“All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by Ned Wenlock “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by Ned Wenlock
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“All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by Ned Wenlock

New Zealand based cartoonist, illustrator and animator Ned Wenlock created this stylish music video for an MGMT cover tune, from the album Late Night Tales. More info on the concept and his process on Wenlock’s blog.

Directed by Ned Wenlock
Character animation by Rodney Selby
Produced by Georgiana Taylor

  • GW

    I like this music video. A lot of what I call playhouse-modern sorts of cartoon styles are lazy, but that’s not the case here. Ned Wenlock has done quite a few interesting works now. The lyrics could definitely use some work, though. I’ll never relate to these indie bands who use these sorts of emphasized nonsense lyrics.

    • Pat

      It’s not the band’s lyrics, it’s a cover of a song by well-respected band Bauhaus. I’m not aware they ever had anything to do with animation, so this is cool to see.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    I agree with GW about the lyrics, but I liked the song overall. The video was amazing, I was pretty hypnotized by all the different elements. It all worked so well.

  • I am consistently surprised by people’s viewpoints that sharply contrast mine. These lyrics are mind-blowing. They make me weep. When I hear a song like this, both this version along with the original, I simultaneously have two opposing feelings: one, I want to give up because I fear I can’t be that good and two, I’m inspired enough to believe I might one day be great, so why not try one more day. All I ever wanted was everything. But then to see comments that tear down what I see as my salvation as silly nonsense – – it gets to me.

    The song was originally written about the British factory system. It’s sentiment about the absurdity of humans having no choice but to wake up and do the same thing everyday over and over to make money for a higher class says as much about the Brits in the 70’s as it does about 99% of America today.

    Oh to be the cream.

    Thank you Bauhaus, MGMT and Ned Wenlock. I love everything about this video and song.