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{11} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - Green Day, Jesus of Suburbia (2005)

The video starred Lou Taylor Pucci as St. Jimmy. Jimmy’s love interest (Whatsername) was played by Kelli Garner. Jimmy’s mother was portrayed by Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger. Although Billie Joe was originally tipped to provide the acting role of the main character, this was altered during pre-filming.

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{03} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army (2003)

The video, directed by Alex and Martin, consists of one seemingly continuous shot through a kaleidoscopic tunnel of mirrored black, white and red triangles, touching on Jack’s love of the number three. Some triangle slides contain images of Jack or Meg playing, and at some points marching skeletons and an elephant can be seen, referring to the name of the album Seven Nation Army appeared on.

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{06} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - The Verve, Bitter Sweet Symphony (1998)

The music video focuses on Ashcroft lip-synching the song while walking down a busy London’s pavement, refusing to change his stride or direction throughout  what is going on around him. He repeatedly bumps into passers-by, narrowly avoids being hit by a car, and jumps on top of the bonnet of another vehicle stopped in his path (the driver gets out of her car and proceeds to pursue and shout at him, while he continues unflinchingly). At the end of the video, the rest of The Verve join Ashcroft, and the final shot sees them walking down the street into the distance. 

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{05} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - Green Day, American Idiot (2004)

The music video for “American Idiot” features the band playing in a warehouse against a green American flag (a reference to the name of the band). In the middle of the video, the band is seen playing at different speeds (fast or slow-motion). During the bridge, the stripes of the flag melt onto the floor. The band is then sprayed by a green liquid from amplifiers next to the flag. At the end, the band drops their instruments and leaves. The song’s video was directed by Samuel Bayer.

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{02} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out (2004)

The idea came out of stuff we’d been talking about as a band - we all like the photo montage style that you get from the dada artists who would literally cut up photographs and make new images with the pieces. You get this strange, disjointed look where limbs and heads aren’t the same proportions. So you get a very jarring effect. (Alex Kapranos)

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{07} Carol’s 50 Favorite Music Videos - JET, Are You Gonna Be My Girl (2003)

The music video is shot in black and white, and shows Jet performing in a blank studio. As they play, black ink starts pouring out of their equipment and forms a landscape resembling the cover art on their album Get Born and The Beatles album Revolver. The video was shot at Vinopolis, London. Note that in the video Cameron Muncey can be seen wearing an AC/DC shirt.