Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. We're keeping things funny this week, including a music video from the one and only Monty Python. On top of that you can expect metal to provide us some hilarity, both intentionally and unintentionally, and I even brought you some steampunk rap.
Because you deserve it.
Patrick Sweany, "Working for You" I love a good silly video when done with real artistic love, and "Working for You" is a perfect example. In it, Sweaney is a long-suffering vacuum-cleaner salesman who finds himself desperately trying to land a sale among a bizarre cast of suburbanites... most of whom are played by himself in drag.
Director Dave Shamban has a real eye for how to bring a serious cinematic level of technique to an inherently silly premise, and it's engaging enough that by the time Sweany is vacuuming in the home of a Satanic doom-metal band you're with him all the way.
Professor Elemental, "Sir, You Are Being Hunted" There simply aren't enough rapping steampunk musicians in the world, and I'm always glad to hear from the good Professor. This time he and director Moog have teamed up to show us an alternative dimension where humans are hunted for sport by dapper robots in mustaches.
If the internet could come to life, that's the exact life it would come to, I think. It's a silly old video, but inventive and fun nonetheless.
REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup
Monty Python, "Lousy Song" I've been sort of on the fence about the new Monty Python because I'm just not sure it's worth trying to recapture something that great, but "Lousy Song" makes clear the troupe can still throw out some cutting-edge humor. In this video, people listen to Eric Idle sing a song, while other members of Monty Python tell him it's terrible in the actual recording.
In turn, the people listening to the song on the street also tell us it's terrible so loudly that you actually never really get a good listen to the tune itself at all. That's some serious Andy Kaufman stuff right there, and worth every second.
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SycAmour, "Renaissance" This one shows how easy it is to turn a simple performance video into something really impressive. Director Brandan Lee Keller throws in enough strange touches -- blurred dancing girls, hangings and bloody red eyes -- that what is essentially just a concert becomes a black Sabbath of madness. Then, with a simple, first-person-horror opening shot, he slam-dunks the whole thing into total mindfuckery. Extremely well done and nicely disturbing.
Silent Planet, "Wasteland" Last this week is the most unintentionally hilarious metal video I have ever seen in my life. "Wasteland" is just so desperate to be deep, but in the end it's just a guy who looks a lot like Jason Lee trying to put a Bible back together in the desert before setting a sunflower on fire because symbolism.
It's a good tune, don't get me wrong, but I enjoy the video the same way I enjoy a cheesy Vincent Price movie. It's adorably metal.
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