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Lynching Moby

The antidote to selling out, or what a 6-year-old has to do with a Beatles reunion.

Despite a certain eponymous equation, we like Moby. The man is a solid live performer, a smart businessman, and just a nice guy who, like us, likes tea and lowercase. And his is new video, Shot In The Back of The Head, makes us like him even more — because it was directed by none other than David Lynch, and done so brilliantly.

Somehow, in 3 minutes and 15 seconds, Lynch manages to unleash all his neo-Renaissance personas — film director, screenwriter, producer, painter, cartoonist, composer, and sound designer. The video is part Mulholland Drive, part German Expressionism, part reckless 6-year-old on the run with a black crayon.

The song itself, a dreamy instrumental departure from Moby’s usual commercially licensable fare, is a free download on Moby’s website. It comes from the forthcoming album Wait For Me, out June 30th.

As unlikely as the Lynch-Moby pair may be, the two already crossed paths at Lynch’s Change Begins Within benefit earlier this month. (Yep, same one where the closes thing to a Beatles reunion took place.)

And given Lynch’s history of casting musicians in his films (Sting in Dune, David Bowie and Chris Isaak in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Billy Ray Cyrus in Mulholland Drive), we won’t be too surprised to see a Moby cameo in Lynch’s forthcoming My Son, My Son, What Have You Done, or maybe even a surprise one in the already-in-pre-production King Shot, out later this year.

Plus, there does seem to be a running theme there with all the shooting.

Published April 16, 2009




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