Uprising was the first single off the band's fifth album "The Resistance", both of these were released in 2009. The music video for Uprising is a hybrid, of performance and narrative, and is directed by an American group called Hydra (Hydra mainly consists of Sam Stephens and John Hobbs). Towards the end of the music video giant teddy bears rise up from the ground and start to destroy a minature city, which has featured throughout the music video. One of these teddy bears falls down in the middle of a street. This is a reference to the Ghostbusters movie, one of the shots used is reported to image the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's introduction.
9. Paramore - CrushCrushCrush
Paramore's CrushCrushCrush was released in 2007. The music video is a performance with elements of concept. The was directed by Shane Drake. The performance aspect is the band playing in a barren desert whereas the concept element is the band in the roles as bandits whom smash the bands insturments towards the end of the music video.
8. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Killer's Somebody Told Me is taken off the bands debut album Hot Fuzz. The entire video is performance based. The music video was directed by Brett Simon.
The concept is very similar to the video for "Crystal" by New Order, which features a fictional band called The Killers miming the New Order song in front of a large video screen flashing random colours and images. It was from this video that The Killers got their band name, so the similarities are likely an intentional homage.
7. Editors - Papillon
Editors' Papillom is a concept music video, released in 2009 Papillon was the lead single for the band's third album In This Light and on This Evening. The music video is directed by Andrew Douglas. The entire video is focused on the lead protagonist running through the streets of LA. During the video the protagonist is joined and left by several other cast members whom are also running. It is unknown why they are running.
6. Green Day - Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams can be found on Green Day's album American Idoit. These music videos are formed as two parts Holiday being the party aspect and Boulevard of Broken Dreams being the aftermath of the party. I have already done a deconstruction for Boulevard of Broken Dreams which can be found by clicking here. The deconstruction also features behind the scenes making the video.
5. Muse - Invincible
Muse's Invincible was the band's fourth single on Black Holes and Revelations (their fourth album). The single was released in 2007. The music video is a hyrid between concept and performance. The music video was directed by Jonnie Ross. The concept aspect of the music video features the band travelling through a ride showing the world's history and future. The times the band members travel through are (these are in the order of appearence): Stone age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Viking age, Industrial age, World War II, Present time, Present time in chaos and then Aftermath. The performance aspect is the band performing this song whilst travel on a boat through the ride.
4. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Rock The Casbah was released in 1982. I have done alread done a deconstruction for this music video click here to read it.
3. Kasabian - Empire
Kasabian's Empire is a hybrid music video which features narrative and performance aspects. The song is taken off the band's second album also called "Empire". The setting of this music video is during the Crismon War with the band members taking roles as troopers of the 11th Hussars Regiment. During this music video there is a refference to the second single "Shoot The Runner" when a messager gets shot by someone offscreen. This song was released in 2006 and it was directed by W.I.Z., whoms videos often contain political or social issues and messages. This is continued in this music video with the band members refusing to go into battle and marches to the general's headquaters.
2. Bon Jovi - It's My Life
Bon Jovi's It's My Life was released in 2000. The music video was directed by Wayne Isham. I have already done a deconstruction of this music video click here to read it.
1. Muse - Knights of Cydonia
Knights of Cydonia was Muse's third single from the bands fourth album Black Holes and Revelations. The single was released in 2006. The music video is a hybrid between narrative and performance. It was directed byJoseph Kahn.
Throughout the video there are a number of movie references, these include: Star Wars, The Good the Bad The Ugly, The Matrix, Batman, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max, Blade Runner, Lone Ranger, Maverick, Once Upon a Time in China, Battlestar Galactica, Five Deadly Venoms, Kung Fu, The Searchers, Westworld and Heavy Metal.