A new week is here, and with it comes the return of Music Monday (formerly known as Le lundi musique pre-anglicisation)…
Today I bring you a selection of videos whose artists are a bit two-dimensional. Literally. I speak, of course, of music created by virtual bands, groups comprised of animated characters, and whose origins are either self-contained within the confines of a project or from television.
Make the jump to see this week’s playlist, my friends.
Shallow Gravy – “Jacket”: A power trio comprised of Hank Venture on bass, vocalist Dermott Fictel and H.E.L.P.eR. handling all electronics, Shallow Gravy made their debut during The Venture Bros. fourth season finale “Operation: P.R.O.M.” The song itself is remarkable for Hank’s melodic style and for name-checking almost every style of jacket one could wear.
Dethklok – “Go Forth & Die”: From melodic bass riffs to melodic death metal, Dethklok’s Nathan Explosion gives the world the most brutal (and today, realistic) commencement speech, which is then followed by the band discussing why bassist William Murderface has to pee offstage when there are many ways to do it during the show.
Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc (feat. De La Soul)”: The brainchild of Blur’s Damon Albarn and Tank Girl’s Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz take dead aim at the cultural wasteland before them. This one from their 2005 album Demon Days has singer 2D waking up from a cultural coma, fighting to wake the rest while De La Soul fights him into accepting the world created for 2D et al.
Prozzäk – “Sucks to Be You”: The late 1990s alt-pop duo Prozzäk wrote and performed songs related to the duo–guitarist Milo and singer Simon–and their search for their true love through music. As the video above shows, that search could take a while.
Jem and the Holograms + The Misfits – “Bad Influence”: Finally, in honour of the 1980s cartoon finally being released in a DVD box set earlier this month, Jem and the Holograms, alongside their protagonists in The Misfits, combine forces for a synthpop intervention between Kimber (red head, Holograms) and Stormer (blue hair, Misfits), both of whom would have a friend in Dethklok’s Toki Wartooth, all three being the “cutesy, sweet and slightly naïve” ones of their respective groups.