The clip opens with America’s first president (played by “Spinning on Air” radio host David Garland) popping Viagra and strapping on a VR headset for his deranged pleasure. From a player menu, he selects “Kurt Cobain’ed” – rather than “Biblo Clinton” or “Juan Arbuckle” – and uses a massive, Nintendo-styled controller to navigate the eye-popping world of his creation.
First, the Nirvana frontman is tied to a pole and whipped by Ronald McDonald. Then, after selecting the “Cross-Bearing” option from the game menu, Washington is transported to an equally disturbing scene, where Cobain is crucified next to Jon Arbuckle from Garfield and a saxophone-playing Bill Clinton. (Father John Misty himself, Josh Tillman, appears as a McDonald cohort with hook hands, and a papier-mâché version of the burger joint’s mascot erupts from his stomach, Alien-style.)
The collective behind the wild video, Four Gods and a Baby, includes Culkin, Adam Green, Thomas Bayne and Toby Goodshank.
“Total Entertainment Forever” is the fourth single from Father John Misty’s recently released third LP, Pure Comedy, following the title track, “Two Wildly Different Perspectives” and “Ballad of the Dying Man.”