Raping our retinas this week are Muse who are about to release their latest album ‘The 2nd Law’ They have unveiled a video for album track ‘Madness’ a filching synth/techno bass driven ballad. The promo clip sees an impossibly good looking couple smoking on a tube carriage as a full scale riot ensues on the platform. As the couple wander around well lit corridors a search light cuts through smoke and Matt Bellamy pines for his soul – you know, the one he presumably sold after album two – whilst the riot police are far too busy to deal with the pretty lady smoking in a public place. As Muse soar into yet another of their Queen style guitar riffs the strobe lights threaten to induce an epileptic fit so I have to look away..
As the video for ‘Kill The DJ’ by Green Day starts Billy Joe and Co ride motorbikes through the desert seemingly in order to get to their next gig, no limo for these rock superstars.
‘Kill The DJ’ is rather bouncy and likeable with lyrics that ups the ante of The Smiths ‘Panic’ by not just hanging the DJ but requesting that we ‘Shoot the fucking DJ’ I guess he opted to play the new Muse track and not one by Green Day themselves.
As the band stride through the club everyone is going proper nuts so Green Day get on stage and play their enjoyable 3 chord pop punk to the rabid masses.
Two girls start rolling around on the floor throttling each other, the crowd clears space and carry on dancing with blood dripping down their photogenic faces as the band play on. If I hadn’t just seen the boys riding through the desert at the start you could almost believe the video was shot on a night out in Hull…
When two people as creatively ingenious and talented as David Byrne & St Vincent collaborate you expect excellence and the brassy, catchy ‘Who’ doesn’t disappoint.
David gets out of his car to have a look at St Vincent aka Annie Clark who is stylishly sprawled out in the middle of the road, has the former Talking Head run over the 4ad chanteuse?
It is all a bit David Lynch so plot goes out the window but David does the decent thing and instead of driving off he props her up and let’s her sing a bit.
A road side dance off ensues with Annie mimicking David’s frankly bizarre choreography, with music this good and visuals so artistic it is best to just sit back and enjoy.
David then reaches into his glove box and swigs from his hip-flask leading me to believe the story behind all this is that he has run over St Vincent for taking the piss out of those crazy dance moves.