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The Cribs - "Men's Needs"

not sure who the director is but here's the video for the new single of the superb uk indie rock band of brothers--the cribs; the uncensored version is available at for those of you that are curious...

academian, April 27, 2007 at 12:56:14 PM CEST

The Director was Diane Martel.

antiville, April 27, 2007 at 1:04:13 PM CEST

Miss Martel? It doesn't figure. Watching this i would've said a debut director.

i'm more curious why the nakedness is obscured, yet they didn't censor the blood spurting limbs. Damn strange censorship. If this gets airplay as it stands i'll be mighty suprised.

Upon viewing the uncensored version i now see why they chose to cover THAT body.

Nice post work - plastic performance - overall nothing to shout about.

kevathens, April 27, 2007 at 1:27:38 PM CEST

The uncensored version is great (link). Was that one-take?

progosk, April 27, 2007 at 3:01:53 PM CEST

uncensored direct wmv.

nu_shuz, April 29, 2007 at 5:53:04 PM CEST

wow. i found that utterly depressing. horrible, and not in the way she intended.

progosk, April 29, 2007 at 11:13:30 PM CEST

i'm with shuz on this.

dead000, May 1, 2007 at 6:16:26 PM CEST

Was it one take? No. Worked on this shoot and Diane delivered what she said she would.

Shuz, you found it depressing? Really? Why?

We shot two versions for the video. The DP was Shaun Kim.

Congrats Diane, it turned out great.

nu_shuz, May 1, 2007 at 8:58:04 PM CEST

heya dead. to me (perhaps just me) the video felt a bit... nasty. nasty looking, nasty colours, nasty performance, nasty effects. there was no humour, no visual flair, no sense of performance. i understand the anti-video approach, but i felt very distant from the whole thing, and that the whole thing seemed very distant from the music somehow.

i rarely feel compelled to criticise the work here, but this one got my back up for some reason. perhaps i'll substitute 'depressing' for 'joyless'.

anyway, there it is, for what its worth.

kayser_sauze, May 2, 2007 at 5:25:34 AM CEST

What's the second version like?

dead000, May 2, 2007 at 10:13:19 PM CEST

Kayser, Let me rephrase that...a clean version which has the "actress" in a nude leotard minus the vomit gag and throwing a cucumber in lieu of the machete. The other version is the one you see minus the black bars and a bit more blood.

As for people not getting the humor displayed in this video, I completely understand but at least give Diane credit for attempting something different, whether you feel she was successful or not. It was intended to be schlocky and have a real DIY feel to it. Personally, I feel she succeeded.

Apparently NME.COM is reporting this clip is number one on the site over there.


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