and popular music itself, more or less dead. What an enormous risk Annie Lennox took with this video; To this day, there hasn’t been a better video of its kind made. This could have totally fallen flat; but instead, the opposite. And the judgment: timeless.
PJ Harvey: A Place Called Home. 2010.
B-52s: Give Me Back My Man. 1980. This actually happened. This is actually real. This band invented this genre, and nobody has ever done it better because that would be impossible.
Rosalia: De Plata. 2017. This video was made by the Spanish filmmaking collective Manson.
Ride: Today. 1991.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Bellbottoms: It's 1994, and it's Hootie and the Blowfish versus this: you choose.