don't you tell me how i feel.

flashback friday: “paranoid android” by v

So YouTube required me to sign in (proving my age?) to even watch this, per its “Community Guidelines.” I guess that’s not surprising, since I remember it as one of the more off-putting animated music videos I’d seen at the time. The censors at MTV certainly had a lot of cartoon boobs to deal with, anyway. Some of them on fish.

The video follows an average slacker dude through his average slacker life: visiting tree prostitutes, getting into bar fights, contemplating suicide (I think?) on a telephone pole until he befriends a helicopter-pilot angel who wants to play ping-pong. Meanwhile, a generically shady, frequently sweaty political dude chops his limbs off and drowns. So yeah, probably not G-rated or particularly uplifting. GREAT SONG THOUGH!

More than 10 years later, the project known as Jaydiohead brought us the genius mashup of “Android” with “Dirt off Your Shoulder,” which remains staggeringly badass.


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