we want your soul
September 28, 2003 12:00 PM   Subscribe

Freeland's We Want Your Soul video is a cynical look at the american dream and keeping up with the joneses. Whether you agree with the point of view, it's still a pretty cool and amusing use of camera effects. (note: large quicktime on that page) [via randomfoo]
posted by mathowie (14 comments total)
Ooh, I was all ready to slam this video and then I noticed mathowie posted it. [wanders off to another thread]
posted by keswick at 1:12 PM on September 28, 2003

Groovy. Here's my favorite frame. Very clever camera work, too.
posted by squirrel at 1:21 PM on September 28, 2003

Great. Watching that made me thirsty. And hungry. And now I want all those clothes. And another wife. And a house with a two door garage... And a stint in the military... And a steadycam... And a trip to the beach...
posted by ZachsMind at 1:33 PM on September 28, 2003

Neat effects. It looks like they've used the software camera stabilization / tracking that is more frequently found in car commercials. (Ex: the car stays locked in a fixed spot on the screen, even though it is traversing very rocky terrain, causing the world around the vehicle to look like it is moving instead.)

On a side note, I'm glad someone finally had the courage to skewer the sacred cow of Starbucks. They have escaped criticism for far too long.
posted by 4easypayments at 1:35 PM on September 28, 2003

Also, it's nice to see Victoria (High Quality) getting work.
posted by jjg at 2:18 PM on September 28, 2003

Adam Freeland rocks/kicks ass. Sometimes served on Frisky radio..
posted by giantkicks at 2:43 PM on September 28, 2003

this mathowie guy keeps doubleposting...

(OK, it's not clearly a doublepost, but someone in the older thread mentioned that the posted site was a promotion for this record.)
posted by tss at 2:55 PM on September 28, 2003

That video had pretty much everything: gratuitous logos blurred out hiphop-style, nudity, things blowing up, and some hot AM/WF action in the middle.

Too bad about the song though. They played it on a now defunct local electronica radio show every week, and the DJ kept asking us to "crank it WAY up". I cranked it way down whenever it came on.
posted by sillygwailo at 4:56 PM on September 28, 2003

What's cute is how recognizable all those logos out even pixelated. Nice job, logo designers!
posted by kindall at 6:49 PM on September 28, 2003

It's a nice video clip, and the tune is pretty decent with a Bill Hicks sample and all. (Pity I'd already seen the clip and wasted precious megabytes downloading it in my forgetful state of mind. *curses data limits*) I have heard better from Adam Freeland though. There was one thing that puzzled me in the clip. Why is the guy wearing what appears to be a woman's singlet at the end? What symbolic meaning has escaped me?? Btw, spell check doesn't recognise 'singlet', you probably call them 'jersey undershirts' in the US, or something equally strange...
posted by Onanist at 8:57 PM on September 28, 2003

Singlet works. The white ribbed cotton tank tops get called, distressingly, "Louigis" and "Wife Beaters" over here in the U.S. (Where the S stands for SUPERPOWER!--and we don't mention the other letter because we don't need U!)

Personally, I think they put that guy in the singlet because the went with the billboard they already had in their shooting plan. Cheaper to buy a singlet than put up a new billboard. That was my favorite scene, btw. See above.

It's not in our spellcheck, I'll bet you noticed. Singlet.
posted by squirrel at 11:53 PM on September 28, 2003

There was one thing that puzzled me in the clip. Why is the guy wearing what appears to be a woman's singlet at the end? What symbolic meaning has escaped me??

[talking out of my arse]

The consumerist culture that lionizes typically "masculine" displays of power (excessive high-profile consumption, militarism, violent & brash entertainment, etc) is in reality emasculating its participants.

[/talking out of my arse]

Or something like that. Hey, it can mean whatever the heck one wants... whether it's accurate or not is anyone's guess.
posted by PsychoKick at 2:36 PM on September 29, 2003

For what it's worth, I really enjoyed this video. And the Randomfoo site was a nice one too. Thanks!
posted by Rattmouth at 7:16 PM on September 29, 2003

Why's he wearing that girl's top? For the same reason why he's wearing nothing on his ass as he runs into the ocean at the very end of the piece. Cuz it's funny.

And for those of you who didn't catch all the words the first time around (cuz they go pretty fast) here they are again. The words to We Want Your Soul now frozen here for all posterity and your posterior. I would just link to them, but the page I'm copypasting from has annoying banners and popups and all kindsa.. Trust me it's better I just leave them here so ya don't have to fight through all that. ...Why, you're quite welcome. Here ya go.

Show us Your Habits, Your Facts, Your Fears
Give us your address, your shoe size, your years
your digits, your plans, your number, your eyes
your skedule, your desktop, your details, your life.
Show us your children, your photos, your home.
Here, take credit, take insurance, take a loan.
Get a job, get a pension, get a haircut, get a suit.
Play the lottery, play football, play the field, sports to boot

We want your Soul x5
(in background...Your Cash, Your House, Your Phone, Your Life, Your Cash, Your House, Your Life)

Here's programmes, here's matters, here's Britney, here's Cola
Here's pizza, here's TV, here's some rock and some rolla
Watch commercials, more commercials, watch Jerry, not Oprah
Buy a better life from the comfort of your sofa
Here's popcorn, here's magazines, here's milkshake, here's blue jeans
here's padded bras, here's long cars, here's football shirts, here's baseball caps
here's live talk shows, here's video games, here's cola lite, here's Timberlake
here's fingertips, here's colegen, here's all night bars, here's plastic

We want your soul x5
(In the background...Your Cash, Your House, Your Phone, Your Life, Your Cash, Your House, Your Life)

Your cellphone, your wallet, your time, your ideas
No barcode, no party, no iodine, no beers
your bankcard, your license, your thoughts, your fears
no simcard, no disco, no photo, not here
your blood, your sweat, your passions, your regrets
your office, your timeoff, your fashions, your sex
your tits, your pass, your face, your ass.

posted by ZachsMind at 9:10 PM on September 29, 2003

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