Somewhere, right now, someone is singing one of these songs at karaoke.
You know all the words.
The 70’s wouldn’t have been the same without them …
… but did you know that these classic, iconic, ESSENTIAL songs didn’t have videos?
… until now!
Forty six years after its radio debut, Elton John has released the first official video for his 1976 classic ‘Tiny Dancer‘. To mark his fifty-year collaboration with Bernie Taupin, John launched a contest in 2016, inviting undiscovered filmmakers to create videos for three of his iconic songs released well before music videos would appear.
What was the song itself about? John wrote the music, and Taupin’s lyrics refer to women. “We came to California in the fall of 1970 and it seemed like sunshine just radiated from the populace,” Taupin told American Songwriter. “I guess I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met, especially at the clothes stores and restaurants and bars all up and down the Sunset Strip. They were these free spirits, sexy, all hip-huggers and lacy blouses, very ethereal the way they moved.”
Here’s the official video from director Max Weiland – there are a few famous faces here, see if you can pick them out (like the Marilyn Manson/python cameo):
The second of John’s songs to receive video treatment (and premiere at Cannes this week) was ‘Rocket Man‘, #245 on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’. The story of a refugee separated from his family is based on filmmaker Majid Adin’s experience as an Iranian refugee traveling through England. Along with animation director Stephen McNally, Adin has created a powerful statement about today’s immigration issues:
The third Elton John song to finally get its own video (after 44 years) is ‘Bennie and the Jets‘, delivered by directors Jack Whiteley and Laura Brownhill. It’s a campy black-and-white retro take on the song that first appeared on the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ album in 1973, and was John’s first top 40 hit: