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Creedence come out of nowhere with cinematic rhetoric nostalgia, Avril Lavigne turns internet cat memes into seizure sexual innuendo and the Key of Awesome dudes take on lyric video phenomena as a whole like stand-up champs, in a noble fourth week of the Best Lyric Vids we found on our side of the internets.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Why CCR are pushing a lyric video on some odd January moon for a jam cut in 1970 without a sign of any repackaging of Pendulum or anything, we haven’t quite figured out yet, but as classics go, hey man, there’s always time to ask about the sight of rain. The film-credits roll feel could use a tweak. But still, promote randomly on Creedence, promote on:

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

Avril Lavigne – ‘Hello Kitty

Lavigne’s words back in October in 2013, explaining her exploration in techno-pop: “Obviously it’s flirtatious and somewhat sexual, but it’s genuinely about my love for Hello Kitty as well!” Visually, she’s translated that to internet cat memes and seizure inducing anime font blasts. So basically, it’s irresistible in the same way that scientists created Cheetos – to destroy the world:

"Hello Kitty"

The Lion King – ‘Be Prepared

Apparently The Lion King‘s stage edition is the “highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history,” according to the YouTube credits. Crazy, considering it’s only been running for 17 years. Anyhow, the lyric vid ain’t bad, assembled like a comic book for the iPad gen, showcasing that dick lion, Scar, and his plans to take out Simba and Mufasa. Perhaps Elton John is snickering somewhere:

"Be Prepared"

Barely Political - ‘Key of Awesome #81

Notching in the 80s here with their often hilarious music video satires – see one of our favs, how to “Start a Mumford Band!,” – this particular poke wins points out of the gate for skewering the entire lyric video phenomena in general. Some of the jokes fall flat, like the editor-singer banter. But the font and fan thread is good stuff:

"Key of Awesome #81"

Lily Allen – ‘Air Balloon

Following her “racist,” “Hard Out Here” single – idiots – Brit intelli-pop firecracker Allen dumbs it down here, disappointingly, layering the bubblegum and name drops on thick, not making sense, and prodding a thin line between radio and annoying. But the lyric vid’s all sorts of Nickelodeon meets Atari eye candy. So enjoy:

"Air Balloon"