Foo Fighters – “Long Road To Ruin”
Foo Fighters transported viewers back in time with both versions of their “Long Road To Ruin” video. The first features a show within a show as the band and actress Rashida Jones parody characters in a hospital soap opera and the actors who portray them. Dave Grohl’s Davy Grolton character becomes increasingly famous, eventually starting a band that performs in a mall. A full Davy Grolton Band performance was later released as an alternate version of the video.
Cobra Starship – “Guilty Pleasure”
Cobra Starship offered up a campy home video for “Guilty Pleasure” that gave us the classic choreographed dance that became as iconic as the Fangs Up symbol for fans everywhere. According to the video’s description, however, it stemmed from the band spending their allotted budget on a sports car. A few months later, the band released a second version where Patrick Stump portrays their manager. Stump scolds them for spending their budget on a DeLorean and explains that the label wants a “professional video” that will be accomplished through cost cutting (i.e. hiring bar mitzvah videographers and product placement). The band later re-released the second video as a Spanish version titled “Placer Culpable.”
The All-American Rejects – “Gives You Hell”
The “Gives You Hell” video has frontman Tyson Ritter simultaneously portraying two neighboring characters—the quintessential family man outfitted in J. Crew with a picturesque wife and a grungy musician surrounded by a model and his bandmates. On opposite schedules, the latter starts band practice as the rest of the neighborhood is falling asleep, which leads to an all-out war. The band later released a second version of the video consisting of an extension of the performance segment in the first video.
Fall Out Boy – “Irresistible”
Fall Out Boy dropped their first video for “Irresistible” soon after American Beauty/American Psycho’s release, featuring grainy VHS-esque quality and cheesy edits as the band try their hands at a pickup game of basketball. FOB remixed the track with Demi Lovato and released a second video starring Doug The Pug that references not only the first video, but also their videos for “Uma Thurman,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance” and “Centuries.” The band then released a third version with Lovato and cameos from *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick to explore what happened to the toys no one really wanted in *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” video.
Papa Roach – “Periscope” (featuring Skylar Grey)
“Periscope” is Papa Roach’s latest video from Crooked Teeth and relies on a variety of neon lights to achieve its emotionally charged aesthetic. The track and footage feature Skylar Grey, a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter and pop-rock solo artist who has worked with everyone from Eminem to Fort Minor. The second take of the video stays true to the original but adds in some additional footage in a version exclusive to Spotify.