Friday, July 17, 2009

Retrovideo Friday: "I like my sugar with coffee and cream..."

Killer robots and Japanese construction workers — what do we have?

This Week's Pick: "Intergalactic" by Beastie Boys (Year: 1998)

The Beastie Boys have been kicking it for three decades now, and as a result, they have an extensive catalog of well-loved albums, singles and... music videos. "Intergalactic" is among one of those iconic songs/videos that many remember to this day. The song, which was released as a single in 1998, can be found on the group's fifth studio album Hello Nasty. The song made it to the Billboard charts in both the US and UK, and ultimately received a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

The video itself reflects the fun and offbeat aspects of the song, which begins with a portion of Rachaminoff's "Prelude in C-sharp Minor." (Some versions of the video begin with a sample from Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring.") Viewers are then treated to the sight of a giant, boxy robot popping in the streets of Japan, while the Beastie Boys themselves rap dressed up as Japanese construction workers. The video is campy, reflecting elements of Kaiju films like Godzilla and TV shows like Power Rangers. The video ends with a showdown between a giant octopus-headed creature and the robot before the latter flies off into space.

Intergalactic indeed.

Watch the video for "Intergalactic" below and see why it won "Best Hip Hop Video" at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

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