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March 28, 2005 6:46 PM   Subscribe

New Chemical Brothers video. (Flash/WMV/Real). With great power comes better special effects.
posted by jeremias (47 comments total)

 
Is it just me or is the video you linked to only about 20 seconds long?
posted by BackwardsHatClub at 7:00 PM on March 28, 2005


it was just you. that was a really cool video, they are finally making CG look almost real in real world video. nothing beats Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy though.
posted by Mach5 at 7:03 PM on March 28, 2005


Astounding. It plays like a short film, with a soundtrack that's just background music to the eye candy.
posted by FissionChips at 7:05 PM on March 28, 2005


BackwardsHatClub : that's a Flash E-card with links to the various files. Like Windows, hi-res, streaming
posted by bdave at 7:05 PM on March 28, 2005


Dude's got issues.
posted by fungible at 7:07 PM on March 28, 2005


At 3min on the left, you can see the Spanish Bar. His route makes no geographical sense.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:09 PM on March 28, 2005


My first impression was: this must be a Chris Cunningham video, but it's done by Dom and Nic. Not so sure about the song itself, though.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 7:10 PM on March 28, 2005


Since when does "High quality" mean "barely tolerable quality" ?

The video was great, though. Mach5, do you have a link to the Aphex Twin video you mentioned? I'm interested.
posted by odinsdream at 7:16 PM on March 28, 2005


Dang. I thought that was going to suck, and then I was all like, "Whoa!", and then the video was all like, "Yeah, dude."
posted by 40 Watt at 7:19 PM on March 28, 2005


I was genuinely unnerved, and then I got bored. Never mind.
posted by cillit bang at 7:27 PM on March 28, 2005


Thanks Bdave; for whatever reason the links weren't clickable for me.
posted by BackwardsHatClub at 7:28 PM on March 28, 2005


odinsdream:

Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
although its only playing in my right speaker for some reason. Very creepy. Look for subliminal messages :). AFX IS TECHNO!
posted by Mach5 at 7:28 PM on March 28, 2005


Man, I've never heard of this 'Aphex Twin' or these 'Chemical Brothers.' Thanks for turning me onto the real electronic underground!
posted by interrupt at 7:35 PM on March 28, 2005


what a cute touch with the brothers picture on the managers computer screen during the office clip. They are the black devils behind this poor guys mind. This kind of schizophrenia may be cool in videos but its no hip joke in real life.
posted by Viomeda at 7:40 PM on March 28, 2005


That was pretty good. they did a decent job on those machines, looked fairly convincing. Wonder what insiped that little flight of fancy?
posted by edgeways at 7:42 PM on March 28, 2005


Aphex's best stuff was off 'Go', far more palatable
posted by Viomeda at 7:44 PM on March 28, 2005


Nice video, but I thought the track was really bad. "I need you to believe in somethin'" is way too prosodic with the minimal beats. The Chemical Brothers have been off their game since "Surrender".
posted by ontic at 7:46 PM on March 28, 2005


As a Flash developer, please do us all a favour. When you link to a Flash movie, please link to the containing html page, not the swf file. If you link directly to the swf, then it is stretched to the browser width/height and ends up looking terrible.

The better way to view this video would be to visit:
http://www.fs1.co.uk/ecard/chems4/card.html
posted by bruceyeah at 8:06 PM on March 28, 2005


I thought the song was nice, but the video a little predictable.

Not to totally hijack this discussion, but I have to say that Come to Daddy is the most poppy, MTV-ish piece of work that has ever come from the piece of work that is Richard D. James. The most moving tracks are the ones which have the organic, beautifully-strange textures. Bucephalus Bouncing Ball, for example, or something from I Care Because You Do.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 8:29 PM on March 28, 2005


Doesn't play nice with my Mozilla. Stuck in an endless loop of fury between Mozilla, Media Player Classic, and J River Media Center. Blergh.

As an aside, a friend of mine was on the list for the Chems in the Point in Dublin recently.

He: "I got there late. They weren't very good and the place was full of people mad out of it".
Me: "And you expected something different? Was the after party better?"
He: "No, they were crap there as well".

This guy is one of the most hardcore ravers I know. I think they need a new groove.

I saw them around 10 years ago (still the Dust Brothers then) in an dingy club called "The Furnace" in Dublin and to be honest, despite enlarging their crowd size and light wattage a couple orders of magnitude, they seem to be stuck in some kind of steady-state stage act. Still nice tunes though.
posted by meehawl at 8:38 PM on March 28, 2005


The flash video kept buffering and the streaming media link was low quality. Anyone know if there's a torrent around of a high quality version?
posted by mathowie at 8:40 PM on March 28, 2005


Well done, jeremias! I recently got snotted all over and then deleted when I posted a single-link FPP to a music video by a band very much in the same genre as the Chemical Bros., only not as famous (which is why I thought people might like to see it). And the song was better.

Not that I don't like the Chemicals (love 'em in fact). Just sayin'.
posted by BoringPostcards at 8:46 PM on March 28, 2005


that video is well wicked. as far as aphex twin dementia, i always preferred the windowlicker video.
posted by gnutron at 8:48 PM on March 28, 2005


Man, I've never heard of this 'Aphex Twin' or these 'Chemical Brothers.' Thanks for turning me onto the real electronic underground!

Having such a hard time deciding whether this is sarcasm or not.
posted by juv3nal at 9:28 PM on March 28, 2005


I for one welcome our car-assembling overlords.
posted by stevil at 9:52 PM on March 28, 2005


Having such a hard time deciding whether this is sarcasm or not.

Hah--Was just going to say the same.
posted by ori at 10:03 PM on March 28, 2005


Vitalic video
posted by dydecker at 10:41 PM on March 28, 2005


Weird - I just watched it a second time because everyone was rating it, but I still think it's rubbish - there's no synergy between the music and the video. And the track is dull.

For what it's worth, my favorite Aphex track is Polynomial-C, which can be found on the Xylem Tube EP, as well as The Orb's Back To Mine, and the 5th R&S compilation, In Order To Dance
posted by forallmankind at 10:50 PM on March 28, 2005


use discretion. polynomial-c was looping and looping in my head for about three days last week.
posted by timb at 11:10 PM on March 28, 2005


forallmankind loses...

...for using the word "synergy" in cold blood. Thanks for playing though...
posted by benzo8 at 12:31 AM on March 29, 2005


Minds were blown.
posted by Quartermass at 12:53 AM on March 29, 2005


Man. I was all ready to rag on the video, but it's actually pretty cool. The beginning is perhaps a bit too low-key, however.

I still like their video for "Get Yourself High" best. Better track, too.
posted by neckro23 at 2:16 AM on March 29, 2005


I prefer Let Forever Be, directed by Michel Gondry. Like whoa, dude.
posted by fandango_matt at 2:20 AM on March 29, 2005


not great but 'sokay.
posted by hojoki at 2:24 AM on March 29, 2005


See, if we're picking our best CB vids, I have to go for Star Guitar - also a Michael Gondry, but beautifully subtle, and very well done.
posted by benzo8 at 3:30 AM on March 29, 2005


fandango_matt: I prefer Let Forever Be, directed by Michel Gondry. Like whoa, dude.

I'm definitely with you on that. Better video AND better song. This is pretty sweet too though.
posted by panoptican at 4:23 AM on March 29, 2005


benzo8: Star Guitar is great, I'd never seen it before. I've always liked Elektrobank, by Spike Jonze. That's his girlfriend in the video BTW.
posted by Who_Am_I at 5:26 AM on March 29, 2005


This guy is one of the most hardcore ravers I know. I think they need a new groove.

They've always been a bit hit or miss. I've seen some pretty blah live and DJ sets from them.

Then again I've also seen some real crackers - they did a DJ set in Fabric in 2000 that pooled all their floor fillers together with the shining moments from their Brothers Gonna Work It Out mix album (their remix of Don't Stop the Rock being a particularly spine-tingling moment) - and last year's Glastonbury performance was a work of sheer genius - see my little video clip of the fun here (in the Friday column - sorry for the self-link, but it's relevant).
posted by LondonYank at 5:40 AM on March 29, 2005


I still remember being in the Sun and 13 Cantons in 19mumble-mumble when one of our number disappeared to the loo to reappear about an hour later...

"Where the fuck have you been?" the assembled demanded?
"Oh, the Chemical Brothers were downstairs doing a set. I stayed to watch."

Much hilarity (and the death of one) followed.
posted by benzo8 at 6:33 AM on March 29, 2005


Total derail warning: Star Guitar is the only video I know that truly tries to equate the audio with the visual, and it does it in a fantastic way imho. Anyone got links to similar stuff?

My wife bought the Gondry video collection DVD, and this video was a standout to me, along with Let Forever Be and Come Into My World with Kylie Minogue (shocking but true). The guy's got a great imagination for this kind of work.
posted by lowlife at 8:55 AM on March 29, 2005


I still think the Star Guitar video could have been more psychedelic. Anyone notice the reference in the beginning of the "Believe" video to the aerobic slut vid "Call on Me" (login required)?
posted by Diamornte at 9:05 AM on March 29, 2005


lowlife: Yeah - I mean, there's been stuff which has used various audio meter displays in the video (Gondry's own "Fell In Love With A Girl" for the White Stripes comes to mind, and now thinking about it, his "Hardest Button To Button" for the Stripes used some live-action stop-motion (!) animation using the band and their equipment in time with the music), but "Star Guitar" is just so subtley done I adore it...

Diamornte: Yes.
posted by benzo8 at 9:31 AM on March 29, 2005


Holy crap that Let Forever Be vid was cool. I must consider purchasing Gondry's dvd...
posted by graventy at 11:59 AM on March 29, 2005


benzo8: ha ha ha - yeah, I'd had a few drinks when I wrote that. Still: I'm right ;-)
posted by forallmankind at 1:30 PM on March 29, 2005


See also "Owner of a Lonely Heart", Yes, 1983.
posted by eatitlive at 4:50 PM on March 29, 2005


More votes for other Spike Jonze/Michael Gondry/Chris Cunningham videos over this one. Better songs, better effects, better videos.
posted by sophist at 11:19 PM on March 29, 2005


Music videos that are short films are good. Slow-mo singing and bands in their own videos are bad.
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