newsThe perfect Christmas gift: The Hammer & Tongs Collection
Hammer & Tongs's long-awaited DVD collection of their legendary music videos features all the classics for Blur, Fatboy Slim, Supergrass, Pulp, Beck, REM, Badly Drawn Boy, Vampire Weekend and many more.
There are H&T's short films, and delightful 'home movie' footage of the Tongs' Garth Jennings, Nick Goldsmith and (when he was part of the team) Dom Leung making the vids, and their movies Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow.
There are also various audio commentaries with the vids, from the musicians featured in the collection, including Jarvis Cocker, Graham Coxon, Norman Cook, Damon Gough and Ezra Koenig.
But as Garth revealed, writing a great article in the Guardian on Monday (Kanye Killed My Video), there were so many more brilliant Tongs ideas that never got made - for the likes of U2, Pulp, White Stripes, and Kanye. Even the ones that got away are an inspiration - and now we know it wasn't just the ads and the movies that kept the Tongs from making vids in the Noughties.
But the vids they did make can be cherished in the Hammer & Tongs Collection, which would make a rather fine Christmas gift for any remotely creative young person who needs to know how good the pop vids really were back in the olden days.
If any more convincing is needed, check out the DVD trailer - which is actually the film put together for the UK Music Video Awards when Garth and Nick were presented with the Icon Award in October.
Over to you, Ken...
David Knight - 15th Dec 2010