Music videos -- A look at pieces from Alanis Morisette, Republica, and others

By Jim Farber
November 01, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

”Head Over Feet”
Alanis Morissette
Isn’t it ironic that rock’s biggest-selling female still tries to sell herself as an artist on the edge? To perpetuate that image, Morissette ostentatiously tosses a few rules to the wind in her latest clip. She refuses to deliver a polished lip-synch, instead subbing what looks like rehearsal footage. Her other big idea — to center the whole video on a close-up of her puss staring out at you — comes via Sinead O’Connor’s blubbery ”Nothing Compares 2 U.” It’s a rip-off, don’t ya think? D

”Ready to Go”
Speed always thrills in music video. But director Michael Geoghegan brings velocity to a bracing new level in his clip for this British dance-pop act; he intensifies a disorienting film technique from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. As the band’s singer, Saffron, gorges on attitude, Geoghegan’s camera flies around her in a frantic series of ”crash zooms” and ”contra zooms,” making the background collapse and swell like an accordion. Dizzyingly good. A

”You Were Meant for Me”
So much for Jewel, sensitive folksinger. The Alaskan chanteuse writhes and coos like a young Madonna in the making. Using a blue background — the better to flatter her blond locks — Jewel undulates in her undies, poses with an off-the-shoulder bedsheet, and generally adopts a look of erotically glamorous disappointment. Anyone who didn’t take Jewel seriously before now knows not to bother. C

Leave it to cheeky director Jesse Peretz to satirize something that began as a satire. Last year he drew howls for his send-up of those Mentos ads in the Foo Fighters’ ”Big Me” clip. Now for this ska-punk band he offers a wicked salute to those ’60s parodies of sitcom normalcy, The Munsters and The Addams Family. Peretz’s alterna-family consists of blackened traffic-sign silhouettes come to life. The dark figures make their candy-colored suburban surroundings seem eerie and bizarrely sweet. Some satires were built to last. A