By Jim Farber
Updated February 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

GREEN DAY ”Warning” Given the right circumstances, foolish behavior can be stirring. In the band’s latest clip, a teenager blissfully defies every rule our mothers ever told us. He runs with scissors. He stares directly into an eclipse. He even cheerfully accepts candy from a stranger. Yet, as Billie Joe Armstrong’s satiric lyrics make clear, the point isn’t self-obliteration. It’s encouragement for overcontrolled kids to ”live without warning” — without the fears that make our lives small. By delivering that message with such wit, Green Day make taking risks seem like a snap. A

DEFTONES ”Back to School” Most music videos set in high schools take the Twisted Sister approach, tweaking authority with more whimsy than malice. But the Deftones‘ clip has a piss and vinegar not seen (or heard) since those kids kicked up the bleachers in Nirvana‘s ”Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Of course, this can’t have the same revolutionary effect. But the Deftones‘ spiky music and the clip’s snarling images capture the most timeless reason for student rebellion — for the hell of it. B+

COLDPLAY ”Yellow” Call it a coincidence, but two of the few clips by British bands to crack the U.S. market in the last several years look at the same idea from opposite angles. The Verve‘s ”Bitter Sweet Symphony” offered a single shot of a mysterious and surly singer (Richard Ashcroft) bullying his way down a crowded urban street. Coldplay‘s breakthrough piece offers a single shot of the band’s earnest and ecstatic singer (Chris Martin) wafting his way across a gorgeously empty beach. As with the Verve‘s video hit, Coldplay‘s probably snared MTV’s flagging attention by winnowing everything down to one emotion: joyous surrender. B

SNOOP DOGG ”Snoop Dogg” Gangsta-rap videos may seem like acts of self-parody these days, but few intentionally attempt anything that cool. Hats off, then, to street hero Snoop Dogg, for having the gall to send himself up in his new clip. He offers a winning rank on both his own affront to diction and his ridiculous fashion sense. The comedic tone holds so strongly, in fact, that even when the cliché cool dudes and curvy babes turn up, they seem as much a put-on as a way to hard-sell the product. B