Hell Song - Sum41 Music Video

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by max401, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Anybody see this video? I'm not a big viewer of MTV, but I watch it occasionally to see how the culture is changing.

    I saw it while channel surfing last night. Funniest thing I have seen on the tube in 10 years. Apparently the creator won some awards for it.

    You can also download the mpg off of KaaZaa. Absolutely hilarious!

    PS- Don't bother if Perry Como or similar is your top drive time CD.
  2. I'd like to know how you managed to find MTV playing music. I thought they stopped that in the 80's.
  3. LOL, ain't it the truth?
  4. From a review of "Hell Song."

    The video for the "Hell Song" is an inspired effort and truly ranks within the mediums most creative of all time. Directed by noted music video director Marc Klasfeld (who has also worked with Jay Z, Nelly and Alien Ant Farm) the "Hell Song" is an imaginative masterpiece. The video features an all action figure cast and is like Toy Story on acid. Sum 41 is portrayed by action figures with tiny photos of the band members faces attached to the figures heads. The band is playing a concert on a make shift stage complete with a lite brite toy spelling out their name. The audience for this show is made up of toys of other celebrity personalities including actual figures of Korn, Kiss, President Bush, AC/DC, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Destiny's Child, The Spice Girls, The Osbournes, and many others. What makes this so clever is how low tech the video is utilizing such techniques as a hand held video camera and the toys moving Mr. Bill-style, with hands visible in nearly every shot. This really helps create the feel of a young fan making their own music video using his or her collection of action figures. Great, great stuff.

    The video is a who's who of celebrity action figures, all of which are real including many MacFarlane brand toys. There are some very funny moments including the Snoop Dogg figure turning down a hit from a bong, Jack Osbourne shooting his sister, Destiny's Child taking a dump in the toilet and President Bush showing up complete with his own mini missile. The stand out moments include the arrival of the Jesus figure who parts the crowd and shares a moment with the Marilyn Manson doll. And the fully detailed figure of porn star Jenna Jameson (and I mean fully detailed, if you haven't seen these toys before they leave nothing to the imagination. I think they are the first toys with pubic hair if I am not mistaken) playing groupie with Sum 41 drummer Steve. The video is just a feast for the eyes and requires multiple viewings to catch all the inside jokes.

    The video for the "Hell Song" in my humble opinion is one of the best music videos ever produced standing amongst the ranks of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Weezer's "Buddy Holly", Radiohead's "Just" and other classics. It is a shining example of the limitless potential that the music video genre offers. Music videos grant you the freedom to create roughly three to four minute vignettes that are not restricted by the rules of traditional storytelling. They are in essence short films that don't necessarily require any spoken word and traditional introductions, bodies and conclusions.

    So keep your eye out for Sum 41's "The Hell Song" on either MTV or MuchMusic, it will not disappoint. A great video…oh yeah, and the song isn't too bad either.