22 Weird '90s Music Videos That You Somehow Managed To Forget About
The final decade of the 1900s gave popular culture so many very special things, and one of those very special things is a seemingly endless stream of strange music videos. The obvious weird video examples? Well, there is “Dope Hat” by Marilyn Manson. And there is “Schism” by Tool. And “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead. And the nightmare inducing “Come to Daddy” by Aphex Twin. And there is “Breathe” by the Prodigy." Oo, and let's not forget about “Dragula” by Rob Zombie! But those videos are only the surface of the weird ‘90s music video waters; if you spend enough time dragging Lake Internet, you will stumble upon an embarrassment of bizarre music vid riches.
Please throw on your spelunking helmets, flip on your flashlights, and grab your rappel gear, because we are about to climb down into deep recesses of our collective memory. The reason? We are going to revisit some wonderfully weird music videos from the '90s. You may remember these videos, but you may have forgotten just how bonkers these videos are. Some are surreal from start to finish, whereas others just give us brief flashes of wackiness. What do all of these vids have in common? They bring the weird.
1. “Sock It 2 Me” By Missy Elliott & Da Brat
Hype Williams’s video for the Missy Elliott and Da Brat track is Mega Man perfection.
2. “Hunter” By Björk
Care to watch the Icelandic chanteuse morph into a polar bear martian? If your answer is anything other than a resounding "YES," maybe change your answer?
3. “Gimme Some More” By Busta Rhymes
May that yellow-eyed blue goblin haunt your dreams tonight!
4. “Shady Lane” By Pavement
Lose your head? That’s no excuse. The show must go on. You keep on singing, with or without your dome.
5. “You Don’t Know” By 702
Those robotic dance moves are my sun, moon, and stars.
6. “No Surprises” By Radiohead
Aquaphobes, this one is for you! In this unsettling, albeit hypnotic clip, Thom Yorke’s astronaut helmet fills up with water.
7. "Coffee & TV" By Blur
Well, isn't that anthropomorphic milk carton just the most heroic bipedal dairy product you've ever seen?
8. "Aeroplane" By The Red Hot Chili Peppers
I think I want to live in this video? At the very least, I know I want one of those gold sequined onesies.
9. “Nothing Really Matters” By Madonna
What’s happening here? Your guess is as good as mine. Actually, your guess is probably better than mine. (OK, fine. Here's my guess: That liquid pillow is full of magical batch of Ck One eau de parfum—aka The Fragrance Of The '90s—and everyone wants its powers to rub off on them.) (Hey, I told you my guess was a mess.)
10. “Brain Stew/Jaded” By Green Day
In the sepia-toned first half of this video, the band posts up on a couch in a landfill only to be dragged around by a bulldozer. And just when you’re like, “I think I might understand what’s going on here,” the video cuts to images of hula dancers and a chalkboard. Foiled again!
11. “Give It Away” By The Red Hot Chili Peppers
My biggest question for this video: How long did it take to scrub off that silver body paint?
12. “Whatzupwitu” By Eddie Murphy Feat. Michael Jackson
I love everything about this.
13. “Miserable” By Lit
Is Pam Anderson a giant, or are the members of Lit just especially tiny? The world may never know.
14. “No Diggity” By Blackstreet Feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen
True Life: I Gasped Out Loud The First Time The "No Diggity" Music Video Cut To That Puppet Plunking Away At The Piano.
15. “Comin’ On” By The Shamen
Two words: Jason. Statham.
16. “I Miss You” By Björk
Director/animator John Kricfalusi serves up Ren & Stimpy realness.
17. “What About Us” By Total Feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland
OK, this video isn't thatpeculiar, but that guitar room is wicked strange. I cannot get over that all white room that appears to be sprouting small white guitars. Like, what's that room's deal? Are the guitars playable? If someone slams a door really hard and shakes the walls, will the guitars come crashing to the ground? What does the room mean?
18. “Dr. Jones” By Aqua
There's weird, and then there's an-Aquafied-version-of-the-Indiana-Jones-franchise weird.
19. "Black Hole Sun" By Soundgarden
OK, I remembered this being freaky, BUT I WAS NOT READY TO REVISIT THAT COCKROACH. I've spent the last two decades putting that cockroach horror show from my mind. And now it's back. And I am none too pleased about it.
20. "Here Comes Your Man" By The Pixies
It's a masterclass in the art of lip-syncing.
21. "Last Night" By Az Yet
And this is a masterclass in the art of green screen.
22. "Hooked On A Feeling" By David Hasselhoff
In 1997, the Hoff released a cover of B.J. Thomas's classic. Sadly, the dancing baby from Ally McBeal does not appear in this otherwise spectacular video.
Stay gnarly, '90s music videos.