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Music Video Analysis

using Goodwin’s Theory Wonderwall - Oasis

By Daniel Brewer

Andrew Goodwin’s Theory

1) Music videos demonstrate genre characteristics

2) Thought beats. There is a relationship between the lyrics and visuals.

3) Narrative and performance. There is a relationship between the music and visuals

4)The demands of the record label will include the need for lots of close ups of the artist and the artist may develop motifs which recur across their work. (Star Image)

5) Relation of visuals to song. There is frequently references to notion of looking (screens within screens , mirrors, stages, etc) and particularly sexualised treatment of females.

6) There are often intertextual references to things such as films, TV programmes and other music videos.

7) Technical aspects hold the music video together, through the use of camera work, movement angle, mise-en- scene, editing, sound and special effects.

Wonderwall - OASIS

Aspects of The Genre

The song Wonderwall by Oasis has similar codes and conventions to other Indie Pop Songs.

In accordance with other videos from the Genre, Oasis seems to be a low budget production due to the video being filmed in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse which allow greater focus on the performance as opposed to what is happening.

To further align with the Indie Pop genre, Wonderwall is a performance video where you can see the band play which helps draw the focus towards Oasis and their talents, however this performance is broken up with small concepts allowing the video to be more memorable instead of a Narrative in accordance with the genre as a whole. Oasis achieve this through the band members goofing around the warehouse, shots of clowns, performers and a rack of swinging saws and a rack of swinging guitars.

Thought Beats → Structure

ofWonderwall

song

seems to be quite a repetitive song with what seems to be 2 main verses (that

are slightly changed and then repeated) with a simple chorus.

The chorus: “Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me and after all you’re my wonderwall” has three variations. The “choruses” are repeated four times throughout the duration of the song. Along with the chorus there is two main verses that are changed slightly throughout the song, these being (as they are first found): “Today is gonna be the day, that they’re gonna throw it back to you, by now you should’ve somehow realised what you gotta do, I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now” the second verse being “And all the roads we have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding, there are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don’t know how.These verses and chorus account for 8/9 of the overall song, thus showing a large amount of repeatability

Thought Beats → Voice of the song / Mode of Address

The main singer of Oasis has his own

signature, which is his dark black round glasses

This video is a concept video mixed with performance elements

Thought Beats → Voice of the song / Mode of Address The main singer of Oasis

The lyrics relate to theme of love and relationships. Which is something typical of the Indie Pop genre. Oasis are acting as storytellers here and telling us the story of a broken relationship where the woman has left the man.

Narrative and Performance

Wonderwall doesn’t have a narrative within the music video and therefore abides to Goodwin’s theory that the common narrative should be avoided.

Goodwin suggests that the lip syncing should remain the heart of the music video, within Wonderwall this is mostly the case.

The music video however does have repeatability as the similar verses and choruses are repeated similar scenes are repeated on screen - such as the band sat in a row and the band playing with some distance between them.

Star Image (s)

Within music videos it is important to have a star image. This is done with Oasis’ Wonderwall. Typically the star image is one main “artist” however within Wonderwall the band share their stardom through the use of various close ups.

To achieve the star image through this video Oasis are either presented as a group sat in a row with a mid shot so all members can be onscreen at one time, or there are extreme close ups of each member's head quickly shown after one another.

In addition to the individual shots given to each group member, the main singers in this clip have extra close ups to further push their star image out and show off their talents.

Star Image (s) Within music videos it is important to have a star image. This is
Star Image (s) Within music videos it is important to have a star image. This is

Relation of Visuals to the Song

Illustration visuals are used within Wonderwall,

this is because the meaning is implied of a recently terminated relationship, and the band are wandering around being bored and alone, sat together as a group in a row or sat with distance between them.

Relation of Visuals to the Illustration visuals are used within Wonderwall, this is because the meaning

The visuals are linked with both the lyrics and the instruments in play. At the lyric “Are blinding” the colours invert and are restored quickly multiple times. Additionally as the drum speeds up shot durations become shorter and then return as the drummer relaxes.

Relation of Visuals to the Illustration visuals are used within Wonderwall, this is because the meaning

Intertextual References

It appears as though there are no on- screen intertextual relations within Wonderwall, however Noel Gallagher (lead guitarist and principal songwriter of Oasis) has said to have been inspired from Wonderwall Music. Wonderwall music is an instrumental album from George Harrison which was written in 1968 for the Movie Wonderwall.

Intertextual References It appears as though there are no on- screen intertextual relations within Wonderwall, however

Technical Aspects of The Music Video

Camera → In accordance with star image, most of the

shots containing the band are mid shots so they are

closer to the audience and take a larger proportion of the screen. However establishing shots are also used to show the band, and a large amount of distance between them which helps symbolise the distance between the couple who have broken up.

Technical Aspects of The Music Video Camera → In accordance with star image, most of the
Technical Aspects of The Music Video Camera → In accordance with star image, most of the

Beat →The beat of the song is slow and melodic, this is also shown in the editing of the individual clips as they are long clips with slow fades between each clip. Occasionally there is a quick edit of roughly three clips which can show the confusion between the male and female in the relationship.

Technical Aspects of the Music Video

Lighting and Colour → The lighting within Wonderwall is predominantly white with no colour,

just black and white imagery and occasional colour pops. This black and white colour can show the depression and sadness within the band for losing the relationship. The colour pops are blue green and yellow. Each of these colours can have a negative connotation. Blue for depression from the loss of the relationship, Yellow for the fear of being alone and green, the colour of envy and wanting the girl.

Mise - en - scene → The main setting for Wonderwall seems to be a warehouse or storage unit. The props being used seem to be like those found in a “barber shop” along with instruments and a random rack of saws. Costuming for Oasis seems to be a simple shirt (plain or checked) with jeans (and some with a big coat on) which shows the audience that they’re just normal people feeling normal emotions. The emotions seen within the video are either happiness or sadness and depression. There are also some scenes of boredom.