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Notable for his edgy, avant-garde cinematography, Paul Jacobs burst onto the music video scene in the late 1980s and quickly made an indelible mark. His video for Prince's "Batdance" was a showcase of his unique aesthetic, combining comic book visuals with 80s goth ambiance in a way that felt simultaneously refreshing and nostalgic. Jacobs's work with other legendary artists like LL Cool J and Debbie Harry cemented his reputation as a director who wasn't afraid to push boundaries and explore uncharted territory in the realm of music video storytelling.

An often amusing aside about Jacobs is his propensity for sneaking unexpected props into his videos. One particular example of this is the chair that inexplicably appears in various scenes of Aerosmith's video for "Amazing". This eclectic touch, combined with his audacious storytelling style resulted not only in cinematic gems but also immortalized his artistry in rock music video history. Having worked with diverse musicians, Jacobs' pioneering work laid the groundwork for future directors to expand upon, blending music, performance and visual art in innovative and impactful ways.

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