There’s strength in numbers, but that doesn’t stop some members of pop’s biggest groups from sneaking into the solo spotlight. From Sporty Spice to JC Chasez to the other girls of Destiny’s Child (no, the other ones. The other-other ones.), we break down all the ways a group’s second-or-third-okay-fourth in command might try and get a little time on camera by themselves.
Garrett Williams (The Gab to Go) visits the Music Video Podcast this week to discuss all things Ariana Grande. From high ponies to fake trumpeting to being the CGI center of the universe, Ariana has had the busiest six years of anyone in the music business. We search for meaning in Ariana’s laundromats, dollhouses, and spaceships (and don’t find any, but it’s not a bad way to spend an afternoon/six years).
This week we flash back to 1995 and all the rage (it turns out, very little), silk shirts (so many), and run-on sentences (the most ever) of Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill videos. Guest Jamie Patton helps break down the meaning behind the carpools, food fights, and unbroken eye-contact of Canada’s favorite poor-but-kind, short-but-healthy, and sick-but-pretty superstar.
Turn your cap backwards and try not to break anything, because it’s Nu Metal week here at the Music Video Podcast. Chris and Ryan welcome Adam Wynn to the mosh pits, apocalyptic hellscapes, and of course, bedroom-wall-poster-portals of bands like Korn, the Deftones, and POD.
This episode Chris, Ryan, and special guest Rebekah Trombley sort through all FIFTY-TWO (so far) of Nicki Minaj’s music video guest appearances to find her best rhymes, wigs, shoes, and of course, threats to her host artists. Watch along as Nicki travels via haunted painting, desert mirage, and spaceship to bring class and shade to the lives of Fergie, Justin Bieber, Ludacris, and so, so, SO many more.
In this week’s episode we examine the humble music video beginnings of some of Hollywood's biggest directors. Before hitting the silver screen, David Fincher helped Madonna work through her Catholic guilt; Spike Jonze taught Bjork the ole kick-ball-change; and Michel Gondry took The White Stripes on a stop-motion tour of NYC. We discuss all these and more with our guest, Chris Arneson.
From the beaches of Maui to the neon streets of —JK, these disgusting videos are all set in public restrooms. From Jewel’s cynical busker to George Michael’s randy cop to Lorde’s classic introvert, these pop stars are getting down, opening their hearts, and invading all our privacy. And no, none of them wash their hands afterward.
Oh my God, we're back again. The nicest man in comedy, Sam Beaver, joins us to talk everything 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys as we get incredibly deep into the the two premiere boy bands of the TRL era. Who can and cannot dance? Who is and is not allowed to wear a shirt? Join as we talk through Chris Kirkpatrick's one solo, try to understand the ever-changing facial hair situations, share our boy band fantasy drafts, and so much more.
Comedian, magician, and podcaster Ashley Ganski (Love/Hate) brings us the question: “What is a Pop Opera?” and gets zero satisfying answers. Light the nearest candelabra and listen along as we get tangled the sheer curtains, lightning strikes, and haunted shadows of Axl Rose’s wedding, Bonnie Tyler’s School for Gifted Boys, Reba McEntire’s childhood trauma, and so much more!
There are no small parts, but acting in a music video comes close. The talented and hilarious Erin Keif (Hey Riddle Riddle) joins the podcast this week to rate the short-form chops of Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and of course, Mr. Keanu Reeves.
On a very special episode, Chris and Ryan are joined in-studio by a very special guest, the truly spectacular Virginia Muller, to talk about a very special theme: duets! Is any partner worthy of Beyoncé? Is an animated cat the opposite of a human woman? Has Jennifer Lopez ever served her own snacks at a party? Join us as we try to find out, and along the way, cover Barbra Streisand's basement mall, country-crossover Food Network, and Chris's childhood obsession with Garth Brooks.
This episode, Chris and Ryan grow up a little by tracking the sweaty, dirty journeys of Miley, Christina, and every other pop star who dared enter adulthood by pushing the envelope. From Control to Criminal, find out which kids are all right, and which might need to keep their swagger coaches on retainer for another semester.
In Episode 2, we explore the videos of the “other” Jacksons, the third-through-ninth most successful members of the legendary musical dynasty. How many times will we see the staircase at Hayvenhurst? What exactly does it mean for a woman to call herself a centipede? From the cardboard high school of LaToya’s “Heart Don’t Lie,” to the world’s biggest men’s room in Jackie’s “Stay,” we leave no charmingly low-budget stone unturned.
In Episode 1, Chris and Ryan dive into the pools, oceans, lakes, and rainstorm-soaked metaphors of “Songbird Supreme” Mariah Carey and her nearly three decades long videography! Is Butterfly a horse? Does Mariah really have a good side and a bad side? Whatever happened to Bianca? Tune in and find out!