Even though James Cameron’s “Avatar” — which finally opens today at theaters nationwide — has a killer lead cast in Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Giovanni Ribisi, the real stars of the film are the computer-generated alien race known as the Na’vi. They’re a stunning feat of technological advancement, fully realized and incredibly animated.
Also: They’re really, really blue. So blue that we’ve had Eiffel 65′s “Blue” stuck in our heads for most of the lead-up to the film’s release. Considering that is unacceptable in most cultures, we decided to dig deep into the MTV archives to find out what the best “Blue” songs were.
As it turned out, there are some absolute gems. Who could forget Debbie Gibson’s “Out of the Blue” or the White Stripes “Blue Orchid?” We treated ourselves to Brand New Sin’s “Black and Blue” as well as Galaxie 500′s “Blue Thunder.” There was even a bit of seasonal magic added, as we came across Tom Keifer’s “Blue Christmas.”
So enjoy this “Avatar”-inspired “Blue” video playlist, which also features some killer cuts from Mewithoutyou, Orgy and the Birthday Massacre. But like any great list, it begins with Jay-Z, whose “Blue Magic” (from the rapper’s soundtrack to “American Gangster”) is as smooth as blue gets.