Top 5 Wizard Rock Music Videos

[Thank you for visiting The Wrock Snob and reading this article! I’d love for you to jump right into the reviewy goodness, but first there is some unfortunate business to take care of. It is not in my nature to tell you specifically what or what not to buy and who to support – I tell you what I thought about an album, and if my tastes seem to align with yours, you might want to heed my suggestions. However, I must take this time to personally exhort that you do not monetarily support the bands The Remus Lupins or Ministry of Magic. The full reasons are unsettling and possibly triggering, so please proceed with caution, but if you want the full details click here. Simply put, it has been revealed that certain member/s of both bands did destructive, upsetting, and highly problematic things. While I can see the value of reviewing art no matter what the artist did on a grand society-level scale, I cannot morally allow myself to condone the financial support of these monsters, nonetheless exhorting people to do so. Now it is entirely possible this copypasta’d retroactive warning was placed on a negative review, making this sidebar somewhat moot, but I still feel it necessary to make these matters clear. Again, for full details and rumination click here, otherwise, please enjoy the article.]

Music videos have been an important part of the music scene for quite awhile now. Originally just footage of a staged performance of the song used as a promotional material, music videos have become an art form in and of themselves. Unfortunately, this is not an art form that wizard rock bands have partaken in too often – though there are plenty of fanmade videos out there that do make up for this lack (and some of them aren’t even barely relevant clips from the movies shittily pasted together)! Still, it’s always nice to see the original artists’ intention for the songs if brought into the visual medium, and we really don’t have much of that in wizard rock.

Now, it’s completely understandable why – music videos take a lot of time and effort, and there are many bands that can barely afford decent recording equipment, much less video equipment. And really, anyone can take their iPhone, give it to their friend Steve, and have Steve record them playing through their song in a garage or a field (it’s always a garage or a field, for some reason) in a few different angles, chopping it up, and uploading the steaming mess to YouTube. The best music videos help tell the story of the lyrics, or reveal new insights into the song, or push the visual medium the same way the song pushes the auditory, and it is music videos in this vein that I wish to highlight.  Starting with…

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REVIEW: Evil Is Sexy

One of the things I try hard to do with this site is give exposure to smaller, or maybe just not as well-known wizard rock bands who deserve to be listened to.  Now, there are a lot of really good wizard rock bands out there, so a few of them fall through the cracks, and never really get mentioned outside of superfluous posts that have only the most tangential of connections with wizard rock.  Also, sometimes I review a large swath of a certain type of wizard rock, for example, my list of the top twelve EP of the Month Club EPs, but due to the constraint of arbitrarily assigned numbers, a couple EPs that really deserve attention and accolade didn’t get mentioned.  One of these is the second-ever EP ever released as part of the club, Voldemort‘s Evil Is Sexy.

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The Top Ten Wizard Rock Bands Who Are Similar To Mega Man Bosses

That just might be the strangest title for a post that will ever appear on this site.  So, anyway, if you were hanging out on twitter last night Thursday night, I announced my retirement as the Wrock Snob, because the new iTunes interface was just so terrible to deal with that it ruined music forever for me.  This was a joke.  Now, the iTunes design is pretty terrible, but it’s not that bad.  Close, but not quite.  Anywho, I’ve spent about three hours now working on an article that I think may never see the light of day.  Foolishly foolish fool that I am, I thought I could compile a list of the 26 greatest wizard rock songs ever made, but alphabetically.  For example, I’d do the greatest wizard rock song that starts with the letter A, and then the greatest one that starts with the letter B, and so on.  I thought this would be the easiest, and possibly only way to do a list of the best wrock songs ever that wasn’t a Rolling Stone-style list that 500 songs long.  Well, after 3 hours of work, I managed to whittle it down to 218 songs, and I’m not sure I can go any further.

So, anyway, I planned to make a joke at the expense of the new iTunes, and then a couple hours later put up a new post saying “Hey, everyone, it was a joke”.  However, the article took longer than I thought to make (I’m nowhere near even starting to write it), so I decided to shelve it for a later Friday, and instead do an idea I’ve had in the pipeline for awhile – the top ten wizard rock bands who are similar to Mega Man bosses.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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