Brent DeBoer is an American musician, best known as the drummer of
The Dandy Warhols and the lead singer/guitarist of Australian-based band Immigrant Union.
He has chosen three of his favourite videos: Gay Bar by Electric Six, Black Mags by The Cool Kids and Rock the Casbah by The Clash.
I like the song alright, but this video just goes the extra mile. I remember after first meeting Dick Valentine, Courtney Taylor-Taylor and I went back to the bus and looked up Electric 6 and watched this video. We were rolling around on the floor punching each other trying not to die laughing. Dick Valentine is one of the smartest people I have ever met, and this video gives viewers a small glimpse of his brilliance.
I am a big fan of hip hop music, and this song just does something for me. The studio production is phenomenal. I love the lyrics. I used to ride a chrome GT Dyno with black mags when I was a kid, so that might have something to do with it. The black and white is beautiful, and the peaceful nature of the video is unusual for the genre. The animation on the bridge and in other places are subtle and so trippy. Check out the chick he picks up on his bike. She is so cool. I also love how he uses a beeper and the pay phone. God, I love this video.
Obviously, the song is one of the best of all time. It is flawless in every way. Everyone knows that. But have a look at the video for it. What you see are maybe the four coolest people to ever walk the earth. I have been in a few videos in my day, and let me tell you: it is very hard to fake like you are playing a song and not look like a total idiot. These guys pull it off so nicely. They are all wearing such detailed and wonderful clothes. I love watching Paul Simonon pace toward the camera. The look on his face. What a rock god. The mini movie throughout the video is nice to watch, but it is really just a cutaway from the band. When I was a kid, this was one of the first videos I saw on MTV as they played it over and over all day long. I could not take my eyes off of these people. What a band.
I did meet Joe Strummer one time, at a festival in England. He looked like a familiar face, but way different in person; and I didn’t know it was Joe until later. We just talked about the festival and he asked when my band was going on stage etc…. I have never forgiven myself for not recognising my hero as he stood talking to me. It’s probably for the best. I might have made a total ass out of myself.
Immigrant Union‘s new single, “Up in Smoke / Oregon,” is out now and can be streamed via Soundcloud here.
The Dandy Warhols‘ new album, This Machine, is set for release on April 24th. The lead single, “Well They’re Gone,” can be streamed via Soundcloud here.