9 music videos with impressive bow ties

Hi, I'm Shige Aoki, a producer of Metal Butterfly.


It's the end of October and getting cold in the morning and evening. It seems like it was summer just a few weeks ago, but the seasons are changing quickly. It's time to get ready for winter.

As the owner of a bow-tie brand, I often think about how to coordinate my own fashion with Metal Butterfly bow tie. And I feel like I need to try to be colorful, because I've always admired "SAPEUR", the most fashion-conscious people in the world. This winter, I'm going to enjoy dressing up with Metal Butterfly bow tie more than usual.

So today, we're going to take a look at nine music videos with impressive bow tie outfits. Maybe you'll find some tips on how to wear a bow tie in a stylish way in these videos.

Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z "Suit & Tie"

Justin Timberlake collaborated with Jay-Z on "Suit & Tie. The video for this song is all in black and white and it's cool and classic. Justin dances and sings in a tuxedo with bow tie, which is very sexy. You may not be familiar with tuxedos in Japan because there are not many opportunities to wear them, but this video makes you want to wear a well-tailored tuxedo and bow tie to a party.

His collaboration with Jay-Z also became a hit on the charts in many countries. And it won Best Music Video at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014. The video was directed by David Fincher, famous for "Panic Room," "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" among others.

Pharrell Williams "Happy"

It would be harder to find someone who hasn't heard this song before, I think. That's how big a hit "Happy" was.

It charted at number one in a whopping 19 countries around the world. Right before Pharrell wrote the song, he had finished recording "Get Lucky" for Daft Punk, and was immediately starting work on his own album, due out the following year. Moreover, the song was actually originally supposed to be offered to another singer (Cee Lo Green). As it turned out, it was a good decision to sing it myself. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the world's first "24 Hour Music Video" and the massive amount of tribute videos posted on Youtube led to this song becoming a world hit.

Pharrell is an accomplished fashion designer as well. I would like to incorporate a bow tie in a casual and stylish way as he does, and he is very good at balancing the volume of the whole look, including the hat. Pharrell's favorite hat for various occasions at the time was the Vivienne Westwood mountain hat, but if you dig further into the hat's patronage, you'll find Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne's former partner and the man behind the Sex Pistols Also famous as. By the way, Vivienne Westwood's bow tie is also cool.

Maroon 5 "Sugar"

The music video for "Sugar" was a big deal at the time, as it featured a surprise appearance by Maroon 5 at a wedding party in Los Angeles. If Maroon 5 suddenly showed up at a wedding party like this video did, I would definitely be very excited about it.

MAROON5 is a regular at the Grammys and various awards. The band's vocalist Adam is also smartly dressed in a bow tie, and many people would love to emulate his style. The size of the butterfly bow tie that Adam wears (a large tie that looks like a butterfly wing) and his overall balance is really exquisite. In fact, Adam's father is the founder of the American fashion chain "M.FREDRIC". His fashion sense must have been influenced by his father.


By the way, the dress code for formal occasions is often black tie, so we also want to release a black Metal Butterfly as soon as possible, and we'd like to have a voluminous model like this .

OutKast "The Way You Move"

After watching the four videos including this, I thought, all four artists are wearing pretty big butterfly bow ties.

There may be some Japanese people who don't know what OutKast is, so I'll give you a brief explanation. OutKast is a hip-hop unit from Atlanta that consists of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. They won a Grammy Awards for Best Album for their work on "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below". They're a 2MC hip-hop unit, but they have a unique style that mixes in a wide range of musical styles from soul to funk to electro.

Incidentally, music videos for "Ms. Jackson" by OutKast and "Quality Control" by Jurassic 5 is that got me started listening to hip-hop.

The two guys at OutKast are also very fashion sensitive, especially that of Andre 3000, which was pretty cool!
And in this music video for "The Way You Move," along with Big Boi, Sleepy Brown (the third singer also known as the OutKast, and a member of the producer team Organized Noise) also appears in a bow-tie style. Sleepy, who looks tougher and stronger than Boi but has a sweet voice, is also cool.

Janelle Monáe  feat. Big Boi "Tightrope"

These are the four I've come up with so far for "music videos with impressive bow ties". So now I'm going to share with you some of the videos that my friends have shared with me.

First up is "Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe, in conjunction with the aforementioned Big Boi from OutKast.

Janelle Monáe was originally recognized by Big Boi for her talents and was featured on two tracks on OutKast's 2006 album "Idlewild". And she released her debut album "The Archandorid" in 2010, following up with an EP in 2007. "Tightrope" was the first single from that album.

Aside from her unique worldview of the "Metropolis" concept (a song created by Janelle's androids in a futuristic city), she also has an artistic sense of fashion. Her early outfits consisted of a tuxedo and bow tie style (which she apparently did to impress people with her style), but she changed to a variety of fashion styles along the way. Her dresses for appearances at award ceremonies and other events also became super unique. Especially the hat selection is always cool. The best one was a square white board with a round hole in the middle. She put it on the head and put some sort of gold ornament on the head sticking out of the hole.  I was astounded by this. I'm going to try to imitate this.

My friend Simon was kind enough to share Janelle's video with me. He shared many more videos. Thank you so much!

Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B "South of the Border"

Ed Sheeran's "South of the Border" has a great guest list and the video is as epic as a spy movie. Incidentally, there are two movies titled "South of the Border". One is a western film released in 1939 and the other is a documentary film produced by Oliver Stone in 2009.

Ed Sheeran, and Paul Karmiryan who plays Agent X, will be seen wearing bow ties. I think that the spy movie and the bow tie are inseparable, especially in "007". Paul Karmiryan was Ed Sheeran's dance coach for "Thinking Out Loud" and he has also choreographed and coached for several other films. He is a professional dancer and actor, and is a very talented and handsome man. "Thinking Out Loud" also has a behind-the-scenes video, so be sure to check that out as well. [click here]

And more than the bow tie, Camila Cabello is just too cute. After she became a solo artist, her performance and appearance are more unique than when she was with "Fifth Harmony", and I can feel her personality.
Thanks to Erik for sharing this video with me! Thanks for all the nice support!

Chris Brown "Fine China"

Chris Brown's video was shown to me by Mr. TAYKO from "Imo-Sen", a confectionery shop that uses sweet potatoes.  He has shops in Ushiku (Ibaraki) and Kawagoe (Saitama). Thank you, TAYKO-kun!
When I saw this video, for a moment I was like "Huh!" I thought that the gold bowtie Chris is wearing looks exactly like Metal Butterfly bow tie. When I looked closer, I saw that it wasn't made of fabric, so I looked it up and found that it was a ceramic bow tie by the brand "Cor Sine Labe Doli" I didn't know there were bow ties like this in the world! Watching this made me feel brave. I feel confident that our bow tie can collaborate with world class artists too. To all the artists of the world, if you'd like to add Metal Butterfly bow tie to your music videos, please call me!

Now, if we're going to talk about Chris, Michael Jackson is essential. The song "Fine China" has a lot of homage to MJ in both the song and the video. For example, I feel the essence of "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Smooth Criminal" and "Beat It". More importantly, if my daughter's boyfriend came to pick her up in a bright red Lamborghini, I wouldn't get mad and welcome him.


I got this video from my friend, Hano-san. Strictly speaking, it's a video of appearing on TV and not a music video, but it was very interesting, so I decided to take it up. Thank you, Hano-san! When I saw this video, I was captivated by the choreography of the three of them, more than the bow tie and the music.
YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) was formed in Japan in 1978 by Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi. The band was highly acclaimed worldwide for its music, which made full use of synthesizers and computers, which were still rare at the time. And I'm sure you all know this without me having to explain it to you. The focus here is on Yukihiro Takahashi, who is also famous as a fashionista. Takahashi is not only a musician but also a fashion designer, and he designed the costumes for the YMO show. His trademark style was to wear a hat, glasses and a bow tie, and every time I saw him in a magazine or on TV, I admired him for his stylishness. Especially when he wears a suit, his traditional way of dressing shows his attention to detail or "aesthetics". On the musical side, he is still active in META FIVE, which he formed with artists such as Keigo Oyamada, Yoshinori Sunahara and TOWA TEI, who were the admiration of our generation.


(It's 8:00 PM! Bring it on! "Beard Dance")

The last one isn't a music video either, but it's "Beard Dance" by Ken Shimura, one of Japan's leading comedians who passed away this year, and Kato-cha, who was Shimura's partner in crime.  I'd like to personally pay tribute to both of them for their efforts in spreading the catchiness of the bow tie throughout Japan.

As soul music lovers are well aware, the dance background music is an arranged version based on a portion of the bassline of "Do Me" by American R&B singer "Teddy Pendergrass". The song selection was made by Mr. Shimura, who was a soul music lover. The record jacket was illustrated by Hajime Anzai. On the back of the record jacket, there was an illustration of a bow tie and a beard, along with the lyrics, which we could cut out and wear. It's a unique thing that's typical of Anzai-san.

Thanks to Ishii-san for suggesting the beard dance! It was a fresh feeling to choose this one.

This time, I've included "nine music videos with impressive bow ties". They range from formal tuxedos, to casual styles, and then there's the bow tie that the women wear, and finally the beard dance. Not only do we enjoy dressing up for a wedding party, but we also feel that a bow tie is a great way to boost your mind when you are shopping or dining with lovers and family.  In such cases, I would be happy if you could take along the wonderful music I've introduced to you today and our Metal Butterfly bow tie.


Thank you for reading to the end. I'm Shige Aoki.