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You Let Me Change Lanes: Music Videos From the Nineties Had a Strange Thing For Cars

I'm not sure what it says about gas prices / oil futures, the collective artistic unconscious, or what we all thought the Clinton years had us driving away from (or toward), but has anyone else noticed how many music videos from the '90s take place...

by Brian Anderson
Jun 29 2012, 6:00pm

I’m not sure what it says about gas prices / oil futures, the collective artistic unconscious, or what we all thought the Clinton years had us driving away from (or toward), but has anyone else noticed how many music videos from the ‘90s take place either partly or entirely inside moving vehicles? There are literally dozens. I am not joking. It’s totally insane.

Geggy Tah, “Whoever You Are” (1996)

Just look at these clowns / torch-bearers warming up on the way to the big club show. SEE THE BIG PICTURE. SPACE. SPEED. SIGHT.

Alanis Morissette, “Ironic” (1996)

Just look at all these primary-schemed Alanis’, being silly in a car.

Radiohead, “Karma Police” (1997)

Just look at this back-seated Thom Yorke making an “artistic statement.”

2Pac, “To Live & Die in L.A.” (1996)

Just look at 2Pac being 2Pac and getting picked up by a convertible packed full of babes.

Fastball, “The Way” (1998)

Just look at this guy back-flopping off a 10-story building onto a car top.

Ice Cube, “It Was a Good Day” (1993)

Just look at Ice Cube being kinda hard and avoiding arrest.

Aphex Twin, “Windowlicker” (1999)

Just look at this white stretch limo.

The Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” (1996)

Just look at this freshly-Bic’d Billy Corgan rolling through suburbia.

R.E.M, “Everybody Hurts” (1993)

Just look at Michael Stipe Christ-ing over vehicles.

UNKLE, “Rabbit in Your Headlights” (1998)

Just look at this poor, blathering psychopath being clipped by moving vehicles in the run up the ultimate stand. OK, so maybe not up to criteria, but still.

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