Today’s music videos all have an Alice In Wonderland theme to them. Here’s my thought process:
While playing Just Dance with my daughter, I often choose What You Waiting For? by Gwen Stefani because I really like the song (but my favorite Just Dance routines are the ones for This Is Halloween and for Dynamite by Taio Cruz in case you want to know). 😉 So when I last played it, it got me thinking about the Gwen Stefani video and I decided that I’d do it for my Music Video Friday. But then I of course thought of Tom Petty’s very famous Alice In Wonderland-themed video for Don’t Come Around Here No More so it made sense to post them together.
I then went Googling shit as I clearly need a life and, holy hell, there have been soooo many Alice In Wonderland-themed things. It must be one of the most widely adapted stories ever (there was also an Aerosmith video that I’d never seen called Sunshine – video HERE). I was never big on Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland (a bit too weird for me) but I can understand its appeal, especially to artists such as these.
Gwen Stefani’s What You Waiting For? video was directed by Francis Lawrence (director of The Hunger Games films Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 & Part 2). I’ve always really liked a lot of Stefani’s songs (and have probably always kind of wanted to be her) and I think this song is one of her very best. I love the video’s style and am sure she had a lot of fun making it and getting to wear all the clothing by designer John Galliano:
Don’t Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers is more special to me as I’ll always love videos from the Eighties above all others and I saw this one many many times in my pre & early-teen years. I’d never have called myself a big Tom Petty fan but I did really like a few songs & this one was probably my favorite. This video was directed by Jeff Stein. Stein directed The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright and the videos for Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell, Heart’s These Dreams, and… Oh no…. Warrant’s Cherry Pie. No! Not Cherry fucking Pie!!! Ugh. Well, none of them beat the Tom Petty video, which is an all-time classic:
Finally, when doing my Googling, I was reminded of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, which uses Alice In Wonderland references in order to sing about druuuuuuuugs. I’ve always loved this song since I was a hippie druggie in my past life (before I was reincarnated as a boring 80’s kid) so I had to include it. Go ask Alice!:
I wondered how they would all connect haha. I can’t stop listening to We Built this City on Rock and Roll by Starship. Sort of a spin off from Jefferson Airplane, right?
Correct! 🙂 They kept changing their name. Think Jefferson Starship was after Jefferson Airplane. Not sure if the members maybe changed a bit over the years too…
Always loved Gwen Stefani. Great theme!
Thanks! Me too. She’s pretty cool. 🙂
Too bad there wasn’t a video of Grace Slick’s original version with The Great Society before she joined Jefferson Airplane.
Hmm. Never heard of The Great Society! 🙂
Alice in Wonderland is always a good source for visual inspiration.
Definitely! These videos are proof of that. 🙂
I particularly love the Gwen Stefani one, she has a lot of style.
She does. She’s super cool. I wish I was that cool. 🙂
You are very cool, don’t sell yourself short.
I actually have a small Alice in Wonderland YouTube playlist with the first two songs as the first two that I thought of. Will have to add that Jefferson Airplane video to the list now. Alice Music Videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2E8B3C9D9F99EAC7
Oh – very cool! 🙂 Glad it’s a popular theme! And happy I could remind you of one to add. 🙂
very cool! have actually heard and seen some of these 🙂
Thanks! Lol. Tom Petty, I assume. 😉
Great round up! I LOVE White Rabbit, really. Excellent song, and definitely makes me think of that scene in the bathtub in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas xD
You have excellent taste in music! 🙂 Okay – Confession: I’ve never seen Fear & Loathing… Blind Spot 2017 pick, then!!
LOL! I meant that scene from the book (I read it, too) – but the movie was also actually a pretty damn good depiction of the novel, which is a fast read. Thomspon could write, too. Dunno… maybe you like it, maybe you don’t. It certainly won’t appeal to everyone! Depp did a marvellous job there – he followed Thompson around in secret so he could mimic him exactly, and it pays off.
Hmm. Now I’m thinking I should read the book first! 🙂
It’s a real quick read!
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