.

Behind the Video: The Black Lips on Their "Katrina" Clip

August 9, 2007 6:05 PM ET

The Black Lips are four Atlanta rock & roll renegades who've been playing their wildly entertaining brand of dirty blues punk since 2000. On September 11, the band -- known for truly outrageous stage shows that involve drinking pee, nudity, making out with each other and profuse bleeding -- will release their new album Good Bad, Not Evil? on Vice Records. The LP is stocked with gleefully disturbed tunes like its first single, "Katrina," which somehow manages to merge Kinks-style heartbreak pop with one of the most appalling natural (and political) disasters in American history. Rock Daily asked singer/bassist Jared Swilley about this unusual song, as well as the cheery day-glo video they made for it:

On writing a love song about a hurricane: "In a lot of ways a girl can be much like a hurricane. In this case, though, we didn't want to be political, even though we have ties to New Orleans, so we tied the two ideas together."

On why the song has only four lines of lyrics: "In this day and age of ADD, we try to appeal to those with a short attention span who wanna go ride bikes later."

On the video's larger concept: "I would describe the concept as strikingly similar to that of a Christmas tree's lights. Sometimes they're green, sometimes they're yellow, and even sometimes, they're purple. The fast shot changes pay homage to our lightning-fast wit."

On what the Black Lips will do to celebrate the release of their new album: "Continue on with our never-ending tour and maybe buy a six pack of Busch."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com