The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful
Imagine my surprise to see that the video for a song celebrating the destructive, melodramatic and snide aspects of human nature that has almost no creative energy behind its images. We have tattered drum corps that really just looking like a methadone line forced to play band camp for day. Splashes of paint smear the screen but the effect is campy, psychedelic, the antithesis of their sound. If this is itself a cheeky inversion of their image, then I'm afraid I have to give up out of the sheer exhaustion of following such Olympic level posturing. Allison Mosshart forgoes her pitch black mane for Flo's wig from Alice making a perfunctory stab at the retro junky look that serves the video only in the sense of adding another decade to the slopped pastiche. This song sounds sexy and dangerous, but the video is simply lazy, limp and tame. They may as well have done it on a mountain top with someone's "eyes on fire" for all the energy put into tossing this half-assery together.