New NIN Video Contains Games, Dishes
That Trent, always trying to rock the proverbial boat. The clandestine NIN
video for "Starfuckers, Inc." (that's "Starsuckers" for the MTV crowd)
Tuesday on MTV. There were many surprises, cameos, carnival games (you do
like carnivals, don't you?), creepy nose tubing, the inexplicable bashing of
dinnerware, shnozz tape, and toilets. That's a veritable smorgasbord, eh?
Here, I'll be more specific. The video traces Reznor as he partakes in a
of sorts (hey, that's my favorite R.E.M. song!) with a voluptuous blonde
mystery date...ok, it's Marilyn Manson, people. Marilyn. Manson. But you
don't find that
out until the end (in writing parlance, we refer to that as the "kicker").
During the clip, Reznor samples a popular carnival game (games are fun) that
baseballs at dinner plates, but see these are not regular dinner plates --
oh no -- these dinner plates have faces on them. Whose faces? Well I'll tell
Manson (ok), Fred Durst (sure), Gene Simmons (blasphemy!), Michael Stipe
(come now), Mariah Carey (yes yes yes yes yes!), as well as tossing the
balls at a
bust of himself (really postmodern) and of Billy Corgan (I'm ok with this
because he is bald). Other highlights: a delightfully obese Courtney Love
tape over her nose perched atop a dunking booth labeled "waste." Later,
Reznor throws CDs into a commode. There is even a second "kicker"-Manson
the very Lynch-ian video. And it's actually quite funny. And well done.
That's a poor kicker.
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