You might not know it, but once upon a time Goo Goo Dolls were a swaggering, staggering, scrappy rock band trying to slash their way out of Buffalo. Cult favorites, especially for those looking for an underdog replacement for The Replacements, but not even a blip on the mainstream until they slowed it down for the undeniable, inclusionary smash "Name."
The new Gaslight Anthem single is a moodier animal, but it's a similar sort of song that makes damn sure you know the goal isn't to be Bruce Springsteen's favorite young punk/rock band from NJ, but to rule the world. "Get Hurt" wears a bruised heart on its sleeve and meets the pop world halfway — imagine a hydra consisting of "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Careless Whisper" and the Springsteen ballad of your choice — while still maintaining some ragged edges around this moody ballad. The video even features some dancing, but don't get too nervous: Gaslight leaves that to the patrons who find spiritual release as the band just focuses on doing their thing.
First off, you have to love any video that opens with a message that it's "for entertainment purposes only" — or maybe it's a coy way of saying that too many videos are boring and serve no purpose at all. Anyway. But, it's the subsequent lines of the foreward that make you realize that 2 Chainz is treading on hallowed ground, or rather moonwalking.
"Freebase" is a lo-fi remake of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, placing 2 Chainz into that red leather jacket and getting his groove on with some walking dead. It's awesome, even if I wish they had an Ola Ray cameo in it.
What looks at first like a collection of vintage newsreels turns out have a Zelig suprise with singers Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos integrated into some unlikely places...
Benjamin Kutsko, director:
"The only shooting I did was a day of green screen with Alex and Jade. We had to shoot all of the plates specific for each shot to match the lighting, so the edit had to be done before we ever shot anything. It was a much larger undertaking than I anticipated, so much time researching all of the history and finding the moments that felt right. And then there was the issue of rights and working within the budget, trying to find as much public domain as possible and saving the budget for the shots we had buy."