Lady Gaga's going the reliable route for her "Edge of Glory" video, enlisting veteran director Joseph Kahn. OK, he might not be a household name to you but trust us: Joseph Kahn has directed pretty much every other music video out there. Including some MTV and Grammy award-winning ones.
If we linked every Kahn video, we'd crash your browser. (His official site has a list, if you're curious and OK with Flash sites.) But just to jog your memory a bit, here are a few highlights:
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
BIG THEME: Color coordination among girl-group members.
Very much a video of its time (and fairly shocking at the time, because LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett weren't in it) but it's a style Kahn had quite the contribution to. And face it: the color-blocking is undeniably cool.
Britney Spears - Toxic
BIG THEME: Britney's eleven-or-so costume changes.
This was one of the MTV Best Video recipients and definitely a high point in Spears' videography. Kahn also directed "Stronger" and "Womanizer," the latter in particular seeming like a post-Blackout attempt to bring Spears' image back to "Toxic" levels.
Eminem - Without Me
BIG THEME: Superhero comics.
Eminem is Rap Man! Battling the forces of the empty radio landscape, Chris Kirpatrick, Moby and techno, vanquishing all but the last! The video's as wacky and cartoony as you'd expect from this point in Em's career, and for what it is, it works (and won him a Grammy as well as a VMA). Hey, speaking of Em's career:
Eminem - Love The Way You Lie
BIG THEME: Domestic abuse, treated seriously; Megan Fox, treated as stunt casting.
This got a lot of press for casting Dominic Monaghan and (especially) Megan Fox, but in retrospect, what's more impressive is how much restraint Kahn showed with what could've been highly sensationalized material.
Lady Gaga - LoveGame
BIG THEME: Synchronized-dancing criminals.
Gaga in bullet-bangs and leotards vintage You almost have to feel bad for Kahn here--"LoveGame" was the last Gaga video that wasn't a "Paparazzi"-courting Event. But while it might not be as big as the rest of the list, "LoveGame" proves Kahn and Gaga can make a decent video. (Kahn also directed "Eh, Eh," but that's not as decent.) But can they go over the edge? We'll have to wait until the inevitable leak.