I'm very curious about other's perceptions of music videos. I've got three shoots coming up over the next two months - and I realize that my big inspirations are largely marginalized things. The video's I've shot in the past (I think these will bring me up to 37? Something like that) were always either low budget affairs or strictly detailed by the artists. These I actually get to enjoy directing. So this seems like a great place for market research.
What are some of the most definitive music videos you've seen, either as examples of the medium in total or as examples of great fits for a song. Videos you watched even if you didn't like the song.
Do you prefer videos that are simplistic? Do you prefer videos that tell a story? Do you prefer videos that are random surrealist trips through some director's mindspace? Do you only like videos that are essentially live shoots or do you want there to be something more going on?