When I first heard 'Invisible Light' by Scissor Sisters last year I immediately said like many people 'that's Welcome to the Pleasuredome!" - so this obvious mashup had to be done and hence it being released under my Captain Obvious monicker - but really it's an Instamatic track in every other way.
The video is a tribute to Kenneth Anger (who like Jodorowsky influenced the Scissor Sisters video) and my love for Len Lye crept in somehow hence the halftone glitches inspired by his work...this uses a lot of Anger's films from his first 'Fireworks' to Lucifer Rising and of course 'Inauguration of the Pleasuredome' which fits the theme perfectly - the Frankie track was criticised at the time for encouraging excess, but as Coleridge (In Kubla Khan a Pleasuredome Decree) and they would say it's actually about the opposite (hence nearly all the members of the band being consumed by their own desires in the video).
I'm sure Anger and Scissor Sisters would also agree on that theme as it also pops up in their work too - the Dionysian excess leading either to spiritual reawakening or Miltonian Fall...the ecstasy and the agony, the light of pleasure and the darkness of desire.
Jeez this is getting a little too like a thesis for a Vimeo post so I'd better stop...just remains to say this is quite a personal video for me, it contains artistic themes I've been thinking about for a while - the whole Dionysus vs Apollo concepts (Nietzsche no less) and duality...and of course it's mega gay, so that's right up my street too (the shorter mix 'Silenus in Shorts' is a reference to my partner).
You can find more mashups inc the MP3s for this here: mutantpop.net/artists/ and download the MP3: mutantpop.net/artists/instamatic/the-light-of-pleasure-dionysus-vs-apollo-captain-obvious and my blog at radioclashblog.com
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