08 augustus 2011 | Commentaren (0)

Music Video Gods: #25 Tim Pope

sedwarf.jpgWith MTV still celebrating its 30th birthday ... yada yada yada ... Time for the number 25 in my Music Video Directors Top 30!

 

30. Jonas Åkerlund

29. Walter Stern

28. Pleix

27: Steve Barron

26: H5

25: Tim Pope

 

Truth be told, Tim Pope also made his share of - being kind here - ordinary music videos but it's important to stress that Pope made more than 25 music videos ... in 1984 alone! Plus: he never made a video that wasn't at least 'sort of interesting'. I tried counting how many videos the British director made between 1980 and today but only thirty seconds in I decided life is too short. Through the '80s and the first half of the '90s Pope was THE go-to guy for The Cure, The The, Talk Talk and Neil Young, for whom he made the legendary music video for Wonderin' (see below). The list of pop and rock icons on his resume is however endless: David Bowie, Queen, The Style Council, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Bryan Ferry, Wham, Soft Cell, and that's just part of the '80s. More recently Pope also made promos for amongst others Kaiser Chiefs (see below) and Fatboy Slim.

 

cure.jpgAccording to his own words Pope will probably be remembered as the guy 'who made the wardrobe video'. Truth be told: The Cure's original Close To Me video (see below; there's also a sort of redux of both the song and video) is highly memorable but so was pretty much every The Cure video - including the spider video for Lullaby, of course. Besides, in my mind, Pope will be best remembered as the guy who made a video for every track of Soft Cell's Non-Stop Exotic Cabaret album - including the infamous Sex Dwarf video which was banned from pretty much the planet when it was released in 1982. They didn't have Vimeo back then.

 

NEIL YOUNG - WONDERIN'

 

THE CURE - CLOSE TO ME

 

KAISER CHIEFS - EVERYDAY I LOVE YOU LESS AND LESS

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