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Performance Video

Videos consisting largely of the band performing their song, either in front of an audience or not. Can sometimes overlap with the Video Full Of Film Clips.

This was the way most music videos were done until Duran Duran and Michael Jackson hit the scene.


Examples:

  • Aerosmith had several of these, including "Rag Doll", "Love In An Elevator", "The Other Side", "Blind Man", and "What It Takes".
  • Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson'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.
  • Daft Punk - Robot Rock is pretty much their only straight example.
  • Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "Teddy Picker", with and without an audience respectively.
  • Battles - "Atlas"
  • The Beatles'' "Hey Jude" (pictured) 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 The Monkees, inserted at the end of TV episodes (particularly those shot in the “Rainbow Room”: “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git,” etc.).
  • Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name." The second half of "Livin' on a Prayer" is like this.
  • All of David Bowie's clips through 1977; 1983's "Modern Love" is his most famous post-'70s performance vid.
  • Coldplay - "Life In Technicolor II". Essentially a performance video, in front of an audience (and on - there's Crowd Surfing 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.
  • Chris Cornell - "You Know My Name" (theme tune to the James Bond film Casino Royale)
  • "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello. Very simplistic execution.
    • Parodied in the video for Costello's duet with John Hiatt; Elvis shows up late for the show and John has to mime his lines while wearing his glasses.
  • A variation was used in the Dire Straits 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 Disturbed consists entirely of concert footage.
    • 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".
  • Europe - "The Final Countdown".
  • Par for the course with Foo Fighters videos, though some more than others ("All My Life" might be the best example).
  • Glassjaw - "Stars", "Jesus Glue", "All Good Junkies Go To Heaven", and "You Think You're (John Fucking Lennon)". All of them filmed in a one-take Dogme 95 style.
  • The vast majority of Journey's videos were this. They tried to do stylized choreographed videos for the songs "Separate Ways" and "Chain Reaction", but those didn't work out so well.
  • The Knack's "My Sharona".
  • Many of Black Sabbath's early videos were like this (even somewhat Strictly Formula, 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".
  • Linkin Park has an interesting take on the concept: The video for "Bleed It Out" has the band performing in front of a reversed Bar Brawl.
  • Madonna's "Dress You Up" is a rare performance video for her.
  • New Order - a band best known for 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. Jonathan Demme directed "The Perfect Kiss", in which the band simply play the song in a small recording studio. Kathryn Bigelow directed "Touched By The Hand Of God", a parody of Hair Metal performance videos which features the band dressed as an American metal band.
  • "March Of The Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails, which also happens to be a Oner
  • 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 Affectionate Parody of musical performances from The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Not surprisingly, "Weird Al" Yankovic did the same thing as Nirvana in his music video for "Smells Like Nirvana", which parodied "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • Outkast - "Hey Ya!"
  • Pearl Jam - "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 The Pixies 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, 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.
  • Rammstein - There's "Feuer Frei", which is half this, half Video Full Of Film Clips, and more recently "Ich tu dir weh".
  • Rooster - "Staring at the Sun"
  • The Strokes - "Last Nite"
  • Taylor Swift's "Change", "Fearless", and "Sparks Fly".
  • System of a Down - "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.
  • Van Halen - "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.
  • Weezer - "Buddy Holly"
  • A number of Wolfmother videos.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - most of them.
  • Christian Kane's 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 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 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 The World Should Revolve around Me
  • The Veronicas Revolution is 100% a part of their Revolution tour.
  • Delta Goodrem'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 The Black Dahlia Murder is this intercut with clips of the band members goofing off.
  • The 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.
  • Seal's "Kiss From a Rose", the Award Bait Song from Batman Forever. It features Seal performing the song in front of the Bat-signal, spliced with clips from the film.
  • 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.
  • Driftless Pony Club likes to play with this trope. In 'Legend of Archery" we see them play very briefly at the beginning, and then Craig on guitar while using it as a sword to fight the ninja bassist. 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 Video Full Of Film Clips - 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 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 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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