Werewolves and vampires have been at each others' throats long before Twilight: New Moon (opening tomorrow) had them making pouty duck-faces at one another. Thankfully, the tradition of the vampire and the werewolf in the art of the music video is a much richer one than the antics of the crybaby douchemobiles in the Twilight series would suggest.The Kills, "Black Balloon"
This video puts a gritty, almost documentary-style spin on the vampire, which is a refreshing change from the usual glam explosion that attends them. Even as dingy and strung-out as she looks, there isn't a man alive who wouldn't let Alison Mosshart suck on his jugular a while.
Clor, "Good Stuff"
Ah, there's nothing quite like a night-vision dance-off between a naked man and a werewolf. If only all those ridiculous "urban dance contest" movies ended with an angry mob hacking the contestants to bits, we'd be a lot more likely to watch them.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "She Said"
Jon Spencer portrays both vampire and werewolf in this erotic Gothic fantasy, featuring more freaky sexed-up nuns than you can shake a stick at. It also features a werewolf - vampiress showdown at the end, although frankly we don't understand how that vampire chick can resist Spencer's badass mutton chops.
The Damned, "Shadow of Love"
In this '80s-est of videos, the vampires really don't do much except lurk, but the song is undeniably catchy. Plus we're glad to see someone got some further use out of Billy Idol's "White Wedding" set before they tore it down. We kind of wish this type of goth-rockabilly (gothabilly?) had caught on.
Fatboy Slim, "It's a Wonderful Night"
Sure, it starts out as the sort of show tunes-y vaudeville kind of video we've seen done a million times, but hang in there: the sudden genre switch about halfway through is priceless. Mandatory viewing for those who've always wondered what Trainspotting might have been like with a werewolf in it.
Jan Terri, "Get Down Goblin"
Why do all the vampire ladies have to share a coffin? Why does the brunette play a guitar when what we're hearing is clearly a stack of synthesizers? Who paid for all this shit? These are all questions you should force from your mind while watching this video, and simply enjoy it for what it is: a bunch of people who have made more music, had more fun, and made more money than you. Jan Terri opened for Marilyn Manson. Suck on that, people with taste.
Here are a bunch of other great videos we couldn't embed because record labels are so soulless they make the average vampire look like James Brown.
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The Flaming Lips, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
And of course, to attempt to stave off the nearly-inevitable bitchfest, here's a link to Ozzy Osbourne's terrible video, "Bark at the Moon."