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Garbage Go Silent in Grainy ‘Blood for Poppies’ Video

'Not Your Kind of People' clip draws on classic surrealist films

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // April 4, 2012

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?