Is Avi Impressed? Part 4
It’s that time of the month, where I sit down with my holier-than-thou, impossible to impress father and get his odd, ESL-laced feedback on current music videos of our time. For those of you new to the game, my dad is an accomplished and celebrated filmmaker and editor who has worked on indie Brazilian docs, experimental shit, Jesus Christ Superstar, and for the majority of his life, the Mother Corp. Click here for more background on the ol’ pops. Since Avi recently returned from South Africa, I decided to show him “I Fin U Freeky”, the latest offering by Die Antwoord. Here’s what transpired.
Avi’s summary: The only thing that’s not freaky in this is the lion and the snake. They are the passive objects in the video. It’s a freak show.
Initial Thoughts: I cannot say that the music will call me. It’s not sticky enough to grab my ear when I hear it on the radio. But the video is interesting. They do loop de loop just to attract your attention. But it’s well done.
Overall: They’re working based on a common scenario: It’s black and white. It’s nicely composed. It’s nicely, what do you call, art…stage art, I mean, art direction, that’s very well done. I noticed they have a strong Afrikaans accent. But what’s freaky that has to do with South Africa? It’s independent thought. Who wrote this song? It’s the first time it’s introduced to me.
Say one nice thing: It’s interesting as one picture on the wall of a gallery. It’s well directed. He’s a still photographer? That’s what it looks like. (Looks at his website.) Oh, he takes very good portraits. He takes photos of freaks, not necessarily South Africans. The issues are not South Africans, it’s freaks. That’s what I’m trying to say. And freak shows always works, since midgets in the circus. It’s always proved itself.
Were you impressed? You know. Been there, done that. Here we go again, freak show.
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