She & Him’s Very Disturbing Video for "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here"

by Jessy Krupa

8 June 2010

 

The last music video She & Him made was for the pleasant “In the Sun”. Befitting of such a cutesy song, it revolved around hula hooping in a school gymnasium. So, when the twosome’s first video release for “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here“ appeared on my TV screen, I thought I was in for more of the same. After all, the clip starts innocently enough; with singer Zooey Deschanel surrounded by Disney-like cartoon birds while perched atop the gigantic letter W in the word “why”. Then, she falls off, with her body leaking cartoon blood. But that was just the beginning as her spirit crawls out of her and continues the performance, along with Pac-Man-style ghosts, grim-reaper nuns, and the guitar-playing ghost of bandmate M. Ward. And just as I think it’s going to give us a happy ending, Zooey’s body gets picked on by very cute vultures.

Being that “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here“ is the type of docile ditty that Annette Funicello would serenade Frankie Avalon with in a 1960’s surf movie, I’m a little surprised. I don’t remember any Beach Party movies that involved beheadings, but then again, I haven’t seen all of them.

If this music video were a video game, you would have to show some ID before you could buy it. Nonetheless, it’s quirky graphics certainly aren’t run-of-the-mill and it’s definitely not boring. I’m actually more shocked by the fact that it is nearly two years old and I’ve never seen or heard of it before. Still, I wouldn’t let any kids under the age of 10 watch it, for fear of them attempting to jump off of giant words or stomp on tiny ghosts.

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