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Canadian rockers Arkells are set to hit the road next year on a tour across Canada, so we caught up with the band pre-tour and got them to handpick some special music videos just for you! Arkells’ curated playlist will air on Much tonight at 6E/3P so make sure you catch it!
Wanna know why they picked these music videos? Frontman Max Kerman explains his picks, which you check out below in an exclusive extended playlist.
Blink-182 – First Date
This video is one of the few music videos that I can think of that made me laugh out loud, and it captures a slice of American life in a really fun way.
Kanye West – Flashing Lights
Few videos match a visual to the vibe of a track as well as this video. The night time feel is perfect and is equal parts stylish, sexy, and sinister.
Sloan – The Good In Everyone
Sloan are the very definition of cool in this video. There’s also something kinda rough and punk rock about them setting up outside the airport for some kind of faux-glam video shoot. I especially dig the extended cut.
Foo Fighters – Big Me
The cool Foo Fighters video to pick is Everlong (because Michel Gondry directed it), but this video laid the foundation for years of hilarious Foo Fighters moments. Proof from the very band’s inception that Dave Grohl’s charm and sense of humour were going to win over a lot of people. Underrated Foo’s song too.
Kanye West – Heartless
I’m a sucker for animated videos (love of The Simpsons), and a sucker for Kanye. It’s weird to think of Kanye as being this vulnerable, but he wasn’t always Yeezus.
Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box
You have to love Nirvana’s ethos of responding to their massive popularity by trying make stranger and more isolating records and videos after Nevermind. Despite their best efforts it only made them cooler in most people’s eyes.
Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule – I’m Real (Remix)
J.Lo’s golden era was 1999-2003. Every video was a masterpiece and this might be her best. She and Ja have so much chemistry, and this is the coolest song she’s ever sang.
Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker
This song is essentially Fantasy Pt. 2, but even better because of Jay-Z’s verse. In grade 7, I could rap the whole thing.
Big Tymers – Get Your Roll On
Before Little Wayne was Lil Wayne, Cash Money Millionaires boasted a pretty impressive roster of rappers. Big Tymers were probably the worst of the bunch, but they were the ring leaders and the had the most swagger. I also know most of the words to this song.
Green Day – Walking Contradictions
This is a video I was fortunate enough to catch on my VHS mix-tape, which allowed me to watch and re-watch many times over!! Still like the simple and funny concept of accidents happening all around the band as they walk around completely oblivious to it all. More of an underrated but great song of theirs, too.
Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead
Jeremy Taggart from the band was my favourite drummer at the time and became my drum teacher about a year after this video came out. I was also really good friends with Ryan Dennis who stars in the video dressed up as a girl. At the time, this was hilarious and super cool to me. Anyone remember Serial Joe? It’s THAT guy!!!
Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
I was just obsessed with this song and thought the video was cool as hell. Kinda dark but it kills!!
Green Day – Geek Stink Breath
This totally weird video used to freak me out when I was younger. Insomniac is Green Day’s most underrated album, IMO.
Weird Al Yankovic – Eat It
Even though it’s before my time, this is the ‘King of Parodies’ at his best. The sound effects in this video are hilarious, they get me every time.
Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea – Booty
I watched the behind the scenes for this, and J.Lo said they were going for an “editorial fashion” vibe. I think they nailed it.