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Directors Label

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Directors Label is a series of DVDs devoted to notable music video directors.

First released in 2003 by Palm Pictures, the series was created by Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry, the subjects of the first three volumes. Four new volumes were released in 2005, this time featuring Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn and Stéphane Sednaoui. A second volume of Gondry's work was released exclusively on his website.

Though another series has not yet been confirmed, other directors rumoured to be in future releases are Mike Mills, Shynola, Samuel Bayer, Jonas Åkerlund, Tarsem, David LaChapelle, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Roman Coppola, as well as a separate hip-hop and R&B series featuring Paul Hunter, Director X, and Chris Robinson.[1] Although not released under the Directors Label name, a DVD of Hype Williams' work, as well as a second volume of Gondry's work, has been released.[2][3]

In 2010, several years after the last collection was released, Palm Pictures issued a DVD collection of videos by Hammer & Tongs exclusively in the United Kingdom.


  • 1 Volume 1: The Work of Director Spike Jonze
    • 1.1 Track listing
  • 2 Volume 2: The Work of Director Chris Cunningham
    • 2.1 Music videos
    • 2.2 Other Work
    • 2.3 52 Page Book
  • 3 Volume 3: The Work of Director Michel Gondry
    • 3.1 Music videos
    • 3.2 Special Features
    • 3.3 Stories And Things
    • 3.4 52 Page Book
    • 3.5 Omissions
  • 4 Volume 4: The Work of Director Mark Romanek
    • 4.1 Music videos
    • 4.2 Special Features
    • 4.3 56 Page Book
  • 5 Volume 5: The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer
    • 5.1 Music videos
    • 5.2 Special Features
    • 5.3 Films
    • 5.4 Tramp
    • 5.5 56 Page Book
  • 6 Volume 6: The Work of Director Anton Corbijn
    • 6.1 Music videos
    • 6.2 Special Features (stuff)
    • 6.3 56 Page Book
  • 7 Volume 7: The Work of Director Stephane Sednaoui
    • 7.1 Music videos
    • 7.2 Special Features
    • 7.3 56 Page Book
  • 8 The Hammer & Tongs Collection
    • 8.1 Music videos
    • 8.2 Special Features
  • 9 Series 1 Box Set
    • 9.1 Spike Jonze
    • 9.2 Michel Gondry
    • 9.3 Chris, Spike + Michel
  • 10 Series 2 Box Set
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Volume 1: The Work of Director Spike Jonze

The first installment of the series centered on director Spike Jonze and was released on October 28, 2003. It includes interviews and audio commentaries from musicians including Fatboy Slim, Weezer, The Pharcyde, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Björk, Christopher Walken and Puffy. The making of "Drop" with The Pharcyde. Also includes Beastie Boys commentary on a selection of the videos. The accompanied book comprises Jonze's photographs, drawings and interviews.

Track listing

All videos directed by Spike Jonze, except where noted.

Side one
2."Sure Shot"Beastie Boys3:26
3."Drop"The Pharcyde3:33
4."Cannonball" (co-directed with Kim Gordon)The Breeders3:43
5."Sabotage"Beastie Boys3:02
6."Da Funk"Daft Punk5:39
7."What's Up Fatlip?"Fatlip3:22
8."Undone (The Sweater Song)"Weezer4:13
9."Praise You" (directed as a part of Torrance Community Dance Group with Roman Coppola)Fatboy Slim5:46
10."Feel the Pain"Dinosaur Jr.4:38
11."If I Only Had a Brain"MC 900 Ft. Jesus3:33
12."Sky's the Limit"The Notorious B.I.G.4:53
13."Weapon of Choice"Fatboy Slim3:46
14."Buddy Holly"Weezer4:00
15."Elektrobank"The Chemical Brothers5:47
16."It's Oh So Quiet"Björk3:59
Side two
1."How They Get There"2:25
2."Mark Paints"1:04
3."The Oasis Video that Never Happened" 
4."Rockafeller Skank"2:54
5."The Woods"1:26
6."What's Up Fatlip? (the documentary)"43:59
7."Amarillo by Morning" 
8."Torrance Rises" 

Volume 2: The Work of Director Chris Cunningham

Music videos

  • "Second Bad Vilbel" by Autechre
  • "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin
  • "Only You" by Portishead
  • "Frozen" by Madonna
  • "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield featuring Afrika Bambaataa
  • "Come On My Selector" by Squarepusher
  • "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin
  • "All Is Full of Love" by Björk

Other Work

  • Monkey Drummer - Video installation. Featuring music by Aphex Twin
  • flex - Excerpt from video installation. Featuring music by Aphex Twin
  • Mental Wealth - PlayStation commercial
  • Photocopier - Never seen Levi's commercial
  • Engine - Nissan commercial, featuring music by Boards of Canada
  • Windowlicker - Bleeped version

52 Page Book

Behind the scenes photographs, storyboards, sketchbook drawings, record cover art and interview

Volume 3: The Work of Director Michel Gondry

Music videos

  • "The Hardest Button to Button" by The White Stripes
  • "Come into My World" by Kylie Minogue
  • "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" by The White Stripes
  • "Fell in Love with a Girl" by The White Stripes
  • "Star Guitar" by The Chemical Brothers
  • "Let Forever Be" by The Chemical Brothers
  • "Jóga" by Björk
  • "Deadweight" by Beck
  • "Bachelorette" by Björk
  • "Everlong" by Foo Fighters
  • "Around the World" by Daft Punk
  • "Sugar Water" by Cibo Matto
  • "Hyperballad" by Björk
  • "Like a Rolling Stone" by The Rolling Stones
  • "Army of Me" by Björk
  • "Isobel" by Björk
  • "Protection" by Massive Attack
  • "Lucas with the Lid Off" by Lucas
  • "Human Behaviour" by Björk
  • "Le Mia" by IAM
  • "La Tour De Pise" by Jean Francois Coen
  • "Ma Maison" by Oui Oui
  • "Bolide" by Oui Oui
  • "Junior Et Sa Voix D'or" by Oui Oui
  • "Les Cailloux" by Oui Oui
  • "Un Joyeux Noel" by Oui Oui
  • "La Ville" by Oui Oui

Special Features

  • I've Been 12 Forever (Parts 1 & 2)

Stories And Things

  • La Lettre
  • One Day
  • Lacuna Inc
  • Drugstore - Levi's Commercial
  • Smarienberg - Schmiernoff Commercial
  • Resignation - Polaroid Commercial
  • Drumb and Drumber
  • Pecan Pie - A short film starring Jim Carrey
  • Three Dead People
  • My Brother's 24th Birthday
  • Tiny
  • Spin Art
  • Oui Oui - Live concert footage
  • Spike Jonze
  • Chris Cunningham

52 Page Book

Michel's stories, drawings photographs & interviews.


Trailers for "Volume 3: The Work Of Director Michel Gondry" (found on the Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVDs, as well as on Palm Pictures' website) include clips of, as well as references to, Gondry's heavily autobiographical video for Radiohead's "Knives Out." It is unclear why this video was omitted from the final DVD; however, as of June 2008, it is available on the compilation DVD Radiohead: The Best Of, released by EMI after the band had left its contract.

On August 2009, "Knives Out" along with other omissions and more recent works of Gondry's were released on a follow-up DVD appropriately titled, "Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1)' for sale exclusively on

Volume 4: The Work of Director Mark Romanek

Music videos

  • "99 Problems" (director's cut) by Jay-Z
  • "Faint" by Linkin Park
  • "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Hurt" by Johnny Cash
  • "Cochise" (director's cut) by Audioslave
  • "Hella Good" (director's cut) by No Doubt
  • "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger
  • "Got 'til It's Gone" by Janet Jackson
  • "Criminal" by Fiona Apple
  • "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails
  • "Devils Haircut" by Beck
  • "El Scorcho" (director's cut) by Weezer
  • "Novocaine for the Soul" by Eels
  • "Little Trouble Girl" by Sonic Youth
  • "Scream" (director's cut) by Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
  • "Bedtime Story" by Madonna
  • "Strange Currencies" by R.E.M.
  • "Cold Beverage" by G. Love & Special Sauce
  • "Closer" (director's cut) by Nine Inch Nails
  • "Jump They Say" by David Bowie
  • "Rain" by Madonna
  • "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz
  • "Wicked as It Seems" (director's cut) by Keith Richards
  • "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue
  • "Constant Craving" by k.d. lang

Special Features

  • The Work of Director Mark Romanek (38-minute documentary)
  • Romanekian - Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Robin Williams discuss Mark's work
  • The Making of "99 Problems"
  • Interviews and commentaries

56 Page Book

Includes photographs by Mark Romanek and Spike Jonze interview with Mark

Volume 5: The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer

Music videos

  • "Street Spirit" by Radiohead
  • "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai
  • "A Song for the Lovers" by Richard Ashcroft
  • "Into My Arms" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • "Rabbit in Your Headlights" by UNKLE
  • "The Universal" by Blur
  • "Karma Police" by Radiohead
  • "Karmacoma" by Massive Attack

Special Features

  • Ride - Wrangler commercial
  • Surfer (extended) - Guinness commercial
  • Swim Back - Guinness commercial
  • Dreamer - Guinness commercial
  • Protection - Volkswagen commercial
  • Last Orders - Stella Artois commercial
  • Whip Round - Stella Artois commercial
  • Kung Fu - Levi's commercial
  • Odyssey - Levi's commercial
  • Bull - Barclays commercial featuring Samuel L. Jackson
  • Chicken - Barclays commercial featuring Samuel L. Jackson
  • Interviews and Commentaries


  • Sexy Beast (excerpt) You're the Problem
  • Interviews with Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley
  • Birth (excerpt) Central Park
  • Interviews with Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Harris Savides, Milo Addica and Jean-Claude Carrière


Paul Kaye

56 Page Book

Includes photographs, sketches, storyboards and interview.

Volume 6: The Work of Director Anton Corbijn

Music videos

  • "Dr. Mabuse" by Propaganda
  • "Red Guitar" by David Sylvian
  • "Seven Seas" by Echo & the Bunnymen
  • "Quiet Eyes" by Golden Earring
  • "The Game" by Echo and the Bunnymen
  • "Behind the Wheel" by Depeche Mode
  • "Atmosphere" by Joy Division
  • "My Secret Place" by Joni Mitchell with Peter Gabriel
  • "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode
  • "One" (director's cut) by U2
  • "Straight to You" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • "Walking in My Shoes" by Depeche Mode
  • "Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana
  • "Liar" by Rollins Band
  • "Hero of the Day" by Metallica
  • "Mama Said" by Metallica
  • "Barrel of a Gun" by Depeche Mode
  • "It's No Good" by Depeche Mode
  • "Bleibt Alles Anders" by Herbert Grönemeyer
  • "Opus 40" by Mercury Rev
  • "Goddess on a Hiway" by Mercury Rev
  • "In the Sun" by Joseph Arthur
  • "Mensch" by Herbert Grönemeyer
  • "Electrical Storm" by U2
  • "Re-Offender" by Travis
  • "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers

Special Features (stuff)

  • Beck and Dave Grohl MTV Promos
  • U2 - The Making of "Electrical Storm"
  • Some YoYo Stuff
  • Travis - Love Will Come Through (home made video with Fran Healy)
  • Depeche Mode - "It's No Good" tour projections
  • Palais Schaumburg - Hockey (Anton's first music video)
  • Front 242 - Front By Front
  • NotNa - a documentary by Lance Bangs about Anton[4]
  • Interviews and commentaries

56 Page Book

Anton's photos, text and drawings.

Volume 7: The Work of Director Stephane Sednaoui

Music videos

  • "I Can't Wait" by Mirwais
  • "For Real" by Tricky
  • "Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Disco Science" by Mirwais
  • "Lotus" by R.E.M.
  • "Possibly Maybe" by Björk
  • "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette
  • "Pumpkin" by Tricky
  • "Queer" by Garbage
  • "Hell Is Around the Corner" by Tricky
  • "Sly" by Massive Attack
  • "7 Seconds" by Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry
  • "Big Time Sensuality" by Björk
  • "Big Time Sensuality" (night version) by Björk
  • "Sometimes Salvation" by The Black Crowes
  • "Mysterious Ways" by U2
  • "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Le Monde De Demain" by NTM
  • "Discoteque" (new director's cut) by U2

Special Features

  • Walk on the Wild Side - Short film featuring Lou Reed and inspired by his song
  • Army of Me - Animation inspired by Björk's song
  • Acqua Natasa - Short film featuring Natasa Vojnovic
  • Reve Reche - Stephane's first short film attempt
  • Interviews and Commentaries
  • Stephane's presentation at New York University Film School

56 Page Book

Diary of photos, storyboards, sketches and comments

The Hammer & Tongs Collection

Palm Pictures released a DVD collection of videos by Hammer & Tongs - the duo of director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith - on November 22, 2010.[5] Although a Director's Label set for the duo had long been planned, the eventual DVD set did not carry the name. However, press coverage of the set universally referred to the collection as a part of The Director's Label. It is the only collection of music videos released by Palm Pictures since the Stephane Sednaoui set and was only made available in Europe.

Music videos

  • "Coffee & TV" by Blur
  • "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend
  • "Cousins" by Vampire Weekend
  • "Nude" by Radiohead
  • "Imitation of Life" by R.E.M.
  • "Help the Aged" by Pulp
  • "A Little Soul" by Pulp
  • "Low C" by Supergrass
  • "Pumping on Your Stereo" by Supergrass
  • "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out" by Bentley Rhythm Ace
  • "Theme from Gutbuster" by Bentley Rhythm Ace
  • "Disillusion" by Badly Drawn Boy
  • "Spitting in the Wind" by Badly Drawn Boy
  • "Lost Cause by Beck
  • "Big Fan" by The Wannadies
  • "Hit" by The Wannadies
  • "Little by Little" by The Wannadies
  • "The Flipside" by Moloko
  • "Right Here, Right Now" by Fatboy Slim
  • "Cancer for the Cure" by Eels
  • "Last Stop: This Town" by Eels[5]

Special Features

  • Interviews and commentaries

Series 1 Box Set

Shortly after the release of the first three volumes, Palm Pictures released a box set including all three plus a bonus disc featuring more recent content. Because no additional Cunningham videos were included on the disc, the box set also included a poster with images from the Cunningham disc. Those who purchased the three volumes individually could receive the bonus disc and poster by e-mailing Palm Pictures, but Palm Pictures is no longer able to provide the bonus DVD and Poster.

Spike Jonze

  • "Y Control" (uncut version) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Island in the Sun" by Weezer
  • "Invisible Boards" - A short film excerpt from Yeah Right! a Girl Skateboards film (Co-directed with Rick Howard)

Michel Gondry

  • "I Wonder" by The Willowz
  • "Ossamuch!" by Kishu & Co. (original short)

Chris, Spike + Michel

  • Q&A at Virgin

Series 2 Box Set

Palm Pictures released a box set of Volumes 4-7 immediately upon their individual releases. Unlike the first box set, there was no additional content save for the box itself.


  1. ^ "MTV Movies | Features and Interviews". Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  2. ^ "Palm Store: Hype Williams: The Videos Vol. 1". Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  3. ^ An Interview With Director Michel Gondry, forums
  4. ^ NotNa on IMDb
  5. ^ a b Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Blur, Pulp on Hammer & Tongs Video Collection DVD - Pitchfork

External links

  • Official website ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link))