Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tomorrows Tulips - Official Video for "Baby" and "Glued To You"- In the "Creepy Box" along with "Blurred Lines" and “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain."??

Tomorrows Tulips latest video interestingly fuses together two songs, "Baby" and "Glued To You" from their upcoming Burger Records full-length album WHEN. "Baby" is a little indie punk juggernaut, instantly intoxicating and "Glued To You" with Tomorrows Tulips signature steady but slow burn feel hangs on you like a teary eyed friends hug who needs your love. I absolutely love both these tracks and they portend a killer album. Then why after watching this video am I so bummed out?

The video as directed by Dominic Santos, Tomorrows Tulips' Alex Knost and Taylor Bonin with it's staid almost catatonic look fueled by a washed Polaroid color scheme does look beautiful. What confuses me is the unnecessary almost standard female only nudity that simply feels out of place. Let me say emphatically that I am not a prude. I also appreciate the use of shock value if used in a creative way in art but when I see what I perceive as women used as your standard "rock and roll" sex objects or as simple titillation I call it out.

The thing is this. I have always considered the indie world and the overall Burger Records esthetic as a respite from the pop / hip hop world that is a feminist's worst nightmare in terms of how women and their roles are portrayed. More so than a lot of other genre's, indie and punk has always provided such a different view of women. Three weeks ago Burger Records' outstanding "punk rock Lilith Fair" Burger A-Go Go celebrated female fronted indie rock. Another thing that is clear is that the Burger Records / indie umbrella skews young. Just go to any Burger records venue and it will be all ages with kids as young as 10 years old. Tumors Tulips is part of that world. Is it their role to think about how their videos, their imagery shapes young boys and girl's minds. No, it is not but it would be nice.

That's it. That is my two cents. The official video for "Baby" and "Glued To You" (in my humble opinion) might just belong in the creepy box that also contain the videos for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Flaming Lips' “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.”

Robb Donker

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