Five Radical Music Videos from the Early to Mid-Aughts – Number One: TV on the Radio’s Staring at the Sun
TV on the Radio is one of the most representational bands of the early aughts.
Often dubbed art rock, the Brooklyn-based band incorporates a mélange of genres including rock, hip hop, gospel, and blues. More than anything, TV on the Radio's spirituality shines through their music, as evidenced in the breakthrough single, Staring at the Sun.
The song’s distorted, heavy bass line entices while lead singer Tunde Adebimpe’s hypnotic vocals are looped together in a clean quality that is dizzyingly perfect.
Staring at the Sun encompasses a frenetic, spiritual style that is flawlessly captured in the band’s minimalistic music video, directed by Elliot Jokelson. The video captures each band member in a haze of neon light. The hypnotic quality showcases TV on the Radio’s engaging live performance, which is often so esoteric that it could be considered religious. TV on the Radio is - quite simply - profound.
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