I was born in 1978,
the same year that
the Tower of Song &
the Wall of Sound collaborated
on the Death of a Ladies' Man.
Your beauty on my bruise like Iodine.
Your saintly kisses reeking of Iodine.
This is a lofi, DIY music video shot on a Canon Elph digital camera. Me and my friend Matt Kubacki captured the footage on Saturday, Februaty 28th, 2009, in the Prospect Park vicinity.
The song is my cover of Leonard Cohen's, "Iodine," which originally appeared on the Phil Spector-produced album, "Death of a Ladies' Man." If you find the original online, you'll instantly hear the Spector sound. On most of the album I can get into the Spector-Cohen experiment, but the lyrics on this song were begging me to write them on a piece of paper and recite them quietly in the dark. And so I did. And then I started to hear the song the way it was probably written...a classical guitar, a waltzing skeletal pulse filling the thin walls of some Canadian garret...the nub of a candle burning down a bottle of redwine. So this is my cover of that song...
p.s My favorite clip in the video is the baseball kid. I asked his Dad if I could shoot the little video clips from over his shoulder. The kid whiffed on the first couple, and the Dad made me keep taking videos till his kid landed a hit. Notice how the kid grounds out to the shorstop and then looks up in the sky as if he cranked a homer...