Pop video enthusiasts will be cheered to know that a rather splendid compilation hit the shops recently. The Hammer & Tongs Collection DVD celebrates the work of British duo Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith — and there's a lot to celebrate.
The DVD includes over 20 promos, a few short films and a sweet "home movie", plus audio commentary from many of the pop stars who they've shot videos for, including Jarvis Cocker, Graham Coxon and Gaz Coombes of Supergrass. Some budgets are huge, some are tiny, but all share the Hammer & Tongs trademarks of inventiveness, a certain homespun quality, and a love of precipitation (rain, snow and in Radiohead's case, shredded plastic bags). Below is our top five to whet your appetite.
1. "Last Stop This Town" by Eels (1998)
Mark "E" Everett is transformed into a carrot by the very latest in genetic engineering.
2. "Right Here, Right Now" by Fatboy Slim (1999)
Amoeba to obese homo sapien in three minutes, but Norman Cooke still uses it in his live set over 10 years later (click the image to watch it on Youtube).
3. "Coffee & TV" by Blur (1999)
Perhaps the directing duo's most famous video, as an enterprising milk carton goes in search of the "missing" child printed on its side panel, who just so happens to be Graham Coxon.
4. "Nude" by Radiohead (2007)
As it was shot at super-high speed, each member of Radiohead was only required to shake their stuff for five seconds for this video, though they did have to endure a gob full of shredded plastic bags for three of them.
5. "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend (2007)
By contrast, Vampire Weekend's three-minute video required a nine-minute single take, but it's been their most popular video ever since (it's had almost 15,000,000 views on YouTube).
The Hammer & Tongs Collection is out now on DVD