Shearer’s Spotlight: The Top Five Music Videos Set Inside A Restaurant


Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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To provide a decent and affordable dine-in meal experience for his home peeps of New Jersey, this week Jon Bon Jovi opened up The Soul Kitchen: A “pay-what-you-can” restaurant that also doubles as a volunteer-based community project.

In celebration of its grand opening, here are my favorite music videos set inside a restaurant:

5) Cee Lo, “F*** You”
Usually when a man screams “F’ YOU!” inside a diner, he is asked to leave; Cee Lo was asked to play the Grammys.

4) Radiohead, “High And Dry”
Back in the day when Radiohead made music for the masses, they also crafted some really good music videos. This classic includes a brief case, a time bomb, a key hidden inside a cup of mayonnaise, and Thom Yorke impatiently shuffling around the restaurant because he couldn’t fit into a booth with the rest of his band mates.

3) God Lives Underwater, “From Your Mouth”
No, technically this music video does not take place inside of a restaurant, but how I could I not include it on this list? Professional eater, Hirofumi Nakajima, devours a table full of food…in reverse!

2) Gnarls Barkley, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?”
Before Cee Lo was telling people to f’ off in a diner, he witnessed the unbelievable sight of a heart taking its own life.

1) Reel Big Fish, “Sell Out”
What can I say? I’ve been there, working a fast food job and dreaming of rock n’ roll super stardom. It doesn’t hurt that this video’s images are backed by one of the catchiest songs of the ’90s ska revival.

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