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Aguilera, NIN, Ghostface Killah: bondage in music videos [NSFW]

Aguilera, NIN, Ghostface Killah: bondage in music videos [NSFW]
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Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, slithering around in bondage gear. It looked a little familiar, so we gathered up some of the music videos that no doubt inspired the pop star, coincidentally in celebration of Ground Zero's weekly (Saturday) Bondage A-Go-Go, a Minneapolis tradition for years.

Now you've seen the grossness, check out some more bondage-themed music videos:

Ghostface Killah - Stapleton Sex

Anyone can make a video with whips, ball-gags, and electrical-taped nipples. But it takes the lyrical audacity of a Ghostface Killah to make those visuals seem Telletubby-innocuous by comparison. When Mr. Killah says "This ain't no R&B dick, this is hood," he isn't kidding. But don't get it twisted, ladies: Pretty Toney is a sensitive gentleman who respects and understands you. The same year this video dropped, he released "Message From Ghostface" in support of Rihanna and victims of domestic violence everywhere.

 

NIN - Closer

Nothing says sexy times like screaming about fucking while standing in front of a piece of raw meat. Then again, NIN lead singer Trent Reznor never claimed to the romantic or subtle, just very committed. In his controversial video for "Closer" bondage is used between shots of naked women, a rotating pig head, and baby lizards chillin' in their nests. Whether Reznor is bound by fame, an intense love, or random money from beef lobbyists is unclear, though some shots in this production artfully are. The video was banned regardless; tying a monkey to a cross apparently was what threw it over the line.   

Madonna - Human Nature

In a vinyl outfit that likely inspired the Matrix's Trinity, Madonna prances through a sea of hot models and black ropes, imploring her audience to "express yourself, don't repress yourself." Modern-day Madonna has lost most of her sex appeal under the shadow of public bitchiness and a faux British accent, but in her mid-'90s prime, that skintight outfit no doubt helped nurture a whole generation of fetishists.

Hillary Duff - Reach Out

Inexplicably focusing on gothy bondage themes, this video features some cutesy ribbon-bound hands and a shot of Duff blindfolded. It's all pretty weak, especially the lame-ass "homage" to Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." Now we know where industrial music went to die, folks - at the hands of a blonde, corporate-produced sugar-pop Texan. This is why we can't have nice things.

 

Soft Cell - Sex Dwarf

If you're going to go all-out with the bondage imagery in a music video, you might as well take it to the next level. And by the next level we could only mean a butcher shop, little people and slabs of raw meat. Oh, and an orgy. Talk of culmination of all things sexy. We'd attempt to describe it, but just check it out for yourself. Words can't do it justice.

Adam Lambert - American Music Awards

The almost-American Idol brought bondage mainstream with his performance at the 2009 American Music Awards. He drags a dancer across the stage by her leg, pulls two crawling, bare-chested men on a leash around their necks, and simulates fellatio with another lucky performer (and yeah, you guessed it--Lambert's the one on the receiving end). Oh, and he kisses a guy. And Lambert's totally in heaven, because everybody is (hooray!) wearing leather.

The risque performance was definitely an attention-getter, and Lambert sopped it up to make a political statement. "I do feel like there's a bit of a double standard in the entertainment community, on television, on radio," Lambert told CNN backstage. "I feel like women performers have been pushing the envelope, especially, for the past 20 years. And all of the sudden a male does it and everybody goes 'Oh, we can't show that on TV.' For me, that's a form of discrimination and a double standard. And that's too bad."

Patrick Wolf - Vulture

Patrick Wolf describes his sexuality as "liberal," and was quoted as saying "I don't know whether I'm destined to live my life with a horse, a woman or a man." Is it any surprise that we find the UK pan-instrumentalist wearing little more than leather straps in this video? The song is apparently about a time Wolf got "involved in some dodgy satanic sex games" outside of Los Angeles. Color us unsurprised.

Marilyn Manson - (S)aint

Perhaps the most shocking thing Marilyn Manson could do at this point would be to make a video highlighting the doldrums of his day: Manson dressed in feetie-pajamas vacuuming his carpets, or Manson bringing his car to the shop for an oil change. Now that would really shake us to the core. But here, in the video for 2003's "(S)aint", we see the usual blood-covered, pasty Manson leering from behind his milky contact lens. Yawn. Oh, and there's nudity, bondage, and a prolonged scene in which Manson snorts three lines of coke off a glass table (naughty!), resulting in the video being banned in the States. You hear that, people? BANNED IN THE USA! Throw up your devil horns and let's do some bad things!


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