In 1999, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Bree Sharp
recorded "David Duchovny
," a fangirl ode to the male star of The X-Files
. After the demo tape proved popular in Duchovny's trailer, two X-Files
assistants created a celebrity-filled music video as a gag for the show Christmas party. A grainy bootleg of the video quickly went pre-Youtube-viral among X-Philes. Twelve years later, a high-definition version of the "David Duchovny" video sees daylight for the first time
Bree Sharp said in an interview with Rolling Stone
about "David Duchovny":
"The song is about David, but it's also about the way fantasy and reality can blur. [...] And how giddy, hot and excellent that can be."
The decade-plus since "David Duchovny" has seen Bree Sharp
, now 36, build from viral video roots to respectable success as an indie-pop singer. Her 1999 debut album A Cheap and Evil Girl
was followed almost immediately by her record label's demise. Undeterred, Sharp self-released two subsequent albums, 2002's More B.S.
," "Dirty Magazine
") and 2004's live album Live at Fez
("Don't Think Twice
," "Waving Goodbye
Sharp racked up more geek-credit through English adaptations of anime: she worked as a writer
for the adapted Magical DoReMi
and as the composer of most of the songs in Tokyo Mew Mew / Mew Mew Power
(opening theme "Team Up!
," "Animal Instinct
," among many others
), and also contributed the ending theme "This Side of Paradise
" for the movie Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys.
Sharp joined frequent collaborator Don DiLego
in 2009 to form electropop project Beautiful Small Machines
, which released its debut
EP Robots In Love
. After a recent successful Kickstarter campaign
, Beautiful Small Machines is working on EP #2, tentatively titled Jetpacks Are Yes!
(SPOILER WARNING: it will be geeky.)
In the meantime, amuse yourself with these Bree & BSM-flavored music videos, all various flavors of nerdy:
- Paper Planes (2012): a banjofied-cover of MIA's hit song, with choreographed hand-flapping and Bree in assorted Sexy Hipster Glasses.
- Simple Joys (4 Roy & Pris) (2009): a Blade Runner-inspired duet with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran and a feat of amazing music video trippiness, featuring owls, glitter, BDSM birdcages, angsty slow-mo flashbacks,and inexplicably awesome feather eyelashes.
- Robots In Love (Live) (2010): On lead vocals and tambourine, Bree.
- Superconductor (2009): trigger-warning if you have flash-sensitive epilepsy or are allergic to black-and-white film.
- Everything Feels Wrong (2006): flannel and food porn!
Two assistants to X-Files
creator Chris Carter concocted
the video for "David Duchovny": Charles Forsch
, who produced, and Will Shivers
, who wrote, edited, and directed.
Play Spot-the-Celebrity in "David Duchovny," from credits on YouTube, and here
executive producer Frank Spotnitz
, writer John Shiban
, producer Vince Giligan
, producer Rob Bowman
, director Kim Manners
(died 2009), and producer Dan Sackheim
, and creator/writer/director/executive producer Chris Carter
William B. Davis
/ The Cigarette-Smoking Man
/ FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner
, Tom Braidwood
, and Dean Haglund
/ The Lone Gunmen
Byers, Frohike, and Langly
/ Alex Krycek
/ Agent Jeffrey Spender
/ Agent Dana Scully
/ Morris Fletcher
/ game show host and guest star
Man In Black
Charles Nelson Reilly
& Brooke Burns
, Peri Gilpin
, & Moose
("Eddie," died 2006) from Frasier
from Chicago Hope
& Rosie O'Donnell
, star of The Larry Sanders Show,
which guest-starred Duchovny
as himself with a persistent crush
co-star Brad Pitt
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
in a blond wig
& Natalie Raitano
The members of KISS
/ adult film actresses Janine
, Julia Ann
, & Taylor Hayes
(links may be NSFW)
and last but certainly not least, Jerry Springer
THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE MONOTONEDavid Duchovny
currently stars in the Showtime dramedy Californication.
At age 51, he continues to be brooding and comely.