A notorious Top of the Pops 'performance' from 1988...
Simply coming from looking at ideas for a female performer, here's a few female acts you could look at. (Wiki on all-female bands amongst many lists you could consider)
Honeyblood (YT channel)
A 2-piece act with some smart videos maximizing the potential of limited locations, for example Bud:
ALL ABOUT EVE
Martha's Harbour, a 1988 hit, remains an iconic example of ethereal pop music, often featured on 'chill out' and 'ambient' soundtracks, with several remixes also floating around.
|Fans have filled the void with their own videos - you could create the definitive version, and create a sizeable online following in doing so... The top hits for this still popular track are mostly fan-made stills montage videos|
Despite the notorious Top of the Pops appearance, there's no official video for the track; the playlist below features 1 of many fan-made videos, a simple stills montage.
Their Vevo channel has just one video, and this is it...
BELLY - SEAL MY FATE
We'd discussed the Super-16 look; that washed out, colour flare, damaged aesthetic - which has been clumsily overdone in many videos. You can see it here in this Belly video, one of several I've grabbed from a 4AD playlist (a particularly significant, alternative Indie label, part of the Beggars empire - as is Craig McNeill, who we'll hear from shortly at the ASFF...). Fairly conventional performance video overall, including some horsing around footage which gives a sense of privileged access - the specific trick with the drumsticks is rather nice:
Tarnation also use a Super-16 style in their very basic You'll Understand video.
LUSH - LADYKILLERS
Key technique here is using pans as a tool for dynamic editing, panning left and continuing or reversing the action in the following shot, sometimes using it almost as a wipe effect. The film titles-style playing with shapes is noteworthy. You could argue the flashing light effect is overdone, but it connects to the nightclub element of the lyric. The studio setup is a bit different too, and the shot variety, angles and sheer pace of editing all help to get across how brimming with attitude this band are.
PALE SAINTS - KINKY LOVE
We'd talked about colour correction and filming with filters, gels ... this one achieves a simply sumptuous colour palate (which is also quite alien).
DEAD CAN DANCE -
Basically, a little bit mad... Animation, weird costumes, highly abstract...
THE BREEDERS - SAINTS
Pixies bassist Kim Deal got fed up getting limited songwriting opportunities in The Pixies, and enjoyed huge success with her sister in The Breeders...
Setting up in the snow; some nicely shaped layering (within the bass drum); fisheye shots; taking the focus-on-vocalist a step on with the band almost zombified while she plays to the camera; and I wonder if Pussy Riot nicked the colour balaclava idea from here?
COCTEAU TWINS - HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS
An absolute frenzy of layering, rolling between an unusual application of rule-of-thirds and halving the frame.