Hello again, I was just about to see if I could find something daft to watch on Netflix or YouTube tonight and call it a day when I stumbled upon this just uploaded video beneath. I usually try and check for new Clash related uploads every now and then in case I’ve missed something exceptional and whilst this might not fit that category it’s definitely worth a watch.
Consequently this might be one of the shortest posts you’re likely to find on the blog but at least there’s a play button to be pressed. The video brings a segment of that JohnWilson interview with Joe Strummer in September 1999 and sets it to an arresting set of visuals. I featured that interview a while back on the blog and felt it deserved your attention, funnily enough this was one of my favourite segments from the interview.
Now I’m not one for getting over-excited about videos, computer graphics and stop motion animation or photography, though I confess to liking a bit of Wallace and Gromit when I have the time. Point being the video is watchable and cleverly done, however through that what permeates most are Joe’s words and his message which although somewhat meandering really does hit home. There’s something about Joe chatting that gives you such a great canvas for ideas.
The video creator has also done a nice job interjecting a good dose of Clash imagery within. I regret I can’t tell you that much about the developer although I believe Spanish, his name is Antoni Sendra and here’s a short feature I just found about the film on lifelounge.com - appears to be a Russian upload for the video (?) and his/her site is now deleted (pirate bastard). Last addition, a FB page for Bulletproof Thoughts, arty stuff indeed.
*addendum* Antoni was kind enough to get in touch and explained that the video was uploaded without permission by the aforementioned Russian (now not linked or named) and is hosted on Vimeo below. What’s up with the behaviour of some Russians lately? Next thing you know they’ll let homophobia overshadow hosting the Olympics and put young bands in prison for no reason…
Antoni’s comments are in the comments section and include a link to notes about the making of the short.
Right then, lights out for me and I hope you enjoy the film or at least give it a go.
Joe Strummer – Bulletproof Thoughts (by Antoni Sendra)