Watch Dan Deacon's P90X-Sampling 'Crash Jam' Video

Popular workout footage becomes scary cult clip

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Chris Martins

Dan Deacon and his posse of Baltimore art goons have a history of culture-jamming, so it shouldn't come as a great surprise that instead of shooting a music video for the frenetic America song "Crash Jam," the left-field popist had a pal edit some P90X workout footage to fit. The popular home exercise program's notoriously rigorous regimen is sped up, slowed down, and otherwise screwed wit' to make its practitioner Tony Horton and his acolytes seem more like members of a strange cult than people trying to get healthy. When the intensely exuberant song calms, the people on the screen take a nap. When the music quickens, their movements follow suit. And when the track begins to resonate with an om-like swell, the contorted bodies onscreen appear to initiate some strange sort of prayer. Maryland local Ben O'Brien edits, and the YouTube description includes, "Big thanks to Tony." Hopefully the fitness guru appreciates Deacon's sense of humor (or at least has a liberal definition of "fair use"). Watch above, while this thing is still online.

Dan Deacon tour dates:

March 7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston *
March 8 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
March 9 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
March 11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland *
March 12 – Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater *
March 13 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *
March 15 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall *
March 16 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
March 17 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre Madison *
March 18 – Minneapolis, WI @ First Avenue *
March 20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
March 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre *
March 22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
March 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
March 24-26 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
April 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
April 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Kimmel Center (Perelman Theater)
April 20 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
April 27 – New York, NY @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 22 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
May 30-June 02 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
June 21-24 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
July 12-14 – Mariaville, KY @ Camp Bisco Music Festival
July 19-21 – Ferropolis, DE @ Melt! Festival

* = w/ Animal Collective

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