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Videos consisting largely of the band performing their song, either in front of an audience [[DressRehearsalVideo or not]]. Can sometimes overlap with the VideoFullOfFilmClips.

This was the way most music videos were done until Music/{{Duran Duran}} and Music/MichaelJackson hit the scene.

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!!Examples:
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} had several of these, including "Rag Doll", "Love In An Elevator", "The Other Side", "Blind Man", and "What It Takes".
* Music/JasonAldean and Music/KellyClarkson's "Don't You Wanna Stay" has a music video that is literally just footage of them performing the song at the Country Music Association awards.
** Also Kelly's duet with Vince Gill of her song "Don't Rush" at another CMA show.
* Music/DaftPunk - Robot Rock is pretty much their only straight example.
* Music/ArcticMonkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "Teddy Picker", with and without an audience respectively.
* Battles - "Atlas"
* [[Music/TheBeatles The Beatles']]' "Hey Jude" where the audience suddenly appears and surrounds them at the start of the "Na na na na" part and sings along.
* Many of the music videos for TheMonkees, inserted at the end of TV episodes (particularly those shot in the “Rainbow Room”: “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git,” etc.).
* Music/BonJovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name." The second half of "Livin' on a Prayer" is like this.
* All of Music/DavidBowie's clips through 1977; 1983's "Modern Love" is his most famous post-'70s performance vid.
* Music/{{Coldplay}} - "Life In Technicolor II". Essentially a performance video, in front of an audience (and on - there's CrowdSurfing at one point); includes gratuitous Marshall amps, instrument destruction, flashy lights and pretty much everything else you'd expect. Oh, and it's a puppet show.
* [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Chris Cornell]] - "You Know My Name" (theme tune to the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/CasinoRoyale'')
* "Pump It Up" by Music/ElvisCostello. Very simplistic execution.
** Parodied in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2E6r_y_yK8 video]] for Costello's duet with John Hiatt; Elvis shows up late for the show and John has to mime his lines [[PaperThinDisguise while wearing his glasses]].
* A variation was used in the Music/DireStraits song "Money For Nothing", where a pair of CGI deliverymen watch the band's performance and recite the song's lyrics (an envious admiration of rock artists).
* "Down with the Sickness" by Music/{{Disturbed}} consists entirely of concert footage.
** [[TooSoon Because of its (supposed) similarities to 9/11]], "Prayer" was considered for this by the label instead of the expensive video they shot. The band insisted the video's content was required to convey the song's message, and it was ultimately released unedited on the album as a DVD-Audio CD.
* Even though they pioneered the big-budget beautiful location video, Duran Duran still did some performance videos, like "Planet Earth" and "The Reflex".
* Music/{{Europe}} - "The Final Countdown".
* Par for the course with Music/FooFighters videos, though some more than others ("All My Life" might be the best example).
* Glassjaw - "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcK900dGiHM Stars]]''", "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAt4ArQ8Y3U&feature=related Jesus Glue]]''", "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de1yuDkNMj4&feature=related All Good Junkies Go To Heaven]]''", and "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IHPp0HsQSI You Think You're (John Fucking Lennon)]]''". All of them filmed in a one-take [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_95 Dogme 95]] style.
* The vast majority of Music/{{Journey}}'s videos were this. They tried to do stylized choreographed videos for the songs "Separate Ways" and "Chain Reaction", but those [[SoBadItsGood didn't work out so well]].
* The Knack's "My Sharona".
* Many of Music/BlackSabbath's early videos were like this (even somewhat StrictlyFormula, when you look at it): the band performing their songs on a chroma-key backdrop.
* Most of Hall & Oates videos from the 80's, notable examples include "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)", "Private Eyes" and "You Make My Dreams".
* Music/LinkinPark has an interesting take on the concept: The video for "Bleed It Out" has the band performing in front of a reversed BarBrawl.
* Madonna's "Dress You Up" is a rare performance video for her.
* Music/NewOrder - a band best known for [[SurrealMusicVideo surreal music videos in which they don't appear]] - still have two of these, and both of them were coincidentally directed by directors who would later win Oscars. Creator/JonathanDemme directed "The Perfect Kiss", in which the band simply play the song in a small recording studio. [[TheHurtLocker Kathryn Bigelow]] directed "Touched By The Hand Of God", a parody of HairMetal performance videos which features the band dressed as an American metal band.
** "Crystal" ''would'' count as a third example, except for the fact that [[TheInvisibleBand the band aren't actually in it]]: Instead, a group of young actors mime to the song, portraying a FakeBand called The Killers (Later, the ''real'' band Music/TheKillers would name themselves as a ShoutOut to this video).
* "March Of The Pigs" by Music/NineInchNails, which also happens to be a [[TheOner Oner]]
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was one of these, though the audience in question wasn't a concert audience. "In Bloom" is a performance video done as an AffectionateParody of musical performances from ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''.
* Not surprisingly, Music/WeirdAlYankovic did the same thing as Nirvana in his music video for "Smells Like Nirvana", which parodied "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
* Music/{{Outkast}} - "Hey Ya!"
* Music/PearlJam - "Even Flow" and "Alive".
** The video for "Alive" is even set to a different version of the song, in line with the playing live setting.
* A Perfect Circle - "Judith"
* "Here Comes Your Man" by Music/ThePixies is a slight subversion, showing Black Francis and Kim Deal blatantly lip-syncing to the song by just opening their mouths during their respective vocal parts and not moving them. Francis hated lip-syncing. Their videos for "Head On" (a split-screened, live, [[TheOner single take]]) and "Alec Eiffel" (filmed in a wind tunnel with physics equations flashing onscreen) were also performance videos.
* One or two of Priestess' videos.
* Music/{{Rammstein}} - There's "Feuer Frei", which is half this, half VideoFullOfFilmClips, and more recently "Ich tu dir weh".
* Rooster - "Staring at the Sun"
* The Strokes - "Last Nite"
* Music/TaylorSwift's "Change", "Fearless", and "Sparks Fly".
* Music/SystemOfADown - "War?", "Chop Suey!", "Hypnotize". Although "War?" and "Hypnotize" were shot during actual concert performances, "Chop Suey!" had a crowd just for the music video but I think they did put on show for the gathering of fans afterwords.
* Music/VanHalen - "Jump." So simplistic a video for one of the most outlandish rock bands of the 1980's, it usually shows up on almost any kind of "Greatest Music Videos of All Time" lists in the media.
* Music/{{Weezer}} - "Buddy Holly"
* A number of Wolfmother videos.
* Music/YeahYeahYeahs - most of them.
* Christian Kane's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg9v6paopc The House Rules]] has Christian check out the bar, go backstage, and when he comes back up ten seconds later, the concert's in full swing. Without missing a beat, he joins in and it becomes this.
* The Black Mages' video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQR0iYkl8zY Neo-Exdeath]]. Also a bit of a {{MindScrew}} in that it flips back and forth between the band performing in normal clothes in a well-lit studio room to wearing [[RobeAndWizardHat robes and wizard hats]] in a dark, fog-filled room lit only with small spotlights. The full version of this video on the ''Darkness & Starlight'' DVD has more footage of them performing in wizard garb, and in longer stretches instead of just a few frames at a time.
* Little Jackie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=129pN3dobGM The World Should Revolve around Me]]
* Music/TheVeronicas ''Revolution'' is 100% a part of their Revolution tour.
* Music/DeltaGoodrem's has done this twice, once with ''Be Strong'' which was also a Behind the scenes video and ''Predictable'' which was her Live @ VHQ performance played straight.
* "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse" by TheBlackDahliaMurder is this intercut with clips of the band members goofing off.
* The Music/{{Melvins}} have a few videos that were essentially odd twists on this: in "Lizzy", the band is playing on what looks to be a stage for children's plays, while the audience bounce one of it's members around on a rubber net, break open a clown pinata, and eventually demolish the stage the band is still playing on. In "Honey Bucket", they're playing in a barn to an audience of sheep. In "Revolve" they're playing at a honky-tonk, and are separated from their unruly audience by chicken wire... And there are also shots where Buzz Osborne is lip-syncing in a studio setting while holding his own severed head in his hand.
* Music/{{Seal}}'s "Kiss From a Rose", the AwardBaitSong from ''Film/BatmanForever''. It features Seal performing the song in front of the Bat-signal, spliced with clips from the film.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUuVLbiTH-4 That's All]] by Don Juan y Los Blancos is this, with the singers using bananas as microphones. The only audience is a cardboard shark, but he seems to be digging it.
* Music/DriftlessPonyClub likes to play with this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xLSkpF_E8c In 'Legend of Archery"]] we see them play very briefly at the beginning, and then Craig on guitar [[ItMakesSenseInContext while using it as a sword to fight the ninja bassist.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zZzYg2q9YY The music video for "Inspectors of Inspectors"]] has the band miming playing the song on cardboard instruments, but then sailor!DPC actually does play.
* Sleater-Kinney's "You're No Rock And Roll Fun" is a pretty straight version: The majority of the video is the band playing in a white room, with some variations such as cutting to footage of band members on their own over different backgrounds. There's a couple of bits that deliberately reveal that they're on a soundstage - during Carrie Brownstein's solo the camera rotates around her, at one point clearly showing the crew looking on in front of her, and at the end of the video it's revealed that a crew member was kneeling beside her and rotating a platform she was standing on to help achieve that same effect.
* ZZ Top's "Stages" is footage of the band performing live, being shown on a CGI satellite.
* Screaming Trees' "Nearly Lost You" has the band playing at an empty race track, coupled with artistic footage of construction sites and the like. Also notable for averting VideoFullOfFilmClips - you wouldn't know the video had any connection to the film ''Singles'' were it not for a brief shot of someone tacking a poster promoting the soundtrack to a wall.
* Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark".
* "Men's Needs" by the Cribs has the band performing while [[FanService a naked woman]] wanders around the set and occasionally tries to interfere with them. As per the theme of the song, they pay absolutely no attention to her.
* Many Music/{{Slipknot}} videos use this format, be it either the videos occasionally cutting to shots of the band performing in a context-sensitive environment, the entire video being the band performing in a context-sensitive environment, or just straight-up concert videos.
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