What are your favorite 90's alt-rock music videos?
December 9, 2015 7:00 PM   Subscribe

What music videos did you absolutely love from Smell's Like Teen Spirit up to the late-90's music scene? Feel free to throw in other genres, if you can't help yourself. I'm looking to build a playlist after watching videos from a recently deceased front man's band.
posted by glaucon to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite

All the wacky Foo Fighters videos.
All the beautiful Smashing Pumpkins videos.
posted by ApathyGirl at 7:25 PM on December 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


PJ Harvey!

Wicked Game (by Bruce Weber)

Praise you

No Rain
posted by jessamyn at 7:37 PM on December 9, 2015 [7 favorites]

Radiohead - Just
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution
Beastie Boys - Sabatoge
Weezer - Buddy Holly
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 7:38 PM on December 9, 2015 [4 favorites]

Pavement - Cut Your Hair
posted by not_on_display at 7:39 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds -- Do You Love Me?
posted by mr. digits at 7:52 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Tool - Sober
Beck - Loser
The Pharcyde - Drop
Blur - Coffee & TV
James - Laid
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:56 PM on December 9, 2015 [3 favorites]

The two that spring most immediately to mind, that aren't Nirvana, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Tool, NIN, or Metallica, are:

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
U2 - Numb
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:05 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

A lot of my favourites have already been mentioned. I will add:

Pretty much any Radiohead video from The Bends on
Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube
Björk - All is Full of Love and Bachelorette
Daft Punk - Da Funk
UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights
posted by synecdoche at 8:07 PM on December 9, 2015 [3 favorites]

was starting to think id had too too much at the spouse's company's holiday party when it took until the ninth comment for Black Hole Sun to come up.

Pearl Jam's Jeremy is also, without a doubt, on my list.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 8:12 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
MC 900 Ft Jesus - If I Only Had a Brain
And while this extended video may pre-date Smells Like Teen Spirit by a smidge, I plead its case emphatically.
posted by gnomeloaf at 8:23 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Nirvana — In BloomHeart-Shaped Box

Smashing Pumpkins — Today, Rocket, Tonight Tonight, Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Alice in Chains — No Excuses, I Stay Away

Soundgarden — Fell on Black Days, The Day I Tried to Live, Outshined, Pretty Noose

Hole — Violet, Miss World

Shudder to Think — X-French Tee Shirt

Sonic Youth — Bull in the Heather

NIN — Head Like a Hole, Down in It, Closer, March of the Pigs

Björk — Human Behavior, Army of Me

Tori Amos — God, Cornflake Girl

Flaming Lips — Turn it On, She Don't Use Jelly

Dinosaur Jr. — Feel the Pain

The Meat Puppets — Backwater

Beastie Boys — Sabotage

Red Hot Chili Peppers — Give it Away, Soul to Squeeze

Luscious Jackson — Naked Eye, Citysong

Dig — Believe

Daisy Chainsaw — Love Your Money

Spacehog — In the Meantime

Counting Crows — Mr. Jones

Lisa Loeb — Stay

Belly — Super-Connected

Elastica — Connection

Beck — Beercan

Bush — Everything Zen

Veruca Salt — Seether

Weezer — Undone (The Sweater Song)

Primus — Mr. Krinkle

Cracker — Get Off This

Aerosmith — Pink

Green Day — Basket Case

Rancid — Ruby Soho

Filter — Hey Man Nice Shot

Live — Lightning Crashes

R.E.M. — Losing My Religion

Radiohead — Just, Fake Plastic Trees

And of course...

Monster Magnet — Negasonic Teenage Warhead
posted by John Cohen at 8:24 PM on December 9, 2015 [18 favorites]

Not a formal video, though one that made the rounds on video comps that friends made (along with actual videos) at the time and that still gives me a little shiver:

Huggy Bear: Her Jazz
posted by ryanshepard at 8:27 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

second for REM, Losing My Religion - the only music video I've ever remembered as much as the song.
posted by jb at 8:28 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Blind Melon's No Rain has somehow stuck with me as an iconic early 90s video. Wow is it dated.
posted by miles per flower at 8:42 PM on December 9, 2015 [3 favorites]

California, via Beavis and Butthead.
posted by Marky at 8:58 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Guns N Roses - Don't Cry, November Rain and Estranged
posted by Sassyfras at 9:11 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Oh my God Sassyfras, those are literally the most beautiful music videos (and songs) ever made. Though Estranged may just be my favorite.
posted by Blitz at 9:15 PM on December 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

For me this Sneaker Pimps video is as '90s as it gets.
posted by johngoren at 11:07 PM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

posted by persona au gratin at 1:48 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Primitive Radio Gods.
Matthew Sweet, "Girlfriend" With the great Robert Quine on guitar.
posted by persona au gratin at 1:52 AM on December 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Whale, "Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe"
posted by gsh at 4:24 AM on December 10, 2015 [4 favorites]

Space, "Begin Again"

It's Britpop from 1998. Does it fit the brief? I couldn't help myself!
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 4:39 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Wax, "California". Pretty much anything directed by Spike Jonze should work, and many Jonze videos have already been cited.

The Pixies, "Velouria".

The Rentals, "Friends of P". Not a great video, but a great song.
posted by kevinbelt at 4:39 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Whale - Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe. Sexy in ways that just feel wrong. It'll turn you on, but you won't like that it does.

Karmacoma - Massive Attack. Pulp Fiction meets The Shining, and the Overlook wins.

Air Miami - I Hate Milk. One of the great videos of the "shrieking fey dudes in an overexposed, plain white room" genre.

Stone Temple Pilots - Big Bang Baby. If every song on the radio sounded like this forever, that'd be fine.

Babes in Toyland - Sweet 69. When the camera goes inside her mouth, oh my god.

Peter Gabriel - Digging In The Dirt. Because filming the Sledgehammer video wasn't gross and uncomfortable enough, Peter Gabriel decided to have a bunch of snails crawl all over him.

The Geraldine Fibbers - Dragon Lady Carla's voice is like whiskey for your ears.

Ben Lee - Away With The Pixies (featuring Liz Phair) I liked Ben's old stuff, from before he was shaving.

Frank Black - Headache. It still knows how to pound.

Wax - California I see this thing and I am right back there as a grumbling gen-X'er, staying up late even though I gotta get up early. Actually, not much has changed.

David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans. The song that made you go, "Wait, is Bowie actually AWESOME again?!"

Beastie Boys - So What Cha Want See, I don't hate ALL rap!

Army Of Lovers - Crucified Drag queens and a wailing diva chick with massive boobs. I want to live in this video.

Supergrass - Alright. It's in cereal commercials or some shit now.

Blur - Girls and Boys. Apparently in the UK this was a bro anthem or something. In the US it was a bunch of scrawny little British dudes leaping around and singing about confusing gender stuff, and we needed that just then SO BAD you guys.

Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July. The lyrics are like a poem you'd write on a dog biscuit, but the song is profoundly lovely.

John Lydon - Sun. Johnny's last great moment, maybe. He's never seemed more like a cackling little demon.

Shakespeare's Sister - Stay. It's gorgeous. Shut up.

Supernova - Math. Math is hard!

Tom Waits - Going Out West. Ever notice that Tom looks like Hellboy? Now try to not notice it.

Elastica - Connection. I still wanna be this chick so bad. Fuck.


Chris Isaak - Go Walking Down There. It says way too much about my mind in 1990-something that when I'd watch the Friends credits they looked like the Happy People in this video.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand. Perhaps the murder-iest, NickCave-iest Nick Cave murder song.

Help me, Jesus. Can't... stop... linking to... 90s alt rock videos.

Man, I don't think I could feel older without being dead.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 5:10 AM on December 10, 2015 [6 favorites]

Butter 08 - Butter of 69
posted by HeroZero at 5:42 AM on December 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

For other genres (specifically hip-hop) mid-to-late 90's Busta Rhymes was pretty much unbeatable in terms of visual interest and creativity.
Gimme Some More
Put Your Hands When My Eyes Can See

And The Pharcyde's Drop is amazing too.
posted by saladin at 7:11 AM on December 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

They Might Be Giants videos are perhaps not like other alt rock videos of the 90s, but they are amazing. For starters please enjoy Birdhouse In Your Soul, from a brand new record for 1990.
posted by clavicle at 7:21 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
posted by lovableiago at 9:57 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill

Fiona Apple Criminal
posted by litera scripta manet at 11:10 AM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

Blur - Song 2

The Cardigans - Lovefool

The Cranberries - Zombie

Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains

Jane's Addition - Been Caught Stealing

Poe - Angry Johnny

thank you for this question. it has been so fun for me all day.

Silverchair - Tomorrow
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 3:30 PM on December 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

The Smiths "Ask" video may fit the bill.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 10:38 AM on December 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

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