Watch This Now: Hot Chip – “Night and Day”

“I ain’t got no ABBA, I don’t play no gabba, I like Zapp, not Zappa…”

Hey gang! Enjoy your long weekend? Sure you did, why wouldn’t you have? Oh, yeah, that’s right. The shitting rain. What was up with that? Alright, let’s quit reminiscing and dive right in. As usual, I’m a bit late to the party on something and I need to make a big deal about it before I’m too late. So, yeah: Holy FUCK, have you SEEN the new Hot Chip video?

These guys have done some game-changers in the past when it comes to their clips: I adored their Boy From School video with all the cool art surrounding them on the floor, and the video for I Feel Better is nothing short of brilliant – I’m not even going to attempt to describe it, will leave it up to your imagination. Coincidentally, that video was directed by actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz, who directs here. I say coincidentally because this video is fucking brilliant as well. It’s utter insanity, my friends: There’s Reggie Watts in a spaceship, seemingly invading the earth? There’s Lara Stone in a rival spaceship, and there’s Priscilla star Terrence Stamp in a white suit sternly lip-syncing along. There’s also a lot of gyrating, explosions and some kind of post-modern dance battle. Really, what more could you ask for?

One thing you’ve got to love about Hot Chip is the fact that they refuse to ever be “cool” on anyone’s terms but their own. To this lot, having a Dutch model and an American absurdist comedian as two battling aliens is cool as fuck – and if you’re not down with it, then there’s the door. There’s no compromise here, so you might as well get on board with it, no?


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