10 most memorable music videos starring cars
|driving.ca 28 Mar 2020 at 07:12|
Movies? Done that . Bond movies? Done that, too . How about commercials? Sure, which do you want, Super Bowl edition or just regular ?
Now, because one of our editors recently got Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” stuck in their head, here are the most memorable music videos starring cars.
Four musicians, one instrument: a Chevrolet Sonic. It may seem wild and like it probably took many, many takes to get right, but this is basically OK Go’s modus operandi. They’re like the .
For their 2012 song “Needing/Getting,” the boys got Chevrolet to play sponsor and lend them a Sonic sedan in which to drive into hundreds of bells, pianos, electric guitars, percussion instruments and more. Turn the sound on (not too loud) and enjoy this musical madness.
Spike Jonez directed the video for the 2011 track “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, sicking the two hip-hop stars on a 2004 Maybach 57 with a Sawzall and a blowtorch. The actual chopping – including removing the doors, hacking the computers so its tires would spin, and adding a flaming “after-burner” effect – was performed by the pros at North Hollywood’s Shelly Ward Industries by professionals, while Jay and Kanye stuck to what they’re good at.
The car was later classified “modern art” and auctioned off for charity, fetching just US$60,000, or about 16 per cent of its original price.
British band Gorillaz has been putting out music videos and even performing live shows as a fully virtual group since the 1990s. But they borrowed a bit of real, human star power for their 2011 “Stylo” video , getting a vengeful Bruce Willis in a 1968 El Camino to pursue the runaway 1969 Chevrolet Camaro piloted by the CGI-animated band. It’s dark and twisted like all the group’s best stuff, and features some great shots of the two American muscle cars racing through the desert.
An icon from the big-hair band era, Whitesnake has a few timeless tracks, including which hit the top of the charts in 1987. For the music vid, actress Tawny Kitaen (presumably hired because her hair was as gorgeous as the band’s) cartwheels and frolics on the hoods of a pair of Jaguars, one owned by David Coverdale and the other by the video’s director.
After almost selling it to Hard Rock (yes, as in cafes) and storing it for 30 years, Coverdale and the band used it again to shoot the far-less-of-a-classic video for “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”
Indie rockers Vampire Weekend ended up taking some heat for while promoting their Modern Vampires of the City album. The main issue, apparently, was how the production company didn’t tell the people selling the Saabs they’d be used for a good old-fashioned car fire.
So does a yacht owner. And a club owner. And another rapper shooting his own video. Lil Dicky also stops by a luxury car dealership and manages to convince the manager to lend him an Aventador, which he proceeds to dance in front of as it rolls down the road, doors up.
The late Chris Cornell and the other members of Audioslave probably had some fun shooting this one. The video for “Show Me How to Live” mixes clips from the movie Vanishing Point (1971), which follows a benzo addict’s run from Denver to San Fran; with some original scenes of the band thrashing around in a 1970 Dodge Challenger replica. There’s police chases, jumps, explosions and Chris Cornell with his shirt off in the desert.
It’s a pretty bold move, to compare oneself to Steve McQueen. But Sheryl Crow does it rather directly, even going so far as to recreate the iconic chase scene from Bullitt . “Steve McQueen” features Crow (a stunt double in most shots, no doubt) riding a motorcycle, The Great Escape-style, evading Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Bullitt Mustang, and driving a bunch of other classics.
This red 1933 Ford coupe hot rod was featured in a number of ZZ Top’s hits , including “ Sharp Dressed Man ” and “ Legs .” The car known as the “Eliminator” coupe (same name as ZZ Top’s album of the era) was commissioned by lead singer Billy Gibbons, who fell in love with a similar model he saw in The California Kid (1974). Now you know a little bit of trivia to drop on your friends right before you skip this song you’ve all heard 1,340,000 times in your life.
Now I’m going to leave you with this catchy hook in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.
M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” manages to entertain us with incredible car stunts and solid tunage whilst simultaneously promoting the “Women to drive movement” in Saudi Arabia, which helped blaze a way for female drivers in Saudi Arabia. “Live fast, die young/ Bad girls do it well”!