Top 10 Mark Romanek Videos

Today is the 53rd birthday of Mark Romanek. Though he's a perfectly legit Hollywood director of great films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, he is also responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time.

For 20 years he has worked with top-level performers, and today we celebrate his ten best videos.

10. Keith Richards, "Wicked as it Seems."

1991 is when Romanek started really developing his trademark style, and this collaboration with Keith Richards shows a lot of the same tricks that later went into Nine Inch Nails' "Closer."

9. Madonna, "Rain"

One of Romanek's more light-hearted and definitely the most... purple of his work, "Rain" is a fascinating treatise on the act of creating a music video itself.

8. k.d. lang, "Constant Craving"

Romanek used "Constant Craving" to recreate the Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, using the both to symbolize the hunger of desperation. It won the VMA for Best Female Video in 1993.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
Contact: Jef Rouner