Ever since Queen accompanied the release of their song Bohemian Rhapsody with an amazing music video, bands and artists have seen the benefit of creating a visual element along with the audio. It makes sense after all, especially in the modern age where sites like YouTube are so popular, to make music as marketable as possible and a visually striking video can grab attention and get people to like their songs even more. This never-ending quest to ensure that people dont switch to another channel or video means that musicians have often strayed into the bizarre or controversial with their music, whether they did it deliberately or unintentionally.
Born Free M.I.A.
M.I.A.s song Born Free and its accompanying music video received plenty of praise from critics and fans when they were first released. However, it was also banned from YouTube for a short time and proved provocative because of its showing of a genocide committed against those with red hair in a dystopian future. The violence and brutality, including a youngster being shot in the head and killed, proved too much for some people.
Looking Hot No Doubt
The song Looking Hot by No Doubt was the type of stuff you could expect from the band but the accompanying music video did cause a stir amongst fans and critics. This was largely down to the fact that the group had decided to go with a cowboys and Indians theme, portraying Native Americans in a stereotypical way and highly sexualized women from that culture. The American Indian Studies Center was particularly scathing, saying the video was damaging and highly offensive to Native Americans.