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OK Go and their Music Videos

Updated on November 29, 2012

Why OK Go?

OK Go is one of my favorite bands for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they consistently produce original and awesome music. Beyond that, they are well known for making really creative music videos and, in general, being totally awesome. On a side note, they have been big advocates for net neutrality and freedom of information, which makes them a really awesome band (to stream).

This lens hi lights some of their music videos, especially those that are creative and original.

-Guest written by Free Parking with ChemKnits.

OK Go - C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips - On Chica-go-go

OK Go performed a song off of their first self titled album. This was on the album before A Million Ways, so this video was not very mainstream (although they did perform this dance in concert). This is a song that the bassist, Tim, sings, so he is the one singing in the dance. My guess is that they got attached to that and that is why he is the one who is singing in Million Ways and Do What You Want.

Note from ChemKnits: This is the first time I saw this video. Look how young they look!

A Million Ways - Backyard Dancing

This video was the beginning of OK Go's single take, highly choreographed music videos. I can't imagine how many times it took them to get this right. This song is off of their second album (Oh No).

Before this video, OK Go was a serious music act backed by a major label. This video propelled them to the national scene.

Here it Goes Again - The Treatmills

And then there were the treadmills. This video became an internet sensation that launched OK Go to the video music awards where they preformed it live. Fun fact, it was choreographed by Damian's (lead singer) sister, a ballet dancer. This was also on the album Oh No.

It is worth noting that at this point they have replaced their lead guitarist/keyboardist, Dave, with another guy named Dave.

Here it Goes Again - Live at the VMA's

OK Go Videos that cannot be embeded

The reason OK Go left their label.

At least four of OK Go's music videos cannot be embedded due to copyright issues. This happens to be why OK Go left their label and are produced by Damian's dogs (for real. This is not a joke).

To see some of their other great videos off of the album Oh No check out the following:

Don't Ask Me

Invincible

Get Over It

Do What You Want (Wallpaper Version)

Do What You Want (Party Version)

This to Shall Pass (Marching Band Version)

OK Go recorded this song in anticipation of their third album. They filmed it with the Notre Dame marching band and the music you hear during the video was recorded during the filming.

This to Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine Version)

This video was designed by OK Go and engineers from NASA and the Jet propulsion laboratory. They weren't kidding around. So much stuff went wrong in this giant sequence of events that they combined two takes to complete the video. (But seriously, it is so kick ass that you can forgive them for this.)

WTF?

This is OK Go's "psychadiculous" video for their song WTF?. Watch the commentary in the next video to hear about how they created it. Oh the glitter.

Behind the Scenes of WTF?

End Love

Continuing OK Go's tradition for single take videos, End Love raised the bar. This was filmed continuously overnight and sped up different amounts in different places.

Watch for the goose.

White Knuckles

OK Go worked with a bunch of really well trained, mostly rescue dogs (and one goat) to make a video for their song White Knuckles. Watch for the Golden Retriever and the well tamed high five, and later barking on the beat (which apparently was luck).

Last Leaf

OK Go used ~2600 pieces of toast to make their most recent music video. A cool note about this song is that it was recorded outside, listen for the crickets.

Which is your favorite video?

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      goldleader23 4 years ago

      My favorite video is "Here it Goes Again," followed by the Rube Goldberg version of "This Too Shall Pass." I also like their music.

      This lens is featured on my new music lensography!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      So hard to choose... I guess I'd say the dog video, though. The doggies are too cute. :-)

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @bigjoe2121: I think my personal favorite is the dogs one, but mainly because the breed that I want is featured in it :)

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      I love the treadmill one - that video is art.

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      LawrenceTekk 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

      I like how unique and creative each their MTVs are.

      Alot of effort they must have put in to create them.