Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Nakedness




Lessons Learned by Matt & Kim is both a great song and music video. I love the raw responses from the crowd as they strip down to basically nothingness. Plus, how awkward would it be wrestle with a naked person? And I know the ending is supposed to do something, maybe it's just to get you jump, but I can't tell what they really wanted to do with that part... What do you think?

3 comments:

Robyn said...

I looked that up on wikipedia because I couldn't imagine that that had happen organically:

"The music video was shot in Times Square in February. It shows Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino streaking while walking down Times Square. The band had permits and many of the people on the street were actors, but according to an interview with Pitchfork Media, the cops actually did tackle them at the end of the video."

Linnea said...

Regardless of whether it was staged or not, I really like that video/song. PLUS I'm really impressed with their confidence to do that. Getting naked in front of a crowd of people has to be somewhat uncomfortable...

Excaliborn7 said...

The idea of stripping naked not just in front of bunches of people, but in the giant oversized electronic shrine that is times square, just seems like it would be truly cathartic and kinda sublime. Or at least it transfers a feeling of cartharsis to me as a viewer. I must admit I wondered about the cops trying to tackle them, but doubted it was real since both of them managed to escape relatively easy. I also wondered if her getting hit by that bus at the end was really necessarily for a video that otherwise seems very organic, though it did give a surprise. Last, I have to admit I wish I could see a version where they didn't blot out any parts of their bodies. I would have liked to see them completely as the people on the street saw them...but i suppose it's fairly understandable why the commercial version doesn't show us that. good stuff.