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* A whole type of music falls squarely in the Uncanny Valley by virtue of how dissonant and creepy it can be: the OminousMusicBoxTune.
* The music video for ''Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy'' by Big & Rich features a creepy-looking Asian "mannequin" that ISN'T a mannequin. Just...the eyes...
** The "mannequin" is actually singer [[http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/darling_sarah/bio.jhtml Sarah Darling]]. (She also isn't Asian.)
* ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jcU3avQjWyc/Td2ZVAy30bI/AAAAAAAABi4/XWDtEM5r-kw/s1600/Queen+-+News+of+the+World.JPG News of the World]]'' by {{Queen}}, based on the cover of Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953), features a disturbing childlike giant robot [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength holding bloodied, dead members of the band in his hand]].
** This was terrifying for Seth [=MacFarlane=] from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', since the B-plot of one of the episodes revolved around Brian manipulating Stewie's fear of the cover.
* Almost every video by Music/DaftPunk takes the Uncanny Valley. The major exception is the videos from ''Discovery'', which are clips from ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}'', animated with love by LeijiMatsumoto and ToeiAnimation.
** Of particular note is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPplpBPQxQ&feature=channel weird robot baby thing from the Technologic video.]] It's the teeth behind those wireframe lips.
* Cradle of Filth takes this [[UpToEleven up to 11]] with their video for [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25sj6_cradle-of-filth-from-the-cradle-to_music "From Cradle to Enslave." Danger, NSFW.]]
* [=RoboLou=] Reed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMIgZmmO1c4 "No Money Down"]]. [[spoiler: Pulling off the flesh ''almost'' reduces the effect.]]
* The music video for Basement Jaxx's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiHefsYBnnE "Where's Your Head At"]] stars a bunch of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys adorable monkeys]]... with the band member's faces. The faces just look ''wrong''.
** Not to mention the singing baboon... or the mutated dog.
* Audio example: Adriano Celentano's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BqNcXz-tsc Prisencolinensinainciusol]], a standard 70s funk song written by an Italian artist to sound like English. The thing is, to a native English speaker, it can be pretty disturbing, because it keeps ''almost'' sounding like English and then failing.
* The music video for Serj Tankian's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQb6il94_I Empty Walls]]" features the lead singer parading around a CircusOfFear with a bizarre, sociopathic look on his face, while various small children play happily... or, as some people have interpreted it, re-enact the War on Terror.
* Intentionally used in the music video for "Black Hole Sun" by Music/{{Soundgarden}}, which features an eerie "off" suburb populated by clearly insane grinning people. It's actually a relief when they all get sucked into the sky. One magazine actually called it the best horror movie of the year!
* The band member costumes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bl1Wigr4lU the music video]] for Wyona's Big Brown Beaver by Music/{{Primus}}. They were so cumbersome that they had to mime the song at half its original speed to get the performance down correctly.
* PuffyAmiYumi's video for "Hataraku Otoko" (the theme song of ''HatarakiMan''). We get close ups of lips and backs of heads, but TheReveal comes in at 1:10 and scares you half to death. You can go [[http://www.puffyamiyumiworld.com/songs/hatarkuotoko.html here]] to see some pictures from the video.
** Even before then, you can just tell there's something...wrong with how the backs of their heads look.
* Just about any {{Vocaloid}} song that doesn't have to do with happiness and ice cream involves a mix of this trope with MindScrew (see ''Wide Knowledge of Late, Madness''; ''Alice Human Sacrifice''; and ''Dark Woods Circus'' for more details).
** As if that wasn't enough, they made Hatsune Miku, the most popular Vocaloid, into a real-life realistic robot that doesn't even look like her (it's on the web somewhere). This is just ''overkill''.
*** You wouldn't happen to be referring to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FATP0hLt1g this thing]], would you?
**** That too, but it's beaten by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlVHwzliC_s this one]].
*** And then there's [[http://www.waukster.com/hatsune-miku-the-japanese-hologram-pop-star her live hologram concert]].
** {{Vocaloid}} songs in general, regardless of the content, are ''just'' robotic and twangy enough to fall into the Uncanny Valley. For some songs, the voice sounds perfectly human (or close enough to be out of the valley), but then there is just that one note where the creator didn't ''quite'' tune the voice right...
** A special mention should be given to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2RFcrreoE8 Circle You, Circle You/Kagome Kagome (the Miku & Luka version).]] The images in the video are disturbing in and of themselves, but certain ways Miku and Luka's voice match up falls right into this trope.
** Miku herself (despite being real now) is also featured in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRd7gOfIS-0&annotation_id=annotation_128625&feature=iv this]] video, Machine Muzik. Watch and know the truth about Vocaloid...
** Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDTro0IMQpw the trailer]] for ''Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2''. Realistically-moving characters with anime faces, rubber skin, and plastic hair are extremely unsettling.
** [[http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/File:Vocaloid_kaito.jpeg KAITO's box art]] might be the closest to UncannyValley if compared to the others', most noticeably his eyes and [[NoodlePeople torso]].
*** To summarise, Vocaloids as an entity are polarisnig to the public, and as shown in things like 'Kids react to Hatsune Miku', this is primarily because they have trouble getting over the logic of something that is ''not human'' not only being the face of a performance, but being the principal reason people went to the concert in the first place. It doesn't help that Vocaloid voices are still very robotic and Auto-tuned, stopping them being human and dropping them into the valley for those who do not like or see the point of them. Plus the fear of a robot uprising, but that's a whole other kettle of fish ...
* The faces and almost anything on Music/AphexTwin's [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs music videos]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 Just]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Az_7U0-cK0 watch]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tatccHVfuhA for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3far9oHZOsI yourself]].
** Had an uncomfortable moment recently when someone showed me the original source photo for the [[http://crocmusic.com/images/albums_large/166/aphex_twin_windowlicker.jpg windowlicker cover]]. [[http://darksatanicmills.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/aphex-twin-windowlicker-original-model.jpg She's an undeniably attractive lady]], but having seen the album cover so many time the ''real version'' looked like UncannyValley.
* The masks in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhC48yyMic0 this]] SoundHorizon video. At least the witch is supposed to be scary; Lafrenze (the girl) is supposed to be beautiful, though, not ''incredibly fucking creepy''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfqN0wupduI Face Dances part 2]], by Pete Townshend. Good song, weird video. Almost as weird as the singer's nose.
* And who could forget {{Music/Kraftwerk}}? They were defined by this trope!
** Case in point: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXa9tXcMhXQ "The Robots"]]. German version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHEoMpMvz7A here]].
** It's actually pretty impressive their ability to stand that still during a performance.
** There's a story in Karl Bartos' memoir about the band being pulled over by a cop once while on tour, and the cop nearly having a heart attack when he opened the back of the truck and found the robotic dummy versions of the band members that were used in concerts, thinking they were corpses.
* In the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjecYugTbIQ "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear]], the band members' facial features and movements are digitally altered just enough to give them the deliberate appearance of singing automatons. Their unnaturally shiny skin, large eyes, and un-synchronized blinking are unnerving enough, but eventually [[spoiler: light starts pouring out of their mouths and sparks fly out of the backs of their heads]].
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiKj0Z_Xnjc Papaoutai]] (a phonetic rendering of "Papa, où t'es?" or "Daddy, where are you?" in French) by Rwandan/Belgian singer Stromae is based on his real-life experience of having lost his father in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, [[LyricalDissonance although it is obscured by a catchy EDM beat]]. In the video, a young boy representing Stromae runs around his neighborhood looking for his father, but all he finds is a StepfordSmiler DemonicDummy. That's creepy enough, but it becomes even creepier when one realizes that the "dummy" is ''actually Stromae himself'' wearing makeup that makes him look eerily like an [[DoctorWho Auton]]. Hard to tell whether this is more NightmareFuel or TearJerker.
** Taken Main/UpToEleven in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3p43-Pxd6k video.]]
* The video for the latest Flo Rida/Music/NellyFurtado cash in on that film {{G-Force}}. Even though the computer generated Furtado has obviously been animated using motion-capture, you can't help be creeped out by her movements. Plus the real-life Flo Rida himself has some kind of visual effect on him that makes his skin look plasticy and strange.
* Any music video made by Music/{{Tool}} would qualify as Uncanny Valley-esque, due to the weird CGI and puppets they use in their videos.
* The ConceptVideo for Music/{{Weezer}}'s "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" features an entire small town made up of Weezer members. Mostly this just means the members of the band dressed up in different costumes, but there are four children with the heads of the band members pasted onto them. While the effect is more natural looking than the similar Music/AphexTwin and ''The Love Guru'' examples, they're still at least a little unnerving.
* The album cover for Hybrid's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5a/Hybrid_wide_angle.jpg Wide Angle]] has this in spades. The back is color inverted, which makes it worse.
* 2D of Music/{{Gorillaz}} is described in-universe as a {{Bishonen}} type, but he's decidedly creepy. His arms and legs are just slightly too long for his movements to look natural. According to the backstory he has eight-ball fractures in both eyes, rendering them totally black, but if you don't know this it looks like he has no eyes at all, and his name doesn't help - he was nicknamed 2D, short for "Two Dents", after he suffered the two car accidents which [[EyeScream wrecked his eyes]]. Add to this his missing two front teeth, and his smile is pure horror, made worse by the fact that he ''is'' still [[FetishFuel kinda cute]]. It's particularly noticeable in the videos for "Feel Good Inc" and "Dirty Harry".
** Underscored in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9vAOzYz-Qs&feature=channel Stylo]]. 3D Murdoc, 2D and malfunctioning cyborg Noodle are creepy as hell. Then again, Cyborg Noodle is creepy under the best of circumstances.
*** Don't forget the Boogie Man. The way he nearly glides over the earth to get to the cop....brrrr.
** The Superfast Jellyfish's unchanging smiles and balloon-like movements, even after being microwaved, are [[LetsMeetTheMeat weirdly frightening]]. The side-to-side flopping motion is somehow reminiscent of a hanging victim, and the crazily-smiling guy eating them in the video really does not help.
** Cyborg Noodle just became even more frightening. The Uncanny Valley has ensured us that this monster will never leave our heads. Why? It's Murdoc's fault. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81lAa3kqgCc&feature=channel This is completely Nightmare Fuel for unattached face and creepy as fuck smile.]] DO NOT WATCH IN THE DARK. And as of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9thjgHGS38k Melancholy Hill]], the Superfast Jellyfish are no longer emotionless jelly bags, and express fear as they rather quickly get sucked up into the jets of the Gorillaz submarine. Even that though has it's own creep factor.
* The "Supermassive Black Hole" music video for the band {{Music/Muse}}, has people with digitally projected faces. You can just imagine...
** Also on the subject of Muse, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmwRQqJsegw Feeling Good]] may be even worse.
** The video for "Plug in Baby" falls under it in certain parts. Hint: Watch the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbB-mICjkQM&ob=av3e ladies]] particularly near the end...
* Certain settings of {{Autotune}} can have this effect.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8GQ91M4pmk This music video]] by Butterfly for the Taiwanese online game ''Fairyland 2'' does an unsettling method in deforming their live action members to the game's scenes. Just the RogerRabbitEffect in reverse plus the creepy deformations in conjunction with the game's cartoony characters and mediocre CG effects.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVV4h38wnMI There's this video]] from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiggles The Wiggles]]'', an Australian children's musical group. Those puppets are incredibly unsettling, specially with those dead, crystalline eyes.
* The three Christina Aguileras from the Candyman music video, anyone? It's only really when they're all side by side, because they all look so animated, since they're supposed to be tributes to hand-drawn pinups, obviously, so what we essentially have is three identical three-dimensional ink people.
** Although they created the triplet effect by [[RealityIsUnrealistic filming Christina Aguilera]] three times from the same angles and compositing the shots together. The Uncanny Valley effect might be due to the fact that you don't expect three different people, triplets or not, to look ''exactly'' the same except for hair color, along with the fact that they could obviously only pretend to interact with each other.
* The cover art of the {{Eels}}' ''[[http://nobrasil.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/0817.jpg Beautiful Freak]]'' album.
* The scary puppet in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_OcR0fbf6g Interpol's song "Evil"]] is a weird example. It's very, very puppety. It almost looks like a muppet, and it moves its hands like they're on strings. But there's no visible strings and the thing's got a very expressive face, enough that you still get this effect. And apart from that its teeth are all identical, they're very realistic and humanlike. Plus, it's depicted bleeding and being treated in a hospital, which creates a creepily lifelike effect.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oepXF2B5NK4 Genesis' Land of Confusion]] is this.
* Music/LaurieAnderson loves this trope. It's probably most notable in her video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeJwEB-qjrM Sharkey's Day]]," in which she wears an eerie ChromaKey mask with fake white eyes and articulated lips that move as she sings. Also, any time she uses the "Big Voice" (her own voice electronically treated to sound male).
* The robots in HerbieHancock's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERrVMbsCfg Rockit" video]].
* The extensive use of cheap halloween masks in Music/{{Devo}}'s early ouevre apply, notably Booji Boy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwVxXgGTbUE This]] video features the guys wearing shiny translucent masks that, combined with their performances style, make them look like mannequins that have come ''mostly'' to life.
* The popularity of a certain “surrealistic realism” can elicit this response from certain Italian progressive rock album covers of the early 70s. Most notable candidates: ''[[http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nuova_idea/clowns/ Clowns]]'' by Nuova Idea and ''[[http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/semiramis/dedicato_a_frazz/ Dedicato a Frazz]]'' by Semiramis (and its [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OSHxdIibNgQ/S-MRJ9cYz1I/AAAAAAAAB8w/ps04Z9hVP0g/s1600/Semiramis_-_Dedicato_A_Frazz-%5BInside%5D-%5Bwww%5B1%5D_FreeCovers_net%5D.jpg detailed inner gatefold]]) are the most prominent examples.
* DanielAmos' album ''Doppelgänger'' features photos of a department-store mannequin in the liner notes. In some of the pictures, he's wearing an eerily-realistic mask, then removes it to show that the too-human eyes are his.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m48GqaOz90 music video]] for the BlackEyedPeas' "Boom Boom Pow."
* Any of ''LadyGaga's'' videos.
** ESPECIALLY "BadRomance" and "Alejandro", in which she uses computer effects to enlarge and shrink her eyes. It's really unsettling to see her with [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/4/9/36249.jpg these huge bug eyes]] in one video, and these squinted tiny ones in another.
* Enter Shikari's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAVne8dOzEA video]] for ''Thumper'' is a mix of a "regular" (albeit DeliberatelyMonochrome) PerformanceVideo and an exaggerated cartoon version of the band performing. It's... deeply unsettling to say the least.
* Purposely invoked via makeup and image manipulation with the photos of the various characters in the liner notes for DavidBowie's RockOpera ''1. Outside'', as well as on the album itself with their spoken-word "segues" between songs, which are digitally tweaked to vary the voices further. It doesn't take long to realize Bowie is playing all of them, including the women; the low point of the valley here is Baby Grace Blue, the 14-year-old girl whose murder kicks off the story.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Sd5c4o9UM The music video for E.T. by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West.]] When they show close-ups of her face with the obvious CGI and makeup, it's CREEPY AS HELL! That scary albino alien dude also sends some chills. But the icing on the cake is when Katy removes her robe/dress at the end and inexplicably reveals that she has a FAUN BODY! It was frightening to see those thin hoofed legs. Who ever expected THAT?
* The puppet-people in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHhVSJUvGwo Falls Apart]] by Thousand Foot Krutch. This troper wasn't expecting anything of the sort the first time she started the video, and was thusly scared of it for a month or so.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic intentionally creates this effect for his "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss_BmTGv43M Perform This Way]]" video, a parody of LadyGaga's "Born This Way". The video has a female dancer wearing a bunch of outlandish outfits, with Al's face digitally superimposed over hers. Not only is it obviously fake in and of itself, but it's also disturbingly out of sync in some places.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_os8HqfxHc&feature=player_embedded#at=164 This Japanese music video]].
* Does It Offend You, Yeah's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfX48mciYis Weird Science music video]].
* Steven Wilson of {{Music/Porcupine Tree}} is in love with this trope, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UoKIiw-p2g the video for his song Index]], from his latest solo album ''Grace For Drowning,'' proves it most of all. It IS the trope! Steven himself even seems to look like he's one of the mannequins surrounding him, given how unnaturally still he's sitting as he sings. The death-march-like beat and sadistic lyrics only add to the Nightmare Fuel..
* {{Bjork}}'s strange angular motions in her music videos.
* Mindless Self Indulgence's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0AX81gv5aM Shut Me Up video]]. Everything in the video is just a bit off, and the guy's movements are so exaggerated and such that it's like watching a cartoon with realistic people.
* {{Epica}} embraced this trope like it's own for "Requiem For The Indifferent"
* The music video of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 Carnival of Rust]]
* David Guetta's new single, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVw7eJ0vGfM Turn Me On]]. It contains the trifecta of UncannyValley nightmares, including half formed, yet still animated, robots, (a la [[AIArtificialIntelligence AI]]) a terrifying amount of fake-looking [[ConspicuousCGI CGI]], and truly abominable [[UncannyValleyMakeup doll-faced humans]]. Most likely one of the most terrifying music videos in existence.
* {{Sparklehorse}}, in both the albums' artwork and the songs themselves, which often have a decaying, rummage sale-like quality that's very off, as if Linkous himself is a faulty clockwork puppet.
* The video for Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' song "Ava Adore" feature Billy Corgan in that creepy black mu-mu of his moving around in unsettling, jerky motions throughout.
* Coachella 2012 gave us a holographic version of TupacShakur that [[http://youtu.be/l9yFYmboERs joined Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg onstage]] to perform a couple of his songs. The realness of the projection made it ''beyond'' creepy.
* Linkin Park's music video for "Points of Authority" has stunning CGI of an apparent war between aliens and robots commanded by disembodied human heads. All of this is rendered in a quasi-realistic style... up until the close up shot of one of the aforementioned heads' face (the lead singer). Beautifully-textured skin... ''flat, unshaded cartoon eyes reminiscent of TheSims''. The rest of the video is difficult to enjoy.
* The "mile-wide-grin" from {{Warrant}}'s video for "Cherry Pie".
* The cover of Music/{{Die Antwoord}} 's ''Ten$ion'' album.
* KateBush's acting in her music videos, with wide eyes and odd, flowing movements, looks very off.
* Covenant - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg7HRcRvpxQ Bullet]]
* When done badly, autotune can make a singer's voice sound really off, as if it weren't actually produced by a human, which can be off-putting.
* The music video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXd6u9o6dYY&list=WLF68B772DC5F7928B Keep it Goin' Louder]]'', by Major Lazer, has four, *ahem*, ''women'', whose lips are enlarged and whose eyes are brought closer together and lowered so they they are almost touching their noses. Possibly PlayedForLaughs, as it helps give the video a "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs" feel.
* Tyler, The Creator's video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lDqMx4rmFU IFHY]] gives us more human/doll people. And is creepy as hell.
* The music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHS3qJdxefY Bat Country]] by ''Music/AvengedSevenfold'' has weird stuff happening all over, although none of it is over the top. Justified in that it's a song based on ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', which is about drugs.
* Some of the stranger music genres such as avant-retard and lowercase can invoke this seeing as they sound nothing like what usually springs to mind when you think of music, in some places not even conforming to the usual rules of music.
* The music video for Music/KanyeWest's "Black Skin Head" invokes this by having most of the video focus on a realistic yet imperfect computer generated Kanye West model. It looks like him, but is ''just'' off enough to feel uncanny.
* SteamPoweredGiraffe is a band consisting of three human performers portraying robots. They invoke this trope rather effectively through their movements, which are choreographed to look as convincingly robotic as possible. Or rather, choreographed to look like robots who are trying their hardest to look as convincingly human as possible, but are not quite managing it. This, coupled with their glitching and occasional outright breakdowns, can make them very jarring to watch if you aren't used to them.
** That being said, once you've adjusted and learned more about the world they're in and their backstory, these can become rather heartwarming, or even outright adorable.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZbXHt3xPr8 music video]] for {{Music/Sakanaction}}'s "Bach no Senritsu o Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu" has the main singer dancing with some pretty creepy life-sized replicas of himself.
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