“Is that Harry Potter?”

I’ve recently got in to Slow Club and have listened to pretty much nothing but this Sheffield duo for the past week. When my iPod decided to die on me, to take my addiction even further; I took to YouTube to watch some live performances. From there, I stumbled across the music video for their brilliant track Beginners. Turns out Harry Potter is in it. Or Daniel Radcliffe as I’m sure he’d prefer to be known! This lead me to a bit of thinking about some of my favourite music videos to feature “famous” people and being the gentleman that I am, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. It’s like a Sunday Soundtrack but on a Saturday… (don’t worry, you’ll still be finding Sunday Soundtrack on here tomorrow!) Enjoy!

Slow Club / BeginnersDR
Featuring Daniel Radcliffe acting drunk whilst lip-syncing, it’s the track and location that makes it for me. Filmed in The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London…I can’t wait to go there for a few beers in May when I go to see Arctic Monkeys.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs / SacrilegeLily Cole
Featuring model, Lily Cole; this is  a brilliant video. I don’t really know what’s going on other than Lily Cole being in a small amount of clothing most the time and just being…promiscuous but it works!

Vampire Weekend / Giving Up The Gunjake
First of all; what a tune! This track was the second single to be taken from second album; Contra. It’s a personal favourite of mine from all of Vampire Weekend’s discography. The video features Jake Gyllenhaal showing that he doesn’t always take himself as seriously as it first appears. It also features RZA of Wu-Tang Clan. Oh, and Joe Jonas from Jonas Brothers but nobody cares about him. Do they?

Mumford & Sons / Hopeless WandererScreen Shot 2013-12-07 at 14.29.09
Upon the release of their second album, I instantly wanted this to become a single. It did. And with it, came this excellent music video which is a parody of the band themselves. I love that they can take the word’s of their harshest critic’s and twist it in to this video and absolutely rip themselves. Well done guys. The comedy gold is provided by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Will Forte.

The Maccabees / No Kind WordsMH
This list wouldn’t be a list by me if I didn’t at least mention The Maccabees! Now, this video doesn’t include Hollywood A-listers like some of the others but I don’t care. It has famous people in it and I don’t need an excuse to attempt to push The Maccabees on to more people. The video features Mat Horne (Gavin & Stacey, friend of the band) and Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans, Horrible Histories) having some sort of in-depth discussion/disagreement about something. The video could be a black screen for all I care. Just enjoy the track!

Tired Pony / Dead American WritersGilgun
I’ve never heard any of my friends mention Tired Pony or anyone in passing actually. Tired Pony is Gary Lightbody’s other project. When not creating new music with Snow Patrol; this is what he does. I like Snow Patrol but I prefer Tired Pony. The song’s are just more my kind of thing. This video taken from their debut single features Joseph Gilgun who most will recognise from This is England and Misfits. I highly recommend you listen to further tracks from this band.

LCD Soundsystem / New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me DownKermit
Featuring the most famous frog around, this is a beautiful song. Whether you’re a music fan or a puppet fan, this track has something for everyone.

Offspring / She’s Got IssuesZD
Back to my childhood now in the shape of Offspring. Not many people realise that their current favourite “new girl” actually stars in this video. Zooey Deschanel has definitely come a long way. She looks a lot different here but…you still would.

Words by Robert Smith. (@robertmsmith)


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