Heath is alive like Tupac
August 4, 2009 12:23 PM   Subscribe

The music video for Modest Mouse's new track King Rat was released today. Interestingly, it was directed by Heath Ledger two years ago, and released posthumously. Apparently, there's another one coming up. It has described as looking "like exactly the kind of thing that someone might come up with after spending a couple of months rocking Joker makeup and pretending to mutilate people." The video contains a little cartoon goriness, so be warned.
posted by azarbayejani (20 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry, the video you're trying to access is not available in your country. (Canada)
posted by tybeet at 12:35 PM on August 4, 2009

I like the video. I really want to like MM's new music.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:44 PM on August 4, 2009

Neither Heath nor Tupac will have anything on Jacko once he starts releasing new dead albums. Just you wait.
posted by mannequito at 12:45 PM on August 4, 2009

Yeah, not available here (Norway). And anyway: Don't make a MySpace link the only thing worthwhile in your post and then bury it in a bunch of Wikipedia links and YouTubes.
posted by Dumsnill at 12:46 PM on August 4, 2009

That was a cool video. I was a little annoyed by it at first, but then it became suitably creepy.
posted by scrutiny at 12:56 PM on August 4, 2009

I'm always impressed by bands who place their music in the hands of a director with a unique, and sometimes visionary, video idea - something that may be very far from that of the motivations the musician had when creating the song in the first place. Bjork is probably the best example of such an artist.
posted by adamms222 at 12:57 PM on August 4, 2009

Wow does that song suck.
posted by jeremy b at 1:19 PM on August 4, 2009

Works here, for me.
posted by Dumsnill at 1:20 PM on August 4, 2009

I liked the song and was creeped the fuck out by the video. Well done. I will never trust a pet seal again.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 1:36 PM on August 4, 2009

Wow. Video was amazing.

As someone who liked, but never loved MM, I have to say I'm digging this new track. Feels like he's letting his inner Tom Waits out at last.

Is Johnny Marr still with MM, or was that just a passing thing?
posted by lumpenprole at 1:46 PM on August 4, 2009

That was both adorable and horrifying. Thanks!
posted by LordSludge at 1:47 PM on August 4, 2009

Feels like he's letting his inner Tom Waits out at last.

A lot of the stuff off of Brock's side project reminded me of Tom Waits.
posted by burnmp3s at 1:56 PM on August 4, 2009

My daily bout of "Oh God I really should be a vegetarian, I'm so sorry!" has been satisfied, thank you. Sudden craving for fish sticks.
posted by Danila at 1:57 PM on August 4, 2009

I love modest mouse. [Defending this. Defending that. Minimalism. Such and such.]

However, I do enjoy eating fish.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 2:05 PM on August 4, 2009

i love modest mouse. i didn't find the video that creepy at first and i wasn't sure what you were all talking about. until that one whale pulled out the harpoon. and even then, for a second or so i was like, wait, what is he going to
posted by janepanic at 4:32 PM on August 4, 2009

What is with Modest Mouse and the fishermen theme in their videos?
posted by Caduceus at 5:51 PM on August 4, 2009

Human surimi. mmmmm.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:47 PM on August 4, 2009

Loved the video, but am totally, totally lukewarm on the song. I guess that would be a +1 for Heath Ledger and a 0 for Modest Mouse.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:48 PM on August 4, 2009

Even though the new EP, No One's First and You're Next is a collection of B-side singles and "nearly-not-cut" tracks from the last couple of albums, it doesn't disappoint. Also, this song is possibly the strongest on the EP, take that for what you will. And though the hardcore indie rockers hate Satellite Skin claiming it's too radio friendly, it's probably my second favorite. Or maybe Whale Song. Hard to say, they are all so darn good.

ps, love the video. deliciously disturbing and pretty well captures the much of the mood of modest mouse.

***disclaimer: I think Modest Mouse is the best band in the world. ***
posted by lyam at 9:50 AM on August 5, 2009 [1 favorite]

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