music video

Childish Gambino from This Is America

In the music video for “This is America”, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) raps and dances as an expression of various themes including being black in America, gun violence, and police brutality. His gold chains are a nod to slavery, his movements to caricatures of Jim Crow, and the yellow shoes, who knows. Sew black buttons on the fly to get the pants matching as close as possible.

Tom DeLonge in First Date Video

In Blink-182’s music video for “First Date,” Tom DeLonge assumes his alter-ego Boomer, a crude and inconsiderate dimwit. Not much is known about Boomer other than that he has kissed his own brother, and is currently in prison for “undisclosed reasons.” For this costume, pretty much any lightly-colored yellow shirt will work.

Arial Tetsuo from Wipeout

Arial Tetsuo

Arial Tetsuo is a Japanese fictional pilot for the video game series Wipeout. This version of her is from the British electronic group Fluke used in the music video “Atom Bomb”. She is shown as an anime-styled and human modeled character in the video.

Robin from Radiohead's Paranoid Android

Robin from Radiohead’s Paranoid Android Music Video

Robin is a Swedish animated character who made his first appearance in a Radiohead music video for “Paranoid Android”. Since then, a real-life version has made cameos in videos for the recently released singles for the OK Computer re-release OKNOTOK, “I Promise” and “Lift”.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is a singer and actress who made her debut on Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Sam & Cat. She started her musical career dressing modestly, but soon traded that in for crop tops, short skirts, and knee-high boots. She likes to accessorize with a long ponytail or bunny ears, like in the music video for the a capella version of “Dangerous Woman”.

Blurryface

Tyler Joseph’s alter ego Blurryface is well known because of the Twenty One Pilots hit “Stressed Out”. He represents all of Tyler’s insecurities and feelings of grief.

Thriller Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s landmark music video, Thriller, is an epic 13-minute horror cinematic, directed by John Landis and starring a horde of zombies. Its 1983 release set a bar for music videos that has yet to be met.

Beyonce Hold Up

From Beyonce’s epic album Lemonade, “Hold Up” is a single accompanied by a music video in which Beyonce goes ham on multiple cars and security cameras. She must have enjoyed making this video more than any other.

Vivi from Mystery Skulls

Vivi is the leader of the Mystery Skulls, a group of paranormal investigators. She is brave and loyal, willing to put herself in harm’s way to protect her friends Arthur and Lewis from danger.

Rick Astley

Rick Astley is an English singer and songwriter who scored a #1 hit with the 1987 single “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Though he retired in 1993, he scored a comeback in 2007 with his second chart topper, a stark departure from his previous hit.