03 augustus 2011 | Commentaren (0)

Music Video Gods: #29 Walter Stern

best music video directors,mtv,30,music video,walter stern,massive attack,teardrop,the verve,bittersweet symphony,the prodigy,breatheAs MTV is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, I'm listing up my 30 favorite music video directors - ever. Yesterday I discussed Jonas Åkerlund (#30). Today is Walter Stern (#29) Day.

 

You could say Walter Stern clearly benefits from not having made that many music videos (especially in recent years) but restraint is never a bad thing and quite a number of the videos he did make are examples of (excellent) craftsmanship. Stern made a name for himself directing music videos for The Prodigy: No Good (Start the Dance) (1994), Voodoo People (1994), Poison (1995), Firestarter (1996) and Breathe (1996; see below) - the latter winning Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards. But it was his collaboration with Massive Attack that really turned him into a Music Video God. Stern directed Risingson (1997), Angel (1998) and - arguably one of the most beautiful music videos ever shot - Teardrop (1998; see below).

 

best music video directors,mtv,30,music video,walter stern,massive attack,teardrop,the verve,bittersweet symphony,the prodigy,breatheThe British director also made some outstanding videos for Faith No More's Evidence (1995), The Chemical Brothers' Life Is Sweet (1995), Madonna's Drowned World/Substitute for Love (1998), David Bowie's Thursday's Child (1999) and Survive (2000), Bloc Party's The Prayer (2006) and - reuniting with the band after more than a decade - The Prodigy's Take Me to the Hospital (2009). Finally, he did something weird with Moby in 1994 and - in the end - might be best remembered for The Verve's simple but brilliant (or 'simply brilliant') Bittersweet Symphony (1997; see below).

 

MASSIVE ATTACK - TEARDROP

 

THE VERVE - BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

 

THE PRODIGY - BREATHE

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