Beastie Boys’ Sabotage (dir. Spike Jonze)

Before moving on to feature film Spike Jonze is one of the most well-regarded music videos directors in the world, and with good reason. Since then, he’s been behind Being John Malkovich, the extremely underrated AdaptationWhere The Wild Things Are and the upcoming Her. The music video for Beastie Boys‘ Sabotage (which was terribly used in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek) is a homage and a parody of all those cop shows of the 1970s, like Starsky and Hutch or Hawaii Five-O. The video was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Breakthrough Video, Best Direction in Video and Viewer’s Choice at the 1994 MTV Music Video Awards, but lost in all five categories. When R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe was accepting their award for the ‘Everybody Hurts’ music video, MCA from Beastie Boys rushed the stage in disguise to declare the result an outrage.

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