Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all.
Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard rocket ship. It's all good this week.
Jinkx Monsoon, "Coffee and Wine" You might remember Monsoon from RuPaul's Drag Race, and if her collaboration with Major Scales on "Coffee and Wine" is any indication then she's going to make one hell of a firecracker. This is a bawdy burlesque extravaganza directed with loving sparkle by Alex Berry, and perfectly captures both the pathos and titillation of stage-shimmy. Monsoon has a pretty deft voice, which channels Bette Midler with the best of them. It makes for quite a show.
Patrick Park, "My Holding Hand Is Empty" If you ask me, one of the most underrated music videos in the world is Elton John's "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," in which director Matthew Bice guides a young John (played by Justin Timberlake) through a musical soliloquy where he comments on fame as his Hollywood life plays out in slow-motion all around him.
Laban Pheidias takes Park through a very similar idea, and it's pretty magical. On the one hand, it's missing Paul Reubens as sleazy manager, but on the other it's got a fire-juggler in a hipster beard accidentally setting a piano ablaze. The video falls just short of really executing the concept, but Park's sad voice and utter disdain for the circus around him sell it through the weak points.
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The Menzingers, "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore" And now for something very silly. Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th fame has always been my favorite movie monster, but have you ever wondered what it actually must be like to be that dude day in and day out? Director Whitey McConnaughy shows us as Voorhees decides to give up on his daily kill list and attempt to live positively for a change. He gets a job in the restaurant business, where his machete can be put to good use, and starts trying to get a pretty girl to go out with him.
It's just a bit of lighthearted fun, really, but there's actually something empowering when Voohees almost reverts to murderpalooza following a romantic rejection, but doubles down and tries to stay on the straight and narrow. Goofy? Yes, but it's a sweet, John Hughes-y goofy.
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Tobacco, "Streaker" When labels send me Vimeo links instead of YouTube, I know that I'm probably going to go down a rabbit hole. This, though? This is insanity. This is like being inside Richard Ramirez's freakin' head with all the exits locked. I've had more coherent three minute intervals under heavy sedation than I did watching this. It's not NSFW, it's just plain NSFANYBODY. I can't even describe it, and you watch at your own peril. Don't blame me when they find you outside covered in blood. Director Eric Wareheim needs Jesus. Like, now.
Al Bairre, "Tunnels" Last up this week we have a really well-done space adventure that combines slick camerawork and a good eye for shots with all the whimsy of cardboard rockets. Director Rob Smith brings us something almost as great as Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight," capturing that same otherworldly, play-like atmosphere.
"Tunnels" is darker, though, with a terrifying Alan Moore ending that surprises you like a kick to the gut. What a wonderful video.
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