Plus, new clips from Gorillaz, matchbox twenty and others

By Jim Farber
Updated July 16, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

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GORILLAZ ”Clint Eastwood” Every happy song about hallucinogens should have an animated video to accompany it. For this rap-reggae ode to ”sunshine in a bag,” the British group Gorillaz (headed by Blur’s Damon Albarn) hired artist Jamie Hewlett, the man behind the cult comic ”Tank Girl.” Hewlett’s images veer between the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons (Gorillaz doing ‘N Sync steps) and bad trips (apes on a rampage). The result offers such a clever fantasia, viewers may experience a natural high. A

AT THE DRIVE-IN ”Invalid Litter Dept.” Can music videos do the job of journalism? Probably not, but don’t try telling that to At the Drive-In. This thrashing El Paso band wanted to report on an unsolved terror spree that has taken the lives of scores of Mexican women near their Tex-Mex border home. It’s a big story and Drive-In apparently had a small budget. So they resorted to a classic cinematic ”no-no”¨ — telling more than they show. To cover the basics, they scrawled text over nearly every shot. Luckily, the graininess of the film and the tattered headlines and bloody police photos capture a sense of foreboding without veering into ”America’s Most Wanted” seaminess. Better yet, the band’s music makes the best possible soundtrack for dread. B+

MATCHBOX TWENTY ”Mad Season” A humble pop star is like a nice Nazi — hard to picture. But matchbox twenty’s latest clip makes a convincing case for the guys as normal Joes caught up in the maw of stardom. In a scene right out of ”A Hard Day’s Night,” they’re mobbed at an airport by fans hell-bent on tearing the roof off their limousine. But when the kids finally break through, they don’t want the band members at all, only the ”Rock Star” pendants that hang around their necks. The point? Fame is an accessory that has little to do with the person wearing it. Good for matchbox for recognizing that flimsy privilege and having the humor to send it up. B

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MISSY ELLIOTT ”Get Ur Freak On” Any song as percussively odd as this one deserves an equally freaky edit. Director David Meyers came up with a doozy, cutting his images in concert with the choppy beat. In his best jerky moment, Myers freezes the image, then folds parts of it to create something MTV has never before seen: video origami. B+

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