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Cash's 'Hurt' rated all-time best music video

Musical artists have spoken (albiet in a cheesy poll of 31 people), and they think Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' — made six months before his death — is the best music video of our time.

An excerpt from the Observer story:

The video for 'Hurt', Johnny Cash's valedictory single recorded just six months before his death, shows a frail and ailing Cash at home, dressed in his usual black outfit, playing guitar and piano, interwoven with past footage of the 'Man in Black' in his heyday.

It proved a poignant elegy for the country music icon, who fought illness for the last decade of his life. He died from complications linked to diabetes in 2003, aged 71.

His posthumous triumph over the teen idols of the MTV generation comes in a poll of 31 pop stars, video directors, agents and journalists commissioned by mobile phone operator 3. The panel included Natasha Bedingfield, Björk, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans, Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook, Jamie Cullum, Tom Fletcher of McFly, Avril Lavigne, Mike 'the Streets' Skinner and Amy Winehouse.

The runner-up is the 14-minute horror film-style 1983 video for Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' with pioneering special effects. Third is another chiller, Aphex Twin's 1997 'Come to Daddy', which features a goblin screaming at a pensioner and a gang of children smashing up a London council estate.

Jackson is the only artist with two videos in the top 20, with the clip for 'Billie Jean' – also from Thriller – at number five.

The video for Fatboy Slim's 'Praise You', which topped a survey of MTV's British viewers in 2001, ranks 19th according to the industry panel. The oldest entry, at number 18, is Queen's 1975 hit 'Bohemian Rhapsody', credited by many with establishing the pop video as a major art form.

Sun, January 30 2005 » Main Page, Minutiae