Andrew Goodwin-6 Features of Music Videos

In His Book Dancing in the Distraction Factory Andrew Goodwin points out characteristics and features that can be found in music videos.
1.Music videos demonstrate genre characteristics.
(e.g. stage performance in metal videos, dance routine for boy/girl band, aspiration in Hip Hop).
2.There is a relationship between lyrics and visuals. The lyrics are represented with images.
(either illustrative, amplifying, contradicting).
3.There is a relationship between music and visuals. The tone and atmosphere of the visual reflects that of the music.
(either illustrative, amplifying, contradicting).
4.The demands of the record label will include the need for lots of close ups of the artist and the artist may develop motifs which recur across their work (a visual style).
5.There is frequently reference to notion of looking (screens within screens, mirrors, stages, etc) and particularly voyeuristic treatment of the female body.
6.There are often inter-textual reference (to films, tv programmes, other music videos etc).

        Taking these theories, here's an analysis of Panic! At the Disco's "Miss Jackson".

1.  The genre that Panic! can be classified is Punk Rock. The genre for the music video is narrative, and the editing reflects the style of the music with short cuts and fast paced edits. The theme of the album is Vegas, this is shown clearly through the Mise en Scene in the video.
2. The relationship between the lyrics and the visuals is not clear at first, care and attention must be given to the lyrics to unpack the meaning and how it relates in an illustrating way.
3. The relationship between the music and visuals it clear with the images and the editing. As the pace of the song increases, the pace of the editing quickens as well.
4. Brenden urie is the only current active member of the band as of this music video, so he is the main character in the video.
5. There are large voyeuristic tenancies at the beginning of the video, with the majority of the shots including a female body. These imply the idea of a prostitute and this matches the theme of Vegas.
6. There are no intertextual references.

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