Okay, so in trying to “get” Joy Division a few weeks ago I revisited some of New Order’s music, which reminded me of the video for their 1988 hit “True Faith.” And I forgot how truly bizarre the video for that song is.
Wikipedia describes it as “surreal,” but that’s being kind. The opening shows a man with sea-green skin and a pointed trash bag on his head, wearing what looks like a barrel, and a normal-looking man (also wearing barrel-like apparel), and they’re slapping each other – in sync with the drums, no less! Later, someone in a blue inflatable suit runs backwards in slow motion; the scene soon expands to three people in different colored inflatable suits, running backwards.
I’m not doing it justice. Suffice it to say that the rest of the video features a copper-colored girl with no legs (wearing headphones and a barrel) signing the lyrics, weird people bouncing on trampolines, and oh yeah – every once in a while, the band.
See for yourself. The song is great, but I still have nightmares about this video. Yeesh.