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June 9th, 2014
Turns out Canadian musicians are geeks. The MMVAs are coming up this weekend and several nominated videos take their cue from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and retro video games. Below, we’ve rounded up five videos we think Space fans will enjoy.
Check them out and tune in to the MMVAs this Sunday at 9E/6P on Much, CTV and CTV GO.
1. Sam Roberts Band, We’re All In This Together
The video for Sam Roberts Band’s We’re All In This Together is not subtle about its sci-fi influences. It opens with a quote from Rod Serling, for starters. From there, it’s a psychedelic, Twilight Zone-ish journey into a pop-rock alternate reality. There are floating orbs.
2. Tokyo Police Club, Hot Tonight
Retro video game fans will get a kick out of Tokyo Police Club’s video for Hot Tonight, which features nostalgic arcade interpretations of the band’s adventures. The video was shot at Get Well in Toronto, which incidentally is a great place to grab a drink if you want to also spend your night playing pinball for free.
3. Chromeo ft. Toro y Moi, Come Alive
Things get literal in Chromeo’s video for Come Alive, which showcases a gaggle of sexy department store mannequins who come to life — in Lycra. It’s got an eighties, Today’s Special vibe. But with more making out in closets.
4. Classified ft. B.o.B., Higher
Here’s another one with retro inspirations. Classified’s video for Higher pays homage to John Hughes’ teen sci-fi classic Weird Science, which is apparently getting a full-blown remake sometime in the near-ish future. And here’s a fun game: how many eighties references can you catch in the video’s opening shot? We spotted a troll doll, a Rubik’s cube, a rotary phone, and The Game of Life.
5. Arcade Fire, Reflektor
This almost 8-minute epic for Arcade Fire’s Reflektor takes elements from fantasy, sci-fi and film noir—plus, disco. It’s also the second video nominated for an MMVA to feature a giant floating ball. Coincidence or an MMVA-related sci fi incident in its own right?!?!
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