Not satisfied with hailing Hall & Oates’ “Maneater” with such praise as “who could resist the temptation of a 41-second saxophone solo that basically sounds like a rhino getting a blowjob?”, Fitted Sweats’ Jeff Johnson is deeply troubled by the video for Roxy Music’s “More Than This”.
I’ve been on these drugs before, and I don’t like them. I watch this and I feel like Bret Easton Ellis is going to pop up out of nowhere and stuff his cock in something that I generally put food in. Bryan Ferry looks too much like Robert Chambers here. His eyes are maybe romantic? Or coke-addled? Not sure. I like Roxy Music. I like their body of work. And this song is almost excellent, the lyrics are really great, but it is missing something, and the video doesn’t do a very good job of sweeping it under the rug.
Sofia Coppola, who’s fashioned an entire persona out of acting as chilly and disaffected as Kim Gordon, wisely had Bill Murray karaoke this song in Lost in Translation. Personally, I would have liked to have seen Murray do “Under the Milky Way” by The Church (at 20, it’s almost old/obscure enough now to reintroduce through the hipster prism) or drunkenly scream his way thru “Back of Love” by Echo & The Bunnymen. But his character was SUBTLE. Okay, I get it. You know what would have slayed? Him doing “shipbuilding” with Robert Wyatt’s creepy voice.
But anyway, we got “More Than This” and a very, very charming movie. If you only watch it one time. Lost in Translation, on repeated viewings is really grim, and sort of insulting.