Due to their obvious functionality, garages have become an iconic setting for budding young musicians to practice their songs and learn their instruments. Not surprising, then, that so many artists film music videos with garage cameos to salute their humble roots. Here's some of our favorite music videos involving band practice in garages. Did we miss anything? Comment below and let us know!
1. Bowling for Soup, "1985"
Giving a special nod to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video, Bowling for Soup parody the original's iconic, sleek aesthetic by taking it to the garage band. With the band members dressed as Palmer's androgynous models, the Bowling for Soup version shifts the tone from sexual to playful, sophisticated to immature. Although at its core a silly video, "1985" shows the garage as a creative incubator an ambitious new band trying to find its bearings, posturing as their idols to understand their own voice.
2. Dinosaur Jr, "Been There All The Time"
A video from then recently reunited Dinosaur Jr depicts Thurston Moore as a father advising his children to play more like that new Dinosaur Jr song (at which point the teens turn into Dinosaur Jr and play the song). Although the ending leaves us with the teens staring blankly at a Dinosaur Jr vinyl, suggesting the performance as a dream, it shows a comically real relationship between parents and teens sharing music. The children come across as bored by the veteran Dinosaur Jr, and their ability to play it so effectively appears as the father's projection of what he hopes his children's music will sound like.
3. No Doubt, "Sunday Morning"
The second song on No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom to show the band practice in garages (the first was "Don't Speak"). "Sunday Morning"starts off at morning band practice and shifts to an afternoon picnic meant to taunt Gwen Stefani's ex boyfriend. While the video cleanly depicts the garage to make it look almost like a swing lounge, it maintains a humor to it. Fun is had (and so is a food fight), and reminds us of the most important rule while practicing: enjoy yourself. Holding band practice in garages is a great way to make sure you do.
4. My Chemical Romance, "I'm Not Okay"
Considering that the band's breakout hit is also an anthem for the high school underdog, having footage of the band playing in a garage makes perfect sense. The garage acts like a trusted friend to the band members; although distant and dejected in their high school environment, they come across as energetic and comfortable in their practice space. Band members let loose with their geekery, including a Slash-like performance during the guitar solo.
5. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
Promise we're not trolling with this one. It's just a really great video with a universal truth of band practice in garages! "Call Me Maybe" shows a band attempting to utilize their skill and passion to impress strangers (no matter how failed an attempt it is). The garage in this video manages to make Jepsen both a pop star and a floundering fool, as she tries giving her best performance just to impress the boy next door.
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