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Menomena: Rotten Hell

This video for Menomena’s Rotten Hell from the Oregon band’s latest album, Friend and Foe, regains some of the underlying experiential thematic meaning that is attached to the age-old image of the school lunchroom food fight.  In a cleverly droll take on the song’s lyrics about violence and self-righteous moral conviction (“Well it’s high time we stepped outside, Drop the gloves and settle this like a man“), this juicy video clip gathers a group of uniformed schoolchildren and has them flinging sloppy, sloppy spaghetti at one another.  Presented in a manner that creates an affective counterpoint to the actual ongoing violence of the pasta combat, the action is captured in slow motion from the initial incident of provocation to the concluding full-fledged Braveheart-style battle charge, the video’s emotional impact is at the same time elegantly alluring, touching and hilariously eccentric.

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