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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 01:15 GMT 02:15 UK
Jonze dominates video poll
Jonze (centre) with Fatboy Slim (left) and Walken
Jonze (centre) with Fatboy Slim (left) and Walken
Director Spike Jonze has claimed the top two spots in a list of the best music videos of all time.

He took the number one spot for his video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice - featuring a dancing Christopher Walken - and the Beastie Boys' Sabotage was at number two.

Best music videos
1. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
2. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
3. Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
4. Blur - Coffee and TV
5. Radiohead - Street Spirit
Source: VH1
Jonze, who also directed the quirky hit film Being John Malkovich, beat acclaimed videos for artists like Michael Jackson and Jamiroquai.

UK artists took six of the top 10 spots on the list compiled by experts for music TV channel VH1.

The Weapon of Choice video, seen as an unconventional masterpiece, accompanied a single by UK dance music star Fatboy Slim.

It has won huge acclaim as well as a string of awards, including six prizes at last year's MTV Video Awards.

In it, The Deer Hunter star and trained dancer Walken is seen dancing around an empty hotel.

Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook, said the accolade was the biggest award he had ever received.

Michael Jackson in Thriller
Michael Jackson's Thriller was number six
"But I want to dedicate this to Spike Jonze and Christopher Walken because I was at home making a baby at the time they made the video," he said.

VH1's list of the top 100 videos of all time was compiled from a survey of musicians, directors and music industry figures.

A recent poll of the channel's viewers had put Jackson's Thriller in the top spot. But the experts only ranked it sixth.

The video for Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity was at number three, while Blur's Coffee and TV was fourth.

Big break

Another Jonze video made for Fatboy Slim was in the top 20 - Praise You came in at number 16.

Jonze, who is Francis Ford Coppola's son-in-law, got his big break in 1994 when he made the video to accompany Sabotage by the Beastie Boys.

His videos for other bands including Daft Punk, Bjork and REM have also become well-known.

He was nominated for an Oscar for best director in 2000 for Being John Malkovich, which starred Malkovich himself and Cameron Diaz.

See also:

07 Sep 01 | Music
Fatboy Slim rakes in MTV awards
01 Aug 01 | Music
Fatboy tops MTV birthday vote
03 Sep 99 | Entertainment
Inside the mind of Malkovich
07 Nov 00 | New Music Releases
CD Review: Fatboy Slim
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