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Panic! at the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Shane C. Drake)


This won Video of the year at MTV's 2006 Video Music Awards. Might as well put it at the forefront for discussion. Let's do this thing.

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musicvideosyay, September 1, 2006 at 6:48:16 AM CEST

Same sex marriage?

captainmarc22, September 1, 2006 at 7:17:43 AM CEST

worst video to ever win best video of the year?

nahh, i'd say that would be Lady Marmalade. It was less of a music video than the entire Moulin Rouge movie (which subsequently inspired the above blah-fest).

full list:

1984 The Cars "You Might Think" 1985 Don Henley "The Boys Of Summer" 1986 Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" 1987 Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" 1988 INXS "Need You Tonight/Mediate" 1989 Neil Young "This Note's For You" 1990 Sinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U" 1991 R.E.M. "Losing My Religion" 1992 Van Halen "Right Now" 1993 Pearl Jam "Jeremy" 1994 Aerosmith "Cryin'" 1995 TLC "Waterfalls" 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight" 1997 Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity" 1998 Madonna "Ray Of Light" 1999 Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)" 2000 Eminem "The Real Slim Shady" 2001 Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and P!nk "Lady Marmalade" 2002 Eminem "Without Me" 2003 Missy Elliott "Work It" 2004 OutKast "Hey Ya!" 2005 Green Day "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" 2006 Panic! at the Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"

alphamonkey, September 1, 2006 at 7:21:47 AM CEST

When I saw this spot for the first time, I couldn't decide what I hated more: the song or the video.

I'm so ready for emo (and it's video equivelent) to be over.

aariq, September 1, 2006 at 8:22:33 AM CEST

Maybe its just taht I don't like the song very much, but something seems unresolved about the video. I do like the makeup and costume though.

spit, September 1, 2006 at 8:24:06 AM CEST

I think it was really apparent tonight that nu-emo IS rock and roll in 2006. AFI, Fall Out Boy, Panic!, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds To Mars, All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance-- the entire night was filled with the stuff. Please, someone older and smarter than me explain- is this just an especially bad year for rock music, or is has it always been like this and I'm just now realizing it?

Maybe its just that MTV's demographic has gotten younger in the 00's. It seems like the whole thing has been dumbed down since the mid-90s. Can anyone imagine '96 or '97's VMA winners even getting play in 2006? The internet may have garnered a larger audience for music in general, but it seems like MTV, who once was famous for groundbreaking visuals, has watered it down to the point where they're barely edgier than network TV.

And as for the Panic video, is it just me, or their a complete lack of style and sophistication to the entire spot? It feels like someone just threw a million things into a room and threw a camera around.

spit, September 1, 2006 at 8:26:28 AM CEST

Is this what the late 80s felt like? Are we just waiting for our Nirvana?

dickthompson, September 1, 2006 at 8:56:49 AM CEST

i find it interesting that lou reed backed away from that afi shout out after they won, and the jackass harassment of the one tree hill/gap band with the midget carrying the singer away from the podium while accepting the award... they weren't swallowing it anymore than we were.

captainmarc22, September 1, 2006 at 9:49:37 AM CEST

Nirvana isn't coming back...

I think everything is changing permanently; 1991 isn't going to repeat anymore than 1965 is, when rock bands released 2 albums a year.

progosk, September 1, 2006 at 1:13:12 PM CEST

panic at the disco's warm welcome to antville... (warm as vomit)

kevathens, September 1, 2006 at 1:52:21 PM CEST

This is the 1st year that fans were allowed to vote for vids, so campaigns were in full swing. Like I said, the VMAs are now the EMAs.

Is emo a sign that the youth are actually getting healthier? They can explore all of their sides while still in their youth? What is emo anyway, but a further acceptance of feminine (gay or not) tendencies into traditionally-masculine rock? The stereotypes are blurring. That's my guess anyway. I'm not a fan of this video.

hassinator, September 1, 2006 at 3:55:20 PM CEST

total crap - shite song, worse video

lady maramalde was never exactly best in show but christ on a bike its got to be better than this...

fellfromthesky, September 1, 2006 at 4:43:12 PM CEST

This year "Breakthrough Video of the Year" was eliminated and "Ringtone of the Year" was added. I know MTV hates playing music videos and all, but Jesus, do they really have to try and discredit the entire art form as well? Awarding this video "Video of the Year" does a grave disservice to everyone. It lowers the bar exponentially for those working internally, and to everyone else looking in, it makes "our best", look quite mediocre.

Imagine the Oscars awarded "Best Picture" not to American Beauty, but to American Pie. That's MTV VMA's this year.

moonman, September 1, 2006 at 4:51:48 PM CEST

After this VMAs all I have to say is: drink MTV, eat MTV, buy MTV

MTV is more than ever a product than a space to see videos, all that sells or that is on the groove has to be on MTV... and win awards.

fungible, September 1, 2006 at 5:02:47 PM CEST

Maybe we're all just getting old. Ever think of it that way?

But so what. You can still listen to music you like, and it doesn't have to be what's popular, thankfully. MTV discredited the music video a long time ago. Ignore them.

engles, September 1, 2006 at 5:23:05 PM CEST

This is so so depressing, think it sums up the level of creativity that's encouraged by the big labels that churn out boring band after boring band, They've got a factory in Hull apparently where they line them up in front of a big metal door and shove them out down a slide which dumps them into a has been bin at a bottom. They get there photo taken on the way down though, and get to sing a song. Next.

goulash, September 1, 2006 at 6:58:25 PM CEST

What the F***K..bloody typical. I had to stop this video after just a few seconds. Not just beacuse I hate the mulchy processed sponge rock..but the video is just simply crap!

munchabunch, September 1, 2006 at 7:55:57 PM CEST

Wow. That has got to be the worst video ever even nominated for a VMA...and it wins Video of The Year. Very sad. Now that the VMA's are determined by fan voting you can't under estimate the power of teenage girls with nothing better to do than click away all day.

But about the video, I have to agree with spit. It looks like they threw a bunch of extras in crazy costumes and had them dance around while randomly tossing the camera left and right. No style, no substance, nothing redeeming about it...just pathetic.

yasmina, September 2, 2006 at 2:53:28 AM CEST

spit- cheers mate, my thoughts exactly.

this video should come with a warning, really... please! A.D.H.D. much?

wasco, September 2, 2006 at 1:41:06 PM CEST

I'm absolutely bewildered. Hey! Everyone's like dressed in circus costumes- how dark and weird! A horse could have come up with a more original idea than this.Who gives a f**k about the MTV Video Music Awards anyway?

hassinator, September 2, 2006 at 3:03:13 PM CEST

what a perfect illustration of the corporate cock stroking viacom goes in for - we'll give a prize to your piece of shit new band if you promise to get madonna to lez off with britney...

the jigs up fellas - time to move on

milan, September 2, 2006 at 7:11:41 PM CEST

MTV usually balances out the utter shit with acceptable mediocrity, so I'm actually quite stunned that videos like 'Hung Up' were completely jipped. Then again, she probably wasn't there (like some of the other artists with okay videos). Conspiracy?

Also, hardly anyone thanked the video directors during their acceptance speeches. I should know better, but it still upsets me.

'Twas refreshing to see Jack Black hosting, but the poor dude fucked up his lines (or MTV fucked up his lines), resulting in far too many awkward scenes. Maybe that was part of his act? Who knows. Either way, it wasn't funny. "Accidentally" spouting off Lil' Kim's lines before she walks out is not funny.

The only upside to this year's show was the creative application of the live surveillance footage used in the bumpers. It was really fresh and kept this element of spontaneous theatrics going.

All in all, not tuning in next year.

vladkromatica, September 2, 2006 at 9:03:42 PM CEST

Wow, as depressing as the music world in the public forum of tv/radio/adverts has become, im actually really glad to see these responses from everyone here. I was beginning to think there was somethinig wrong with me for not understanding why people my age thought this music was good, let alone the best music video?!?!? I can rememeber when karma police was up against all is full of love, now those were actual breakthrough videos. Who will end this? Or will it just get worse with time?

hijed, September 2, 2006 at 10:03:18 PM CEST

The only thing good on MTV is Wonder Showzen.

commissionergordan, September 3, 2006 at 5:36:47 PM CEST

This makes me sick, Rock n'Roll is supposed to be rebel music. Once kids started a rock band after they got kicked out of school and thrown out of the house or they had something to say, thats how we got Rage Against the Mahine, Nirvana or Metallica.

Now this Emo shit is so showbiz, it's the kids from the drama club who are starting bands "hey lets dress up like a ringmaster".

Panic! At the disco had never played a live gig before they recorded this album!!!!!

And don't MTV love kids that want to be famous. A band is going to come soon and burn this church down.

"Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit." - Banksy

kevathens, September 3, 2006 at 6:25:41 PM CEST

Consider these boys a product of the Internet age, like, say, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I remember this vid getting tons of hits on YouTube (it's clocked in at 5.8 million currently). What's basically happening, still, is that pre-teens and teens are getting served what they want. And what they want isn't necessarily the highest quality music - most teens aren't music/arts majors. It just happens that the industry caters to them, and technology (MySpace, etc) is boosting that relationship.

I'm sure the VMAs have many ppl in the mv biz wondering - what the hell?

jesse.ewles, September 3, 2006 at 7:35:55 PM CEST

Fear not dudes. The indie scene is strong. Eventually it will pulverize this tripe and sweep it in the gutter. As for the videos, it's up to those of you who are dissatisfied to make wicked videos the mainstream lacks. -j

captainmarc22, September 3, 2006 at 7:42:19 PM CEST

I thought Fueled by Ramen was an indie label.

even though everyone hates them keep in mind this is NOT manufactured pop music. the band formed on their own and writes their own songs.

kevathens, September 3, 2006 at 9:20:12 PM CEST

Signed to Decaydence, Fall Out Boy's imprint of Fueled By Ramen - who are distributed by ADA, and have some sort of promotional/distribution partnership with Atlantic. Ramen is not owned by Atlantic.

kurse23, September 4, 2006 at 1:38:12 AM CEST

It's not a bad year for rock & alt. There is tons of good stuff out there. just not on MTV or Fuse or Much or other. But it has always been that way. I found my music by digging through record bins and clubs. NOT TELEVISION.

try these:

cities in dust swimming pool the big sleep

spit, September 4, 2006 at 8:43:07 AM CEST

I don't think this has too much to do with the indie/major argument; that's so 1994. In 2006 indies are capable of playing the same game as majors, and they're willing to cash in on bands that are truly awful in order to do so. The pendulum of rock just happens to be swinging in this direction right now, and everything about this kind of music is a reaction to the awful rock music that came before it. Nu-metal was loud, stupid, and hyper-manly, so it follows that the next generation would try to rebel with music that's introspective, passive-aggressive, and witty. Panic! are just a logical extension of those ideas taken to the greatest degree, and what you end up with is bonified dorkiness. I'm calling it now- prepare yourself for an onslaught of young bands that play raw, aggressive, grunge-tinged rock music that's intended to scare your mom by the time the 2008 VMA's roll around. Enjoy your moonmen now, Panic!, cause you're about to go the way of hair-metal circa 1991

windfucker, September 4, 2006 at 10:24:16 AM CEST

Cut these kids some slack. They're barely old enough to grow pubes, let alone come up with original thoughts or lyrics. My favorite part of this video is the way the ringmaster covers his mouth when he says "Goddamn" so as not to offend his Christian market. They just want everyone to have a chance at liking their music.

This makes me sick, Rock n'Roll is supposed to be rebel music.

Rock n Roll stopped courting rebellion when labels discovered that there was more money in product placement than in album sales. On that point, check this terrific title for an emo doc!


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