Harmony Korine Directs Black Keys Music Video, AKA The Weirdest Thing You’ll See All Day
If you've made it through your life so far without having seen a Harmony Korine film, congratulations. They're mostly awful so do your best to avoid films like 'Gummo' or 'Julien Donkey-Boy' (your interest is probably now piqued but, seriously, don't waste your time). But after years of making inane low-budget indie films, Korine's career has seen a boost with his upcoming film 'Spring Breakers.' You know the one - Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens prancing around Miami in bikinis...
But if that's Korine's attempt at mainstream, this new music video for The Black Keys hit "Gold on the Ceiling" is a return to weirdo form.
Your immediate reaction after just about :30 seconds into this clip will be "WTF?..." and rightfully so. It's hard to even describe what's going on here but, in classic Harmony Korine fashion, group members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are dressed up like adult babies being carried by even larger versions of themselves (played by giants wearing really creepy rubber masks). All the while, the video stutters and shakes like a broken animated GIF. And in true pretentious fashion, it's not called a music video but a "film." Uh-huh.
Don't get us wrong - we love The Black Keys and 'El Camino' is one of the best albums of 2011 and "Gold on the Ceiling" one of the best tracks off that album (if not a little overplayed in TV commercials) - but not sure we can ever look at Dan and Patrick the same again.
If you must, you can check out the clip below and wonder if Korine will bring this same sensibility to 'Spring Breakers' later this year (and wonder what possessed Selena Gomez's agent to sign her up for that project).