Garbage Go Silent in Grainy ‘Blood for Poppies’ Video
'Not Your Kind of People' clip draws on classic surrealist films
Garbage will see your The Artist and raise you one Un Chien Andelou. The band’s first music video in five years — for hook-crammed alt-rocker “Blood for Poppies” — reaches back into the last century and then some, taking its textured black-and-white look from classic silent films. In addition to Luis Buñuel’s eye-slicing surrealist landmark, watch out for apparent allusions to Georges Méliès’ 1902 Le Voyage Dans La Lune — you know, the one with the brand-new soundtrack by Air (there was also a Smashing Pumpkins video).
In a Ustream chat announcing the new clip, singer Shirley Manson acknowledged the influence of Buñuel and fellow surrealist René Magritte. “We piled into a transit van with the ridiculously talented team of [director and fashion photographer] Matt Irwin and Aaron Brown and hopped around little pockets of Los Angeles creating a gorgeous surrealist dream,” she said. “We ate ice cream sandwiches in the sunshine and laughed a lot. I didn’t want the shoot to end.” The wait for the first Garbage album in seven years, Not Your Kind of People, is due to end on May 15. Surreal, isn’t it?