It's not enough for MGMT that a fan video of their song "Kids" has like 15 million views on YouTube. They needed their own, official version.
After all, "A baby is born/ Crying out for attention," sings the Wesleyan grad/ electro-Cure wannabe in his silver lame' bodysuit with a matching foil hula skirt around his neck. And the dog's.
And while it's entirely possible that the little kid in the video is crying inconsolably because director Ray Tintori only shot, Terrence Malick-style, in that toddler version of "magic hour," the few minutes right before naptime, I highly doubt it. But I don't really care.
Even if the band and their director went to--or beyond--Jill Greenbergian lengths of manipulative meanness to scare that little kid and make him cry and scream as the storyboard called for, it's not my concern. The kid's small enough that he probably--probably--won't even remember the specifics of being chased and harangued by monsters anyway. So probably no harm done.
But the kid's real problem is his parents, the ones who agreed to put their kid in a music video in the first place--and to let his trauma be the star. No good will come of this. I mean, come on, the kid from the Nirvana album hasn't even turned 18 yet, and already he's been screwed up by his showbizzy parents. And all he did was float naked in a pool for a few seconds.
On the bright side, sweet car seat. I'd see more of that. What's that about?
MGMT | Kids - Official Video, directed by Ryan Tintori [brightcove via the fader, thanks dt reader rolf]
related? I can't quite figure out how to get the "random? related?" photo feature in the sidebar working 100% of the time, but sometimes it just NAILS it. The photos next to this MGMT post at the moment are: awkward [nude] family photos; Alan Keyes and his abortion stroller; Donnie Darko and that stalker bunny lady; and Jim's photos of abandoned Detroit schools. Nice grouping.