Metal Mondays: Metal's First Music Videos Ooze Green Jellÿ

There's never been a huge a market for heavy metal music videos. Praise is far and few between, and they don't garner awards like pop music videos, clips like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which won seven MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, and even grabbed a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video.

But that's not to say that there isn't a wealth of great vids out there: Miss May I recently premiered a new music video for their song "Hey Mister," an anthem of crunching, dueling guitars and extreme double bass (a talented drummer gets my vote every time), and it got me thinking about my favorite metal videos. Top contenders? In This Moments' "Gun Show," Pantera's "I'm Broken" and Slipknot's "Duality." Raw metal at its finest hour, accompanied by stunning visuals.

And after wasting several of my own hours browsing through heavy metal videos (and daydreaming about hot-ass Maria Brink), I started thinking about some of the first heavy music videos that appeared on the scene. MTV took the airwaves in 1981, which made me think about one of my favorite bands from that year, Green Jellÿ.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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