I have created a hypothetical fad of the future: Novelty contact lenses with a water-tight layer of thermotropic liquid crystals. This is the material used in mood rings.
Imagine if one contact lens could be all these colours?
Your eyes could change to anything within the normal spectrum of human eye colour. I call this product: ALL EYES ON YOU. Get it? All eyes on you? Ha. Yeah...
But stupid hypothetical marketing name aside, apart from the fact people might be a bit nervous to have thermotropic crystals so near their light detecting organs, it could be a good seller - on the novelty factor alone.
The real reason I am talking about eyes though, is less about a potential money spinner, and more about the newly released How to Destroy Angels (HTDA) music video "How Long". HTDA is a musical collaboration between Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor, and wife Mariqueen Maandig but on a side note, I don't care how many cool things Reznor has done, it's almost eclipsed by that trainwreck of a bandname: How to Destroy Angels. Could it be anymore teenage goth? It's so 90's it practically bleeds black lipstick.
Thankfully, in my opinion "How Long" as a song and music video are not too bad. View it on the NPR website here.
There were three things I was immediately reminded of during watching it, these were:
- Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" (thematically)
- When Doves Cry - cover by Quinton Tarver from the 1997 Romeo and Juliet - OST (musically)
- the repeated use of "glowing eyes" as a motif in music videos.
Glowing Eyes in Music Videos 101:
1. From the imagination of art director Rob Sheridan. "How Long" - How to Destroy Angels.
2. "Midnight City" by M83 and they liked their glowing eyes so much they repeated it in "Reunion" a couple of years later.
3. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler.
The one that inspired them all?
I wonder if this music video makes any more sense now than it did back when it was released.
Glowing eyes in music videos. What does it all mean? TVTropes describe glowing eyes as a character designer's "shorthand" for suggesting power. Glowing eyes usually suggest the person or thing in possession of them is supernatural or alien. That works for No.2 and No.3 of the above, but in terms of "How Long" - it's a dystopic view of our own future so perhaps the interpretation is that in one version of the future we are no longer human as we know it or that we lose our humanity.
Glowing eyes in music videos. It's a thing.