Monday, 5 September 2011

WS - Deconstruction 12- Rockstar - Nickelback

Artist - Nickelback
Song Title - Rockstar
Year - 2007
Genre - Rock, Country Rock
Director - Dori Oskowitz

"Rockstar" is a 2005 song by the Canadian band 'Nickelback'. The song comes under the Rock and Country Rock genres and is on the label 'Roadrunner Records'.

Originally, there was to be no video to accompany this song. However, when the song was re-released, Dori Oskowitz, who directed the band's "If Everyone Cared" video, returned to direct the music video. 

The Video ended up being the biggest selling music video of 2007 on iTunes.

This video is very unusual for a music video in that it is made up almost entirely of shots of celebrities and non-celebrities lip-synching to the words of the song. The members of the band do not appear in the video until the final shot. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top does however appear in the video as himself and actually reads out his lines in the video, as he does in the actual song.

The video is quite smilar to the video, "Just A Day" by 'Feeder' in that it has a number of different people performing to camera. This is another sign of links between videos, even if they are from other bands.

When the non-celebrities are on camera, they are generally stood in front of an iconic landmark, for example Times Square in New York or Millenium Park in Chicago. The celebrities in the video include: Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Eliza Dushku, Gene Simmons, Wayne Gretzky, Big & Rich's John Rich, the cast of The Girls Next Door, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Nelly Furtado, the crew from American Chopper, Paul Wall, Ted Nugent, Grant Hill and numerous others. Billy Gibbons also voices his lines in the video.

To see a list of what shot number, which celebrity and which line each participant in the video performs, click here.

This video is a performance based video. This is because each participant in the video is performing the song to the camera. It is a slightly strange, odd and unusual idea for a music video, although is similar to Feeder's "Just A Day".

Unfortunately, Embedding this video has been disabled, so I will post a link to the video on YouTube instead.

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