Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
The new year is here, and we’re off and running (just a wee bit late), with a fresh pot of video java percolating on the stove. Speaking of heating up, the competition was boiling this month, as two very different works tied for top honors. Looks like we’re handing out a pair of Barclay Awards, which we present on a more-or-less regular basis for outstanding achievement in the field of Unofficial Video artistry.
1. Producer: RankTheLion
Artist: Yellow Ostrich
Here’s a budget throwback to music video buffoonery of the highest order. It’s worth noting the recent passing of The Monkees’ Peter Tork, who contributed much to the widely held belief that rock bands all lived in the same house and had wacky adventures when not onstage. RankTheLion hits the funny bone!
1. Producer: JonZombie + Meikee Magnetic
Artist: Blvck Ceiling
Song: “Body Electric”
The female protagonist cannot resist the allure of… sexy stuff. Temptation is steamily rendered with kinky, occult panache. It’s safe to say JonZombie and Meikee Magnetic have a keen understanding of visual seduction and an arsenal of ideas.
3. Producer: Shoot To Frame Productions
Artist: Pearl Jam
There is still room in the world for angst, and this sincere effort rings true. Nothing hurts worse than adolescent broken-heart burn, and Pearl Jam is fitting accompaniment.
4. Producer: Tilo Zhu
Artist: The Chainsmokers
Song: “Sick Boy”
Chinese teen contemplates his own mortality, alá the Danish Prince. Instead of a soliloquy he takes a cellphone video of his own sick soul.
5. Producer: Avgusta Volchenkova
Artist: Beth Hart
Song: “Jazz Man”
You’ve got to love a Russian troupe showing off snappy steps and genuine razzmatazz in a salute to decadent Western music. Putin may have won the Cold War, but you can’t dance to him. Let’s thaw out those diplomatic relations, already!
As always, Team TikiKiti would like to thank the classy creatives from all over the globe whose work we can’t help but make a fuss over. Let’s never part!