”Heaven Knows” by Rise Against (2003)
While “Give It All” is considered their breakthrough single, released the following year, this was actually their first music video. Interestingly enough, just the intro riff confirms that Rise Against did not stray far from their roots and maintained a consistently solid sound.
”M+M’s” by Blink-182 (1995)
Similarly to Green Day, it is not surprising that Blink’s first music video accompanied single mentions “making love with one’s hand.” The '90s were certainly a time of raw and unfiltered lyrical content.
”Great Romances Of The 20th Century” by Taking Back Sunday (2002)
Old TBS will always hold a special place in our hearts. Just look at those youngsters! The overlapping vocals and microphone cord tricks that are such staple TBS qualities have been with them from the start.
“I’ll Stick Around” by Foo Fighters (1995)
With frontman David Grohl’s request for a “non-video video,” this was the result: a band performance in a room with a paper background, strobe lights and a giant floating spore ball. Probably the only music video to feature someone brushing their teeth with a butter knife?
“He Who Laughs Last” by A.F.I. (1996)
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be in a hardcore band,” admits frontman Davey Havok at the beginning of the video, back in the days when the acronym still stood for “Asking For It” and “Anthems For Subordinates” (before finalizing A Fire Inside) and the members barely knew how to play their instruments. Clearly, his dreams came true nine studio albums later.
“Warmness On The Soul” by Avenged Sevenfold (2001)
What an interesting way to see/hear this Huntington Beach heavy metal act for the first time. This piano-driven ballad video combines some acting (by M. Shadows’ wife and long time friend of the band, Valary DiBendetto) with the band performing on a beach and close-ups of the frontman singing with a crimson red aura around him. Not the most typical A7x track, but we still love it just the same.
“Dead On Arrival” by Fall Out Boy (2003)
This montage debut video includes some of FOB’s first touring days, combining footage from live performances, action shots on the road and short clips of everything in-between shows. Quite encompassing for a band that became huge a few years later.
“The Shower Scene” by Brand New (2001)
Before you hit play, take a wild guess at where this music video is set. That synchronized guitar spin at 1:52 was so powerful… that single moment could have defined a generation of emo bands of the early 2000s.
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