Phoenix Trying To Be Cool In Bizarre New Video

07/03/2013
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(Radio.com) Phoenix's new video for "Trying To Be Cool," off of their latest album Bankrupt, is full of very bizarre non-sequiturs. The camera follows the band around a film set that includes a baboon, a cannon, and a few dancing girls in bikinis.

If that wasn't weird enough, we see vocalist Thomas Mars choosing from assorted mustaches, playing ping pong against himself (he even shows off a behind the back shot) and beating a child at chess. What are the rest of band doing? Well, playing through confetti and bubbles, of course.

The French foursome enlisted the assistance of director collective Canada, whose previous clients include Two Door Cinema Club, Justice, Scissor Sisters and an eclectic mix of controversial television ads. But this was to be no normal video shoot with the band merely standing around playing their instruments.

The music video was shot in one take using two crews, who you can sometimes spot rushing in and out of the shots. Using a countdown clock–set for only 16 seconds–the crew kept track of when they would need to switch views. One mess-up and they'd have to start all over again.

But the tricky live shoot gives the whole thing an unpredictable feel as the four guys nonchalantly traipse in and out, poking fun at the idea of cool.From the Flock of Seagulls haircut to the homage to the hipster homage to Marilyn Monroe, Phoenix also show they've got a pretty good sense of humor.

It all ends with the guys wearing matching white satin bomber jackets with the band's name embroidered on the back surrounded by a group of dancers who have choreographed a special dance specifically for their song. Yeah, we don't get it either, but we like it. Check it out here.

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