Five Creepy Music Videos (accumulated while watching ‘The Wedge’ as a teenager)
When I was a teenager, I used to babysit a lot on Friday nights. I didn’t go out to a lot of parties, but the for the most part, I didn’t want to. Fridays were when ‘The Wedge’, (MuchMusic’s show for obscure/weird/upsetting videos) was on, first at 11pm, then midnight, then 2am (I stopped watching around then), and it was one of my favourite rituals of the week. I would finish some homework, make some popcorn, and watch the show with my brother, or better still, watch it alone after some kids I was looking after had fallen asleep.
‘The Wedge’ used to present videos in the creepiest way possible, which I think is largely because it didn’t have a host back then.There was something creepy in and of itself about seeing music videos with no context, no sense that a human had any say in their selection or presentation. They say that listening to radio, alone, at 1am is a nice way to remember there are people, and fellow-feeling, somewhere out in the world. I feel as though The Wedge always had the opposite effect, it made me feel utterly isolated, especially when I turned it on near the end of a long babysitting shift. It had this deeply estranging Omega Man effect.
The new ‘Wedge’ certainly does not do that (I wrote about it’s newly humanized form for The Walrus magazine over the summer), and I think it’s for the better. However, with Halloween approaching, I thought it would be nice to revisit those videos that triggered something deep and unsettling in my teenage self. Some have no aged super well - some have the same potency as ever. Remember to watch these with the lights down!
Honourable Mention - Ladytron - Seventeen
In hindsight, this video is not very creepy, and it’s much better lit than I remember it being. Ladytron was already pretty famous by the time I saw this video, which probably explains that. But at the time, this thing freaked me out like crazy.