Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck Team in Trippy "Heaven Can Wait" Video

November 18, 2009 3:34 PM ET

We thought Lars von Trier's Antichrist would be the strangest thing we saw this year that starred Charlotte Gainsbourg. Turns out, we were wrong. Up top is the new video for "Heaven Can Wait," the first from Gainsbourg's collaborative album with Beck, IRM. Beck co-stars in the clip, a two-and-a-half minute montage that seems to incorporate and visualize all the abstract, offbeat imagery he's documented about his native Los Angeles in his 15-year career.

The video, which debuted earlier today on Spinner, was directed by Keith Schofield, but watching it you'd think Gummo auteur Harmony Korine had a hand in it. Here's a small sampling of all the WTF?! you'll see in "Heaven Can Wait": Police arresting a dude in a SpongeBob costume, a backyard boxing match next to a merry-go-round, a wigged dinosaur enjoying a bubble bath, a skateboard with hamburgers for wheels, babies dressed as hot dogs and a giant bomb with the word "Nachos" written on it. You really need to just see it for yourself to get the total, awesome effect.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, IRM's title track was released as a free download in early October. "Heaven Can Wait" is now available at digital outlets, and the physical album is due January 26th.

When Beck isn't standing next to men with half beards like in the above video, he and his Record Club — presently featuring Wilco and Feist — are covering Skip Spence's Oar one song per week over at the Modern Guilt singer's busy official Website.

Related Stories:
Flashback: Beck Performs With Charlotte Gainsbourg's Mom
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck Share New Song "IRM" Online
Beck's Record Club Tackles Skip Spence's "Oar" with Wilco, Feist

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

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.


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

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »