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One Take Videos - the definitive list

The folks at Alex's mv mailing list helped compile a rather-comprehensive list (after the jump) of all one-take videos ever made, including faux one-takers like the Spice Girls' "Wannabe". Can you think of any others?

A continuously updated list is here. UPDATE: ftfy.

kevathens, November 5, 2005 at 1:39:36 PM CET

Broadcast "Tender Buttons" Wax "California" Lucas "Lucas With the Lid Off" Massive Attack "Protection" Massive Attack "Unfinished Sympathy" Kylie Minogue "Come Into My World" LCD Soundsystem "Tribulations" Radiohead "No Surprises", "Knives Out" Bright Eyes "Easy/Lucky/Free" OK Go "A Million Ways" U2 "Numb", "If God Will Send His Angels" White Stripes "We're Going to be Friends", “The Denial Twist” Coldplay "Yellow" Cibo Matto "Sugar Water" Chemical Brothers "Star Guitar" Weezer "Undone: The Sweater Song" Smashing Pumpkins "Ava Adore" Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks "Dark Wave" "Weird Al" Yankovic "Bob" Starsailor "Silence is Easy" Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules "Mad World" Knoc-turn'al featuring Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott "Knoc" The Zincs "The Moment is Now (both versions)" Björk "Hidden Place" Björk "Hyper-ballad" Björk "Big Time Sensuality (Night Version)" Timbaland and Magoo f. Tweet and Sebastian "All Y'all" D'Angelo "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" Beta Band "Assessment" Cassius "The Sound of Violence" Norah Jones "Those Sweet Words" Lisa Loeb "Someone You Should Know" Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories "Stay (I Missed You)" Beck "E-Pro" James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Yuki "Sentimental Journey" R.E.M. "Imitation of Life" Flaming Lips "Do You Realize" (version one) Madonna "This Used to Be My Playground" and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush "Don't Give Up" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & PJ Harvey "Henry Lee" (not sure the one-take version made it to air) PJ Harvey "Man-Size" Elton John "I Want Love" (with Robert Downey Jr.) AZ "Gimme Yours" Pansy Division "Bad Boyfriend" The Tea Party "Babylon" DJ Format "Vicious Battle Raps" Die Krupps "To the Hilt" Janet Jackson "When I Think of You", "That's the Way Loves Goes (alternate version) Fünf Sterne Deluxe "Die Leude" Spice Girls "Wannabe" Kings of Convenience "Misread" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "You Don't Know How it Feels" Michael Penn "Try" Xzibit "What You See is What You Get" Primus "Mr. Krinkle" Dashboard Confessional (don't know title) Hawksley Workman "Jealous of Your Cigarette" Abbey "Aey sanam pyar me tere" Prince "Dolphin" Shania Twain "When You Kiss Me" Alain Chamfort "Les Beaux Yeux de Laure" INXS "Mediate" Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues" Eagle-Eye Cherry "Save Tonight" MC Solaar "Nouveau Western" MC Solaar "Sequelles" Jack Johnson "Sitting Waiting Wishing" Bucket Truck "I Am The New York Times" Ed Harcourt "This One's For You" (James Griffiths version) God Lives Underwater "From Your Mouth" A "Good Time" Green Day "Redundant" Die Fantastischen Vier "Tag Am Meer" Starsailor "Alcoholic" Alanis Morissette "Everything" (Based on the spanish video "Bonito" by Jarabe De Palo) Einsturzende Neubauten "The Garden" Phoneheads "Roll That Stone" Sportfreunde Stiller "1.Wahl" The Kites "Teeny Bop Derelict" Wir Sind Helden "Nur Ein Wort" Tommy Shaw "Girls With Guns" Kenny Rogers "This Woman" Millionaire "I'm On A High" Fastball "Fire Escape" Will Young "Leave Right Now" Architechture In Helsinki "It'5" Mirwais "Naive Song" Koufax "Why Bother At All" Egoexpress "Aranda" Freundeskreis "Wenn Der Vorhang Fallt" Velojet "Your Side" Zipizape "Lo Que Me Falta" Refree "Ya No Hay Pena" The Corrs Destiny's Child "Emotion" Semisonic "Closing Time" Blink 182 "Always" (Launch) Mariah Carey "Shake it Off" (stretching it) Orbital "The Saint" (version one) I totally forgot about this Orbital clip, which is now rare, and unbelieveable.

If anybody feels like adding links to this, post 'em and I'll put 'em in. I'm done for now, got housework to do..

progosk, November 5, 2005 at 2:10:48 PM CET

not straightforward, but should count as one-take nonetheless, i think

royksopp "eplen" goldfrapp "twist" lacquer "behind"

kevathens, November 5, 2005 at 2:41:43 PM CET

Yeah, there were a bunch of animated ones I didn't know belonged or not. Do they truly inherit the spirit of the one-taker??

Peter Gabriel "Zaar" Air "Don't Be Light" others..

edcrane, November 5, 2005 at 3:20:48 PM CET

Four Day Hombre "1000 Bulbs"

progosk, November 5, 2005 at 3:23:43 PM CET

there was an italian one-shot video which was shot in two versions for the original band (le vibrazioni "dedicato a te"; the SAME video was then shot (same director and location, with only slight changes in the characters) for two other artists (frankie hi nrg, and then also elio & le storie tese). i'll try to find links.

agentleman, November 5, 2005 at 4:09:09 PM CET

Hmmm...I believe that the Stereo MCs had a one-shot or pseudo one-shot with their "Deep Down & Dirty" video.

spreech, November 5, 2005 at 4:20:09 PM CET

Christina Aguilera "the voice within" -here is a sample from that one: And, I'm not sure Sinead O'Connor "nothing compares to you"

jordy, November 5, 2005 at 5:01:18 PM CET

Television - 'Call Mr. Lee', one take in 8mm black and white, as I remember

herr jimmy, November 5, 2005 at 5:12:29 PM CET

Tiger Lou - "Sam, As In Samantha"

claire., November 5, 2005 at 5:35:37 PM CET

Circlesquare - "7 Minutes"

hidden, November 5, 2005 at 11:26:52 PM CET

Louis Bertignac & Carla Bruni - "Les frôleuses" (Houplain) .mov

Benjamin Biolay - "Une chaise à Tokyo" (M/M) .mov

Alain Chamfort - "L'ennemi dans la glace" (Mondino) .mpg

Alain Chamfort - "Les beaux yeux de Laure" (Decharme) (inspired by Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues") .wmv

Mathieu Boogaerts - "Ondulé" (Chedid) link

Raphaël - "Caravane" (Dahan) .mov

Raphaël - "Ne partons pas fâchés" (Dahan) link

Alain Bashung - "Volutes" (Mondino) Zazie - "Tout le monde" (Mondino)

1manguy, November 6, 2005 at 4:36:10 AM CET
I'm so glad I found the Jake Scott video for Mother Mother. this is a favorite of mine and it's really held up well over the years. and what a great song! by a very talented and underrated artist.

Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant Disguise Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Over and Over The Verve - Sonnet

adambiz, November 6, 2005 at 4:51:28 PM CET

Phoenix - "everything is everything"

kevathens, November 7, 2005 at 2:07:55 PM CET

Wow, nice adds everyone. Forgot some great ones there. I never even realized that Phoenix vid was a one-take vid, Roman shot it as if it were different shots. No wonder I didn't get it until right now..

And whatever happened to Tracy Bonham anyway?

Also: Foo Fighters "My Hero" would be a one-take if not for a few quick edits at the beginning, but good enough, really.

hidden, November 7, 2005 at 8:23:28 PM CET

Placebo - "Protège-moi" Arielle - "Si mince" Bone Fiction - "Insanely Cheerful" Mano Solo - "Je n'ai pas" <a>(directed by Gaspar Noé) George Michael - "Flawless" (Scott) Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity" (Glazer) Benjamin Biolay - "Les roses et les promesses" (Mimran)

kevathens, November 8, 2005 at 11:18:56 AM CET

I think I'll be adding to this post ad infinitum.. How could I forget:

The Replacements "Bastards of Young" (MTV)

aspedis3000, November 8, 2005 at 7:33:41 PM CET

Idlewild "A Modern Way Of Letting Go" (In Real Player)

lowresboy, November 9, 2005 at 12:13:21 AM CET

can't find it anywhere but i remember a smart one-take video for My Life Story "It's A Girl Thing" done by Barnaby & Scott (i think) at Hammer & Tongs. It was filmed with a two way mirror...

hidden, November 9, 2005 at 1:37:17 PM CET

Carla Bruni - "Quelqu'un m'a dit" (dir. Leos Carax)
Daft Punk - "Fresh" (dir. Daft Punk, RealPlayer)
Dominique A - "Le Twenty-two bar" (dir. Ken Higelin, RealPlayer)
Ignatus - "L'air est différent" (dir. Ken Higelin, QuickTime)
Ariane Moffatt - "Point de mire"
William Sheller - "Mon Dieu que j'l'aime" (Berckmans) William Sheller - "Centre ville" (Seb Chéri)

progosk, November 9, 2005 at 3:19:46 PM CET

leos carax?! what's he been up to...? (here's the direct link to the carla bruni .flv)

hidden, November 9, 2005 at 5:50:52 PM CET

Thx for the direct link. Carax co-wrote the song, too. And directed another video for Bruni: "Tout le monde". Here's the link. Hope it works. Cheers.

hidden, November 9, 2005 at 8:09:50 PM CET

Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Matt Sweeney - "I gave you"
(dir. Mike Piscitelli, QuickTime) Demon vs. Heartbreaker - "You are my high"
(dir. Bréart/Creuzard/Dufils, QuickTime)

hidden, November 10, 2005 at 9:30:34 AM CET

Sinead O'Connor - "This Is To Mother You"
(dir. John Maybury)

Yann Tiersen - "Monochrome"
(dir. Ken Higelin)

1manguy, November 11, 2005 at 4:05:34 AM CET

Tift Merritt - Virginia, No One Can Warn You The Constantines - Nighttime, Anytime, Its Alright

"And whatever happened to Tracy Bonham anyway?"

everybody thought she fell off the face of the planet after Mother Mother, but she never stopped working. and in June she released a new album, Blink the Brightest, a great collection of songs she's been working on for a while, and it's one of the best albums of 2005.

kevathens, November 17, 2005 at 10:56:21 PM CET

Björk "Desired Constellation" (LynnFox - on the Medulla Videos DVD)

progosk, November 18, 2005 at 1:02:08 AM CET

as per this, Rumble Strip "Motorcycle" (dir. Harry Dwyer)

kevathens, November 22, 2005 at 11:15:33 PM CET

Elton John "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" (Russell Mulcahy) - Does anybody remember if this is a real (faux) one take video? I remember the swipe edits as it went from room to room, but I think Russell was going for a one-take feel. ???

kevathens, December 8, 2005 at 4:23:41 PM CET

Cut Copy "Going Nowhere"

kevathens, January 12, 2006 at 1:00:55 PM CET

Jay-Z "Girls, Girls, Girls" (Marc Klasfeld) Scarface "On My Block" (Klasfeld) Both available here.

ripzzz_, April 6, 2006 at 4:44:43 AM CEST

Moby "Porcelain" The White Stripes "7 Nation Army" Björk "Hunter" U2 "The Sweetest thing" Radiohead "Idioteque" The Verve "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (unless the last part)

..and that monkey drummer from Cunningham's DVD

kevathens, April 6, 2006 at 2:43:49 PM CEST

Thanks ripz - there's always more hiding under various rocks..

And everyone thinks Bitter Sweet Symphony is a one-take (minus the end), but it's not, sillies.

frazochka, July 3, 2007 at 1:56:36 PM CEST

And there was another one-take video, with a boy and a girl kissing (half face), slow take, no camera movements... anyone remembers it?? what was the song??

forgetmenot, April 19, 2008 at 8:53:18 AM CEST

Does anybody remember a music video on MTV during the 1986-1988? era using mirrors as an illusion with floating arms and legs?


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