5 Music Videos Where Chevy Steals the Spotlight
There is Only One Thing that Can Shift an Audience’s Focus Away from Superstars like Madonna and Dr. Dre: a Chevy. Here’s Proof…
Cool cars have been a mainstay of music videos since MTV’s early days – and Chevrolet makes some of the coolest cars out there. The following five videos feature a Chevy that totally upstages the rock star who’s using it as a prop. Whether the Chevy in question is a classic muscle car or a 2010 subcompact, these cars demand attention and end up taking center stage. (But please don’t tell Madonna we’re not looking at her.)
1. Gorillaz – ‘Stylo’ – 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1968 Chevy El Camino
This video contains an epic car chase featuring not one, but two Chevys speeding along a two-lane desert road. Bruce Willis guest stars as the driver of a cherry-red 1968 El Camino in hot pursuit of Damon Albarn‘s cartoon band, who flee in a 1969 Camaro dotted with bullet holes. We never learn why Willis wants to catch the Gorillaz, but he tries his best, shooting their windows out with an enormous pistol, and finally running them off the road and over a cliff. The Camaro plunges into the ocean… where it turns into a submarine. Who knew the ’69 Camaro had such a nifty extra feature?
2. Dr. Dre – ‘Still D.R.E.’ – Chevy El Caminos
Sure, Dre and Snoop are in this video too, but the real stars here are the multiple old-school Chevy Impalas that they and their crew ride around in. These days, hip-hop videos are all about Bentleys and Lamborghinis, but back in the heyday of SoCal gangsta rap, a video wasn’t complete without a lowrider or two bouncing up and down. “Still D.R.E.” features a dawn-to-dusk street party full of OG Impalas — and, of course, plenty of hot chicks.
3. OK Go – ‘Needing/Getting’ – Chevy Sonic
OK Go are legendary for their intricately choreographed music videos. This one was actually sponsored by Chevy, and it stars a Chevy Sonic that the band uses as a musical instrument. The video, which took four days to shoot, was filmed on a specially constructed two-mile course in the Southern California desert. The Chevy Sonic was outfitted with extender arms and pneumatics so that as it drove along the course, it could rhythmically hit instruments like pianos, tubular bells and oil drums. The band played some of the song’s drum parts by slamming the car’s doors and pounding on its ceiling. We’re not sure this is quite what Chevy had in mind when they advertised that you could “have some fun with your favorite small car,” but this Sonic mod is very cool nonetheless.
4. Madonna – ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’ – Chevy Camaro
In this fantastic and edgy Guy Ritchie-helmed video, the Queen of Pop steals a yellow Camaro from a motel parking lot. Then she steals an old lady from a nursing home and goes on a twisted Thelma and Louise-style rampage around Los Angeles. After crashing into a group of catcalling guys at a red light, robbing a guy at an ATM, taunting cops and running over street-hockey players, Madge mercifully abandons the Camaro before she damages it any further. Instead, she steals a Pontiac Firebird and wraps it around a lamppost in a truly spectacular slow-motion crash. Good thing she wasn’t driving the Camaro.
5. Red Fang — ‘Wires’ — 1979 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon
Doom-metal band Red Fang are flat broke — until they get a $5,000 check to make their next music video. They buy a beat-up 1979 Chevy Impala station wagon for $685, weld a snowplow blade to the front of it, head to an abandoned airstrip, and crash into everything they can think of. They buy 80 gallons of milk and crash into that. They crash into a bunch of watermelons. They stack up a tower of champagne glasses and crash into those. They crash into a full china cabinet. But wait! They slam on the brakes. The snowplow blade stops inches away from a pillar of Pabst Blue Ribbon. That was close! The band jumps out and shotguns the beers.
Then, with their music-video budget now near zero, they decide against filling the Impala’s gas tank. Instead, they torch the car. Boom! That’s $5,000 well spent — but did they really need to blow up the Impala?