Trip-pop artist Big X took the time to tell me about his top ten most influential music videos. He also recently released the music video for his latest single “GORE”. The video features captivating visuals as the track overflows with gripping, attention-grabbing lyrics and an infectious chorus that will sink its way into your mind.
About what The X Organization is, Big X stated:
“The X Organization is a collection of fashion, architecture and film presented under the flag of the pop artist known as Big X. The songs are little stories that explore aspects of legacy, power, tension, drugs, violence, and crime; the darker corners of human experience. X is my alter ego. He allows me to be fearless in my artistic expression.”
Big X’s Top X Music Videos:
GORILLAZ – “FEEL GOOD INC.”
This was the beginning of my love for Gorillaz. Such an appropriate introduction to these characters that we would later come to know as Gorillaz. After watching, I only wanted to know more about this wacky world I had just been dropped into.
OUTKAST – “HEY YA”
This song and video were so huge and I love Outkast. They inserted such flavor into a musical moment in history that they weren’t allowed to be a part of and the whole video just screams with style.
GREEN DAY – “WHEN I COME AROUND”
The narrative of this music video always reminded me of a Coen brothers movie. I’m not sure how and why all these wacky characters are connected to each other but they flow in and out of each other seamlessly with the song.
NINE INCH NAILS – “CLOSER”
This music video is the reason David Fincher and Trent Reznor connected in my opinion. All these abstract and dark sexual body and device images give this music video the twisted vibe of a Tool video, but more concise and with a lead singer to follow through to the end.
MADONNA – “VOGUE”
This one was the beginning of my interest in fashion and style and I love when things are presented in black and white. All the patterns, body angles, dancing and use of scale and symmetry are absolutely 100 in this one.
BEASTIE BOYS – “SABOTAGE”
The Beastie Boys are always fuckin around in their vids. This one is their best. It’s like they were filming an intentionally crappy cop porno. It’s fuckin great.
PETER GABRIEL – “SLEDGEHAMMER”
Innovative in a decade of great innovation.
MICHAEL JACKSON – “THRILLER”
Water is wet. The sun is hot. Thriller is perfection obviously.
PUFF DADDY – “COME WITH ME”
It’s quite a thing when the music video of a soundtrack song is filmed like it’s part of the film and this one did it best. The video is over 7 minutes long and is fully engulfing all the way through. Packed with action, huge set pieces the music video puts you right in the movie and the fact that the song samples the boomiest Led Zeppelin song ever doesn’t hurt.
MASSIVE ATTACK – “VOODOO IN MY BLOOD”
Although they had plenty of awesome music videos in the past, this newer release really spoke to me. The vibe is one thing only and I love when narrative is simple and straightforward. The alien metal orb takes over the mind of beautiful Rosamund Pike in the UK subway and the act pays homage to the 1981 film The Posession and it inspired one of the concepts in my Pressure music video.