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The Top 5 Music Videos Featuring Puppets

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Penetrating all aspects of our lives, it seems that you can’t go a day without being bombarded by puppet propaganda. That being said their influence in music videos has been relatively scarce, with few videos being made which include puppets and fewer being remembered. Flosstradamus’ recent remix of Matt and Kim’s “Yeah Yea” introduced a fantastic puppet, full of excitement and energy, bringing back memories of great videos from the past. After hours and hours of research and intense rumination an all-encompassing list was compiled of the top five music videos featuring puppets.

5.) Supergrass “Pumping On Your Stereo”

Utilizing Jim Henson’s Creature ShopSupergrass turned their ridiculously overplayed single into a a ridiculously overplayed music video. One might think 15 foot puppets to be bizarre, but those who do have most likely never seen director Hammer and Tongs’ previous music video offering: “The Thong Song.”

4.) Lily Allen “Alfie”

A masturbating puppet which is high on drugs and eventually breaks down into a pop-locking freestyle: brilliant.

3.) Genesis “Land of Confusion”

Not only were Spitting Image designers Peter Fluck and Roger Law commissioned with the burdening task of capturing Phil Collins hideously disfigured face but they had the unfortunate assignment of doing so in time with a gaudy Genesis song. It should be mentioned that they succeeded on all levels.

2.) Weezer “Keep Fishing’”

The Muppets have starred in 120 episodes of the legendary Muppet Show, four feature length movies, a spin-off cartoon and countless other high profiled television specials. But with 2002′s video for “Keep Fishin’,” Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang were given their hardest challenge to date: try and make Weezer relevant again.

1.) Mr. Oizo “Flat Beat”

From Wikipedia: “This music video features a puppet violently head banging to the song.” Sometimes it’s kind of fun to just watch a puppet smoke some sausage, blow dry its hair and lose its shit to late-’90s electronica.


39 Comments

    The Bar Feeders’ Wyoming features punk rock puppets:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X13SetnrmUM

  • Thanks for the link – that video is fantastic! Punk puppet vomit…don’t know that I ever thought I’d say those words in that order…

  • #5 is a particular favourite of mine!

  • Dude the Weezer song is “Keep Fishing”. You should add Saves the Day “Freakish” to the list.

  • Weezer’s song is actually called “Keep Fishin’”

  • I’ve had Danny Glover on the mind for weeks…it’s beginning to become cumbersome. :-)

  • what about this one:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=7S5e7yc6T1k

    (i can’t vouche for the quality of the music, but when the monster pops up in synch with the growley vocals it’s pretty awesome/hilarious)

  • I don’t know about that one or the Saves the Day video…but…The Bar Feeders’ video is still the best I’ve seen from the comments.

    In case anyone wants to check out Saves The Day’s “Freakish”: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4L-BZ-M6nvE

  • Fun post. Gotta point you in the direction of Interpol’s truly mind-blowing and disturbing for “Evil,” though. Talk about puppet nightmares…

    See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNtGYdm2rOY.

  • what about btk peppy rock

  • I forgot about that video – used to be a big fan of the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2qEwePLQgI

  • Pop Kulcher – When I first came up with the post a friend immediately corrected me, noting that “Evil” should have been included on the list. Shame on him for not posting a comment…but it is indeed a fantastic video.

  • What about Superchunk’s video for “Package Thief”?

  • there was a white rapper who had puppets doing keg stands and smoking pot, but i can’t remember what his name was for nohing. it was on MTV all the time about ten years ago, i think. THAT video was the best with muppets-puppets ever!!!

  • DJ Maniak: Not bad, reminded me of another video featuring marionettes: ‘Mary Mac’ by Maritime favorites Great Big Sea.

    Mary Mac – http://youtube.com/watch?v=GDtjq0mGVSQ

    Superchunk – http://youtube.com/watch?v=7-9wJB86djQ

    Vic – I have no idea which video you’re talking about but it sounds hilarious!

  • here’s a link to my favorite, starlight mints’ – popsickle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVFq2pFHkoI

  • I really like that one, first time seeing it though. Thanks for sharing!

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  • You need to check out the herman dune puppets for their new video “one two three appletree”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqb6z4kRR-U

  • nice design, impressed

  • Funny selection :)

  • Estuvieron interesantes y fantasticos sus videos que me cautivaron. att: Katlyn Ondina Diaz G. del grado 603 jm
    gracias por su atencion profe…

  • wats the video with the lochness monster puppet

  • Once I watched a video which featured Being John Malkovich-Like full body puppets but I can’t recall the band or the song. Does anyone has a clue?

  • hey! i saw a music video for perhaps ten years ago, where small animals dolls competed against each other in a car race. Does anyone know which video I mean. thanks for the reply

  • The Weezer and Genisis are classics…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lejDAOWowY
    This one has puppets, and a cute chick!

  • @Anders, I searched for this video a long time and found it today, and maybe you searched the same?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxqEWTG1CwE

    • That link doesn’t work, do you remember the name of either song or band?

    im looking for a band, i remember a few of their vidos being animated, one of them had paper and cardboard puppets in it, the curtains opened and closed as the scenes changed, i think i also remember cardboard airplanes and bombs being dropped from them, and they were definately British, can anyone help??

  • i also really like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TwrdfRhhH4

  • Just found this. It’s BRILLIANT….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULXzZXgcCh4

  • I came across this while wanting to see a list of videos that have ever included puppets as I am a massive muppet fan. The Bar Feeders video is now one of the best things I’ve ever seen because I’m also a punk fan.

    Others I could think of were:

    Mastodon – Deathbound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdqz877e6F8

    Green Jelly – the Bear Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgO4lmC-eE&feature=related

    This is something with almost every puppet up until the 90s. Was a charity song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTMvhl0Kyd4

    of course, OK GO featuring the Muppets doing the theme tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiMZa8flyYY

    I knew there was a eminem vid: Ass Like That: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um4-d7VzZiE&feature=related

    and this came to mind
    Capitol K – Pillow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47t9HdGAd7w

  • Came across this music video featuring puppets – Kelsey B – “Boy If You Only Knew” pretty fun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYQTHk4sUpM&feature=g-all

  • I’ve been looking all night for a video that I saw maybe a year ago or so on youtube. It had a puppet that was doing the singing and was dying in the woods or at least was laying in the leaves next to a tree. I can’t remember anything about the song itself right off or I would just search for that… If anyone has an idea let me know.

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