Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Nightly Middle Finger to MTV

I meant to put this up last night as the pefect complement to the Message from Satan, but as it turned out, I had a thing.

The first single from A Perfect Circle's debut album, Mer de Noms, could very well be the most sacreligious four minutes ever unleashed on the music-buying public.

Ferocious and uncompromising in both its execution and its message, Judith is pure, vicious fury.

The video is as dark as the song's lyrical subject matter -- with David Fincher taking a break from directing films like Se7en and Panic Room to return to his musical roots. He brings the same kind of distorted but seductive decay to the video that he brings to so many of his big-screen projects.

Tonight's pick is A Perfect Circle's Judith.

By the way, in case you don't believe me about the sacrilege thing, the lyrics are here.


mike m said...

that satan picture below this story creeps me out. I always check out your "nightly middle finger" selections and I've heard this song before without realizing what they were saying. Many moons ago, I was an art rock snob. Genesis, ELP (yikes!), Return to forever, King Crimson and countless jazz fusion bands were the only things I would listen to.
Then I heard "clampdown" by the clash. They didnt hide anything about what they were trying to say, "you grow up and you calm down" or " kick over a wall, cause governments to fall" For me, it was a direct call to action. I liked the circle jerks "killing for Jesus" for the same reason, its a direct attack or criticism of the way things are. Not to get too sentimental, but the hardcore scene of the early to mid 80's had a few bands (Dead Kennedys) with a true commitment to ty change the way we think. What bands are doing that now?

Chez said...

The picture is the infamous "Death Face" from The Exorcist. It appeared in the original version of the movie only briefly, as two or three quick frames at a time. Many people didn't even notice it, which made it all the more frightening. I remember renting the movie and finally freeze-framing it to get a better look; it scared the ever-living shit out of me -- an absolutely terrifying image.

As for punk, I still have scars on my legs from the Black Flag shows of the early 80s. Punk definitely had something to say, even if it occasionally got lost in all the outrage at anything and everything. I miss it.

Liz said...

Oh how I love "Judith". I love that entire alblum as a matter of fact. But the clenched-teeth delivery of Maynard just drives the point home. Why do people suffer for something that is basically a myth?

Chez said...

I once again defer to the authority on such things, Sam Harris -- author of The End of Faith.

It doesn't matter why they do; what matters is that it's as unacceptable to humor their superstition as it would be to "respect" the beliefs of someone who told you that they believed in Santa Claus -- or that they didn't believe in the law of gravity.

These days, the faith of another can get you killed -- particularly if that faith is absolute. We can't afford it.