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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Michel Gondry might be the greatest video director of all time. There, I said it. Along with helming movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, the frightfully creative French auteur is responsible for classics like the White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl", Björk's "Bachelorette", and Daft Punk's "Around the World". All those were included on 2003's Director's Label release The Work of Michel Gondry.
And while Gondry hasn't done too many music videos since then, he has completed a few for people like Beck ("Cellphone's Dead"), Paul McCartney ("Dance Tonight"), and the White Stripes ("The Denial Twist", which features Pitchfork's Tom Breihan in a faceless cameo). Those clips and others make up Michel Gondry 2: More Videos Before & After DVD 1, due April 14 via Gondry's website.
More info including the track list below:
The new DVD will also feature The Simpsons' "The Hardest Button to Button" parody, Gondry playing drums with funk legend Booker T, the director's famed Rubik's Cube tricks, and a new piece called How to Blow Up a Helicopter (Ayako’s Story) and described as a "heartbreaking documentary-style portrait of a girl trying to connect with her father (who happens to be Steven Seagal)" in a press release. You might have to read that last sentence twice. Full tracklist:
Michel Gondry 2: More Videos Before & After DVD 1:
01 Michael Andrews [ft. Gary Jules]: "Mad World"
02 Paul McCartney: "Dance Tonight" *
03 Thomas Dolby: "Close But No Cigar"
04 Björk: "Declare Independence" *
05 Steriogram: "Walkie Talkie Man" *
06 The Willowz: "I Wonder"
07 Beck: "Cellphone's Dead" *
08 The White Stripes: "The Denial Twist" *
09 Donald Fagen: "Snowbound"
10 Cody ChesnuTT: "King of the Game"
11 Sinead O'Connor: "Fire On Babylon"
12 Queen [ft. Wyclef Jean, Pras and Free]: "Another One Bites the Dust"
13 Radiohead: "Knives Out" *
14 Dick Annegarn: "Soleil du Soir"
15 Sananda Maitreya: "She Kissed Me"
16 Sheryl Crow: "A Change Would Do You Good"
17 The Black Crowes: "High Head Blues"
18 Leafbirds: "It Can All Be Taken Away"
19 The Rolling Stones: "Gimme Shelter"
20 Energy Orchard: "How the West Was Won”
* Features behind-the-scenes footage.
01 "The Simpsons" White Stripes Parody
02 Booker T and The Michel Gondry’s
03 Michel Gondry Solves a Rubik's Cube With His Feet
04 Michel Gondry Solves a Rubik's Cube With His Nose
05 Jack Black Beats Michel Gondry With His Rubik's Cubes
06 Herve Di Rosa: "Viva Di Rosa"
07 Conan & The Big Head
08 Paul Gondry's The Willowz: "Take A Look Around"
09 How To Blow Up A Helicopter (Ayako’s Story)
10 Forum Des Images: "L' Histoire De L'Univers"
To celebrate the DVD release, the director is hosting a Q&A at Hollywood's Montalbán Theater April 14. Here's the poster: