It’s (past) time for a Friday Two-fer!
April Fool’s Day! That somehow excuses me not posting on Friday.
So let’s get right to the meat of the matter. Hop right into this first video and then try not to run around your house with your Nintendo laser gun, shooting your relatives, roommates, or loved ones.
A video that combines elements of Kung-Fu, western, and sci-fi movies? And with a low-budget feel? How could that not be geeky? Most of us were raised on a diet of B-movies (at least the cool geeks were). And I love how the opening sequence finishes with an over-the-shoulder view of the protagonist emerging from his shack in a way that mirrors the opening bit with Glenn Scott in Lawrence Kasdan’s western epic Silverado. (What’s that? Did I just go film geek on you? Bam! Roll with it, my lovelies. Roll with it.)
Okay, maybe choosing Muse was a bit of a cheat, since everything they do is suffused with some kind of sci-fi elements. But there you go; I cheated. Bliss gives a simple visual thread to follow as Matt Bellamy jumps through the hole of the Giant Space Donut that his hometown rests on and down and down and out into space, as happens from time to time, right? Hell, even the lyrics have a kind of geekiness to them as he proclaims his desire to be cool like someone else. What geek hasn’t, in high school, perhaps, wished to be the cool kid? Maybe Antikas, I guess. He’s pretty well-adjusted.
Muse is a trio-turned-quartet that hails from England. They formed in 1994 and currently have a handful of albums (four of which I own), and a slew of recognizable hits. I can definitely recommend their earlier albums, but after Black Holes and Revelations, in my opinion, the quality becomes a bit samey. Meanwhile, peruse their Youtube collection and you’ll find sci-fi awesomeness to keep you occupied while you really should be working, guys.