One of Rocks Off's choice ambient/shoegaze artists, Grouper, has just released visuals for her song "Alien Observer" and it's full of (almost) everything that we hold dear: Blood, zombies buried beneath foliage, and girl-on-girl action. Oh, and Liz Harris' haunting voice.
It's beautiful; which is shocking to us personally, because after watching "Thriller" as a 10-year-old, we couldn't fall asleep comfortably for at least two years. Not to mention that around the same time, we saw Night of the Living Dead at our neighbor's house even though we knew we weren't allowed to.
As far as music videos go, the zombie theme is interminable-pun intended-and it's been a ubiquitous visual concept since way before we were even born. We have a lot of weird memories that have been reawakened in our head, so we're going to go call our mom.
We want to finally 'fess up to the rated-R movie we weren't allowed to watch; it might explain some things. In the meantime, here are 10 selections of memorable zombie-related videos for you to feast on.
Grouper, "Alien Observer":
Kanye West, "Monster":
People have been going apeshit over this video. Activist Sharon Haywood started an official petition to prevent the video's circulation because of its eroticized zombie-woman-hating plot.
Aesop Rock, "Coffee":
Ace Rizzle in "The Blood Letting." Do you know why he can get away with showing bloody boobies on Vevo? Because he's the freaking illest and too underrated and what the fuck - why does this video only have 176,00 views?
Peaches & Iggy Pop, "Kick It":
Oh, shit. Peaches and Iggy kickin' zombie ass before the Zombieland rulebook was ever created. Iggy sort of scares us more than the living dead.
Phantom Planet, "Big Brat"
The making and screening of a low-budget zombie movie inside of a music video. The only thing that would have made this video better would have been the presence of founding drummer Jason Schwartzman, but he latered the band to be Wes Anderson's golden boy.
Sellout. Just kidding, Rushmore is one of our favorite movies.
The Misfits, "Scream!":
The "Grandfather of Zombie" and director of Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, helped The Misfits out with this video. The band agreed to play during the final murder scene in Romero's then-current film, Bruiser, in exchange for his directing their video. Michale Graves chunked deuce a year later.
Billy Idol, "Dancing With Myself":
We still can't really match up the video with the song, but it's sweaty Billy Idol...so it's OK.
Robbie Williams, "Rock DJ":
We would eat Robbie Williams' flesh too. Also, shouts to Robbie for namedropping our city. Wish you were still hot.
This song is a zombie itself. It will never, ever, ever die. Maybe Peaches & Iggy need to annihilate it.
Michael Jackson, "Thriller":
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