If you’re familiar with the work of filmmaker David Lynch, the video you’re about to see shouldn’t be too jarring. If you haven’t seen a lot of David Lynch films, your response might be a resounding WTF.
Even as someone who’s familiar with Lynch (and harbors mixed feelings about his work), the just-released video for his song “Crazy Clown Time” is pretty surreal. And odd. There’s a football player, a pretty righteous mohawk, fire, some moaning naked girls, a bit of beer wasting, and a couple of instances of ear-piercing screaming. All in all, it amounts to one of the strangest backyard parties that I’ve ever seen.
It’s Lynch’s song, and he also directed the video. Check it out below (kind of NSFW):
The song comes to you from Lynch’s debut solo album “Crazy Clown Time,” which released last November to mixed critical reception. Lynch decided to try his hand at putting what goes on inside his head into a cohesive musical experience – a challenge indeed. Lynch, of course, is probably best known for his films Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, as well as the cult classic TV show Twin Peaks. but other than being a legendary filmmaker and now a solo artist, Lynch is a visual artist and coffee enthusiast.
The video debuted today on the Noisey YouTube Channel. Noisey, the music discovery company that got their start at SXSW 2011, had this to say about the video:
“Crazy Clown Time” unveils a majestic, yet powerfully idiosyncratic vision of “modern blues” that could only be drawn from the mind of David Lynch. Filled with foreboding soundscapes, hypnotic rhythms and enigmatic lyrics, this is music that will resonate not only with fans of Lynch’s films, but also to listeners who appreciate daring, experimental music.
The YouTube commentary mirrors the response to most of Lynch’s work – all over the place. “Captivating, daring and absolutely mad, LOVE IT!” writes one viewer. “It’s crap and sorry, it’s just pretentious,” writes another. The most accurate is probably “What the f*ck did I just watch?”
To sum it up, David Lynch makes a David Lynchian music video for a David Lynchian song and receives David Lynchian response. Questions? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.