Jim Farber
June 07, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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”Pretty Noose” Soundgarden
It had to happen. Alterna-rock finally has a sexist video to call its own. While the PC-pumped grunge revolution vowed to forever banish frat house drooling from its clips, director Frank Kozik brings it back in full leer. He sets part of this clip in a porn palace, focusing on a writhing stripper sporting devil horns, no less. If Kozick sold the band on irony, they got rooked. He could’ve hawked this junk to Whitesnake. C

”Salvation” The Cranberries
There’s no bigger creative downer than an antidrug song. But the Cranberries’ video has all the artistic kick their literal-minded anti-heroin track lacks. Director Oliver Dahan devised a menacing needle-headed creature to serve as junk personified and threw up a wall of lights so blazing it could give even video’s most jaded viewers a buzz. B+

”Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” Busta Rhymes
Any video maker worth his dry-ice machine works to create images that pierce the screen, but Hype Williams’ latest smashes it to bits. Through inventive use of a fish-eye lens and illusionary sets, Williams makes you think you’re seeing something 3-D. Couple that with Rhymes’ herky-jerky moves, and you have the most in-your-face video in hip-hop history. A

”The 13th” The Cure
After a four-year absence, Cure czar Robert Smith crawls back from the crypt with the same outpatient hair and lipstick that made him a goth-rock god of the ’80s. This Sophie Muller-directed reel centers on a serial killer, yet it’s the extras that make the clip click. Countering video’s usual paean to the beautiful, everyone here couldn’t be homelier or more proud of it, creating a look as eagerly grotesque as the Cure’s music. B

”Mother Mother” Tracy Bonham Bonham’s song documents a desperate call home from a girl to her mom. Director Jake Scott visualizes this (in a single, unedited tracking shot) by placing the yelping singer on a TV set in a living room that is being furiously cleaned by an oblivious homemaker (played by Bonham’s real mother). That the woman doesn’t recognize her own kid serves two purposes: It paints all parents as clueless and reasserts music images on TV as something adults cannot comprehend. Cool. A

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