A List of Music Videos Set in a Library.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been plugging away on some paintings, getting a series of 5 finished and framed, but it’ll be a bit before I’m ready to post those. I’ve also got a post I’ve been tinkering with on the Gatling Gun used by the Canadian military during its campaign against the Metis and their allies in 1885. That will be posted “From the Clipping File” when I get around to it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a list of music video’s set in a library. The idea came about when watching Toto’s video (see below), but others have thought of doing it before me so all credit goes to them.

At first, I was unsure how to organise them, chronologically seemed the most interesting and easiest in order to avoid the subjective element. Musically the list is very diverse, thematically, less so.

Notable, but not exactly what I had in mind:

1962.The Music Man (Film). Harold Hill,  “Marian the Librarian.”

Robert Preston plays Harold Hill, a con man out to bamboozle the people of a small town in Iowa, USA.

  1. Sliders (TV Program). MC Poindexter and the Study Crew, “Library Rap.”

From an episode set on an alternate earth, on which the adulation reserved for professional athletes and movie stars is instead directed towards “scientists and great thinkers.”

  1. Arthur (TV Program). Arthur and the gang. “Library Card.”

Vaguely reminiscent of School House Rock segments from the 70’s and early 80’s (revived in the 1990’s).  Can’t argue with the message, but I’d still prefer a visit to Conjunction Junction.

The List. Music video’s set (at least in part!) in a library.

  1. Toto, “Africa.”

Respect to anyone who makes “Kilimanjaro“, “Olympus,” and “Serengeti” work lyrically within the space of one line. 

  1. Van Halen, “Hot for Teacher.”

Trivia regarding this song.  Making appearances are Miss Canada 1981, the Norweigan model who played the love interest in Rod Stewarts “Do ya think I’m sexy?” Also, “At the end of the video, where we find out that David Lee Roth has become “America’s Favorite TV Game Show Host,” his pants are soaked. This was done deliberately in an attempt to get the first urine stain on MTV.” (songfacts.com)  

1985 (1983). Tears for Fears, “Head over Heels.”

Fantastic tune. I really enjoy this one, its great fun to sing in the shower.

  1. Bloodhag, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Self-styled pioneers of “edu-core,” this metal act also put together their own documentary, also set in a library, “The Faster You Go Deaf…” (“the more time you have to read”) While not fond of death metal I do admire the cut of their jib!

  1. Ludacris, “Splash Waterfall.”

“International Media Personality,” author of a fashion/ style/ lifestyle blog and “Millionaire Girls Club” podcast Sandy Coffee is featured (though uncredited) responding to Luda’s verses.  This is my contribution to fixing that oversight.  And yes, the Kama Sutra is available at the library.

  1. Belle and Sebastian, “Wrapped Up in Books.”

It would be more fun to hang out with the guys from Van Halen I think.  I’m getting bored just trying to think of something to say about this song.

  1. Cascada, “Everytime We Touch.”

Here’s something. This time the library worker being pursued is a male. 

  1. Haunted Love, “Librarian.”

If you’ve made it this far then you deserve to enjoy this video. Filmed on location at the Dunedin Public Library in New Zealand this video went viral in 2006. As noted, this video features possibly “the best use of compact movable shelving in a music video, ever.”  

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About Kevin D. Bell

Painter, writer, amateur historian.
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