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iPod song of the week – Beck video

Filed under : iPod Song of the Week
On July 29, 2007
At 9:10 pm
Comments : 5

I wasn’t especially inspired by any song this week, so I thought instead I’d link to this video. I’ve never really been a Beck fan although I was as amused by “Loser” as the next person. Once he got serious I kind of lost interest. But recently this bizarre and tragic story unfolded here in New York where a famous video artist, Jeremy Blake, is thought to have killed himself by just walking into the ocean after his companion, another famous person in the art world (can you tell I know nothing about the art world?) killed herself. They’re not sure; they found a body but it hasn’t been confirmed that it’s him.

Evidently, they’d both been exhibiting odd behavior, believing the Scientologists were after them, which dated back to Blake doing this video for Beck (who is a Scientologist). Strange. But people tend to become even more famous after their deaths and maybe I never would have seen this video if all this hadn’t transpired. I’m utterly mesmerized by both the video and the song, the last which almost seems an elegy for the artist, which of course it isn’t. I’m thinking about putting this song (Round the Bend) on my iPod but I’m afraid it won’t hypnotize me the same way without the abstract washes of bright color all melting slowly into each other. So beautiful, so sad.

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5 Comments for this post

  1. KP says:

    Interesting choice. Sad story.

    As for Beck, I never really got into him. I always felt like I “had” to like him, which of course made me not want to like him.

    Scientology always makes me think of South Park and that episode with Tom Cruise and John Travolta in the closet.

  2. kb says:

    I’ve heard that it’s pretty scary when the scientologists are after you. They have private investigators and everything. Really.

    I need to put this video on my ipod.

  3. Becca says:

    Scientology makes me think of the guy in Airplane trying to get a charitable contribution in the airport as he gets decked. “Scientologeeeee…….”

  4. kb says:

    if you ever want to know more about scientology, I happen to be close to someone who is an ex-scientologist. I can point you to some really freaky stuff about them.

  5. Becca says:

    I’m waiting for Tom Cruise to call me personally and explain it. Second choice would be John Travolta. Beck would be a sorry last resort.

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