Rock’n’roll never dies, it just becomes aware of its own ridiculousness. As previously reported, Dave Grohl directed Soundgarden’s new video for “By Crooked Steps,” off of last year’s toothsome King Animal, and Deadmau5 plays a role. Now the video is here, via Antiquiet, and it both revels in and lovingly mocks the image of heavy rock as a font of hedonistic rebelliousness.
Chris Cornell and his crew are something like a biker gang, see, except they ride Segways. When Soundgarden force some tank-topped, backwards-hatted DJ from the stage at the local bar to show the crowd some Real Music™, booze starts flowing, at least one tongue is sucked, and Officer Joel Zimmerman is called to the scene. There’s no sign of Chris Brown being involved in this particular incident, but you can never be sure.
After releasing their first album in more than a decade, Soundgarden might have more records and videos on the way. Cornell showed off some previously unreleased material at a recent live show, and he has said there’s no reason why the band shouldn’t continue to tour and put out music.
As for Grohl, he continues to be the busiest guy in show biz: He’s helping induct Rush to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he recently drummed and produced on Swedish metal band Ghost’s ABBA cover, and, oh yeah, he debuted his star-studded Sound City Players band alongside the premiere of his Sound City film earlier this month.