Disturbing Music Videos


Some music videos stand out because they are monumental on their own merit such as Michael Jackson's Thriller; which made a massive impact on December 2, 1983 because it was 13 minutes long and the budget was $1,000,000.

But some music videos make an impact because they are purely disturbing; whether graphically or on a more subconscious level. This 'top ten' list is by no means the definitive list of weird music videos; but it does highlight the very genre of disturbing music videos. Some may say that some are even tasteless.

10. South Central - Day I Die

The video, directed by Steve Glashier, sees the duo known as South Central walking through a parking lot. As they walk through, like some weird version of grim reapers, people all around them are being shot. The video is shown through the eyes of a sniper shooting the people, actually it is shown through the crosshairs of the scope of the sniper.

Blood Factor: 7/10

09. Twizted - Hahahahahaha

Twiztid, the duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, part of the juggalo family have never shied away from the dark side of hip-hop; and a few of their videos could have made the list. Hahahahahaha opens with Monoxide dressing ready to go preach the good word. But once people let him in their house he kills them. Then it goes to Madrox  who is killing people who turn up at his house. At the end Monoxide knocks at Madrox's door and that is where the video ends. The actual track comes from the 2009 album W.I.C.K.E.D. (Wish I Could Kill Every Day)

Blood Factor: 9/10

08. Metallica - One

The obligatory heavy metal band shots spliced with scenes from the 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun". Not that scary on the surface of it all; but the story beneath is. The song's theme and lyrics are based on Dalton Trumbo's 1939 novel Johnny Got His Gun, telling the tale of a soldier whose body is severely damaged by a mortar shell. His arms, legs, eyes, mouth, nose and ears are gone and he is unable to see, speak, smell, or hear. His mind functions perfectly, however, leaving him trapped inside his own body.

Blood Factor: 1/10

07. Insane Clown Posse - The Tower

Insane Clown Posse, also known as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, part of the juggalo family released The Tower in 2007. The video sees Violent J, as an ex war veteran climb a tower of a building and start shooting at people with a sniper rifle. Shaggy 2 Dope also appears in the video as part of the SWAT team that go up the tower.  The video itself is ICP with certain sections from the infamous 1966 'tower massacre' in Austin, Texas by Charles Whitman.

Blood Factor: 4/10

06. Mushroomhead - Sun Doesn't Rise

I don't know where to start. A living scarecrow is torn to pieces and then some little girl puts him back together; and he goes for revenge by killing the crows. No blood in it at all but weird as hell.

Blood Factor: 0/10

05. Boondox - Inbred Evil

Yet another juggalo. Thinking the label "Psychopathic" might be a give away that they'd end up on these lists. In the music video 3 friends, in a car, run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Boondox, as a serial killer, then kills all three with flashbacks to the serial killer's past showing how he got to that point in time; including killing his parents.

Blood Factor: 9/10

04. Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

Robbie Williams, from the boy band Take That, went on to have a successful career as a solo artist. In the Summer of 2000 Robbie released Rock DJ as a single; from the album Sing When You're Winning. The music video, directed by Vaughan Arnell, was surrounded by controversy because of its explicit content. The video begins with Williams dancing on a roller disco with girls skating around him. He wants to get the attention of the female DJ (played by Lauren Gold) standing above the stage, so he begins stripping off his clothes. After this does not get her attention, he starts stripping his skin, muscles and organs, too, until the only thing that is left from him are his bones. In the end, he achieves the DJ's attention and dances with her as a skeleton.

Blood Factor: 5/10

03. Unkle - Rabbit In Your Headlights

Unkle, a British electronic duo, released this track in 1998. The video went on to win many awards; including MVPA's Best International Video of the Year in 2006. It stars Denis Lavant as a man wearing a heavy parka and walking along the middle of the road in a busy car tunnel. He appears to be out of his mind, mumbling and shouting incoherences, only occasionally including intelligible words such as "Cristo" and "shimmer!" Some of the cars honk at him and swerve out of his way. All of a sudden a car hits him from the side, and he is left on the ground. The car continues its course without stopping or slowing down. After a while, the man stands up and starts walking again as if nothing had happened. Then another car hits him; this time the hit occurs straight on and sends him flying a couple of feet. A passing motorist watches with contempt as the man rolls in the street. The man gets up again. A car swerves by and slows down alongside the man. The driver and passengers try to talk to him, asking where is he going. The man pays no attention and continues walking and talking to himself. The driver soon tires of this and drives away while one of the passengers calls out, "Nice coat!" Another car hits the man, and he gets up almost instantly. The madness which this man is apparently suffering from gets more acute as he grabs his face and moves erratically. More accidents occur, some cars honk, some cars swerve out of the way — but none stop. The man removes his parka and throws it on the ground. He is shirtless underneath, and we see his chest covered with bruises and cuts. Then, as the song's beat stops, leaving just a piano playing, the man stops as well. He smiles and opens his arms in a crucifix-like position. A car is coming his way and makes no intention of stopping. The car hits the man, but this time he stands unmoved, and the car destroys itself on impact.

Blood Factor: 1/10

02. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up

Smack My Bitch Up was the thirteenth single released by The Prodigy in 1997. The song was highly controversial because its lyrics, title and music video were believed to promote violence against women. The lyrics "Change my pitch up / Smack my bitch up" are repeated through the whole song. The video, directed by Swede Jonas Ã…kerlund, was as controversial and popular as the song itself. The film depicts a night out in the city filmed from a first-person perspective, portraying drinking and driving, snorting cocaine, violence, vandalism, nudity and sex. The unedited version also includes a scene of heroin use and a hit and run incident. The protagonist takes a stripper (played by model Teresa May) home and has sex with her. As the stripper leaves with her stuff, the protagonist glances in the mirror, is revealed to be a woman, and passes out on the bed.

Blood Factor: 1/10

01. Dawn Of Ashes - Torture Device

Dawn of Ashes is an American melodic black metal band with horror based lyrical themes. The video starts off with the band covered in blood and some guy on an operating table. Why? I just don't know but I'm guessing the title of "Torture Device" plays a part. Think of Saw meets Hostel and you have the whole basis of the video.

Blood Factor: 10/10

Like I said this list is by no means the definitive list of weird/strange/disturbing music videos; and I'm sure others will have opinions on what should have been on the list.


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