Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey & 10 Other Acts Whose Videos Blasted Us Into the Future
Katy Perry takes us on a trip to Oblivia, a space-age amusement park of the future, in the video for her new single "Chained to the Rhythm," while Lana Del Rey lays out a galactic car ride in the clip for her latest, "Love." The pair join a long list of future-themed videos that have aimed beyond the stars over the years. Sometimes the desire to leave the bounds of our big blue marble made perfect sense, other times they were just floating in space for no apparent reason.
Those two motivations pretty much sum up Del Rey and Perry's latest. Perry uses a look at our potentially dystopian future through the lens of a happy, efficient place that masks the conformity of oppressive groupthink (but, you know, with bitchin' rides, cool clothes from the future and 3D movies that come to life), and Del Ray simply revs the engine of her classic automobile in an effort to find love outside the planet's gravitational pull.
Here are 10 other clips that slipped out of the atmosphere and straight into the future:
A Gravity-like vid with astronaut Future having first contact with a glitter-splashed alien Miley.
Diplo feat. Lazerdisk Party Sex, "Set It Off" (2012)
In which we learn the mission critical information that yes, Major Tom, there are stripper poles in space.
Katy Perry & Kanye West, "E.T." (2011):
Katy planted a flag on future island in this high-gloss visual in which her alien form tumbles through space looking like an Empire of the Sun backup dancer while 'Ye floats around his ship rapping about "alien sex."
Daft Punk, "Digital Love" (2001)
How could any list of interplanetary videos fail to include this clip (cut from Daft Punk's anime-inspired Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem movie) about a lonely astronaut named Shep who dreams of his green-skinned galactic crush, Stella?
Britney Spears, "Oops!... I Did it Again" (2000)
Why is Brit in a red leather jumpsuit doing a sexy dance routine on Mars for a star-struck, moonwalking NASA astronaut? Let us know when you find out.
Backstreet Boys, "Larger Than Life" (1999)
In the video space race that defined the late '90s, BSB's over-the-top clip was basically the Sputnik of boy band future-shock clips. The trailblazing, funky view from 3000 was packed with hoverboard battles, multi-colored cybernetic space suits, dancing robots, Minority Report-style cockpit controls and, duh, a huge dance sequence on the main deck.
Matthew Sweet, "Where You Get Love" (1997)
The "Girlfriend" alt-rock star slapped on a spacesuit, dodged meteors, pined for his pals back on Earth and blasted through the cosmos in his one-man probe for this intergalactic power pop ode to searching for love.
*NSYNC, "I Want You Back" (1996)
The original clip for this lite-funk track found Justin Timberlake and the boys busting some synchronized moves on a space ship for a mystery girl who can't quite figure out how the transporter works.
The most expensive video ever made (to that point) put the siblings in a silvery spaceship, where they had a fierce zero-gravity dance-off while smashing guitars, endlessly mugging for the camera and playing pong.
Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight" (1995)
Talk about hopping into the wayback machine! Billy Corgan and company dressed up in their Victoria/steampunk finest for this homage to Georges Méliés' iconic 1902 silent movie A Trip to the Moon. In their fantasia, they imagined a group of explorers slipping the bonds of our blue marble courtesy of a metallic zeppelin as the band members played the song's plaintive melodies from atop space clouds. The things you can do when you are the biggest rock band on the planet (and beyond)...