I get slightly obsessed with random YouTube videos. It used to be interviews with Jazz things, and has gone through war crimes courts, ping-pong cups, batman cartoons (strictly speaking that was for my little boy), pop videos and art things. Currently, I have this thing about a video of Andy Warhol eating a burger. That’s it. He pours sauce on it (‘It doesn’t come out’ he says) and then eats it so gracefully yet awkwardly, self-consciously yet confidently that for some reason I can’t take my eyes off it. Still, probably a bit excessive that I’ve watched it about twenty times. No doubt someone cleverer than me will (or already has) explain away his every move as an artistic statement (it was filmed for a Danish art movie called 66 views of America, or something like that) his bagging up his rubbish at the end as a statement of the disposability of art (I just made that up – I should do this for a living) or some such thing. Me – I don’t know. 99% of the time I think about his work and modern art in general as pieces of brilliant expression, but just every now and then I want to side with those people who poo-poo it as art. Those same people also tend to have ‘Il Divo’ Cd’s, and prints of foxes playing snooker and the like, so I generally try to block those feelings from my mind.
Dark Horses – Traps
I watched the brand new official video today of the new single by the Dark Horses. Its called ’Traps’ and to go with it they’ve also announced a March UK tour in conjunction with Artrocker, and they have been invited by Noel Gallagher to support Kasabian at The Royal Albert Hall on the 22nd of March for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Plenty of chances to see them, and the Artrocker tour is free – yeah, nothing. No excuses. I wrote about the single here, but essentially the information you need to know is that a) it’s really good, and b) it’s released as part of a double A side with ‘Boxing Day’ on the 11th March. They’re both taken from their debut album ‘Black Music’ which was released at the end of last year on Last Gang Records. It’s very reminiscent of those old Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol movies. It’s all moody and black and white and cut together, beautifully shot, but nothing new.
And then it occurred to me that it didn’t matter if the video was new or not, or a homage to those things or just an accident. It actually didn’t have to be a new idea to be ‘new’. It was still its own piece of art, and the fact that is looked beautiful, and accompanied really great music surely was the most important thing. After all, as Warhol himself said – ‘Everybody paints the same things these days, anyway.’
Andy Warhol eating a Hamburger