Just as epic, rambling, multilayered and spooky as the song itself, the video for the all-star charity scare-fest "Do They Know It's Halloween?" (QuickTime) has arrived just in time to warn the world about the terrors of All Hallow's Eve. Nice moments: the haunted U.N. chorus, David Cross' run-in with the scary kitten poster megastore of death. (via You Ain't No Picasso)
The first single off Depeche Mode's new album, "Playing the Angel," is the "Policy of Truth"-lite "Precious" (QuickTime, 4:06), featuring the band's trademark electro beats and wan droning. The video follows singer Dave Gahan on a cruise -- including side trips to the depths of the deepest sea -- in a style that fuses "Titanic" with "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."
Kate Bush plans to release her first album in 12 years, "Aerial," in just a few weeks, but there's already been a very generous buzz over the record in the U.K., much to her surprise: "I feel really privileged that people have been waiting -- I have been genuinely touched." The video for the single, "King of the Mountain" (QuickTime), is already out, and features Bush in a long dance with a vaguely familiar white rhinestone jumpsuit, set against a background composed of a bizarre mix of equal parts Elvis lore, "Citizen Kane" and laundry detergent ad. (via XOLondon)
Another favorite British diva songstress, another November release, and another video with a confusing mythology -- why is there a party inside a giant disco ball? Are the dancers meant to be a "Y.M.C.A." reference? The new Eurythmics single "I've Got a Life" (Windows Media, 4:12) is one of two new songs off their upcoming "Ultimate Collection." (via Arjan Writes)
The video for the fragile Antony and the Johnsons-Boy George collaboration, the gender-bending ballad "You Are My Sister" (Windows Media, 3:59), is a fittingly slow, contemplative, simple video for a slow, contemplative, heartfelt song. (via Antville)
-- Scott Lamb