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Ladytron - Ghosts (Dir. Joseph Kahn)

one of my favorite moments
See the premier of Joseph Kahn's amazing new video for Ladytron 'Ghosts'. The video was shot on 16mm (correction - not HVX) over a weekend in the desert with a skeleton crew and a haunting treatment that would frighten many record execs. This is by far their best video, I never imagined such a vivid portrayal of the girls would work so well. After another viewing, this one's a classic to be hailed, especially considering the state videos are in. It's also interesting insight into the director Joseph Kahn who is famous for his high profile work with major artists. *He invested the entire budget for the sake of creating the piece. 5/5 stars.

"" click on: LADYTRON - GHOSTS

iheartelectro, May 13, 2008 at 3:08:52 PM CEST

this feels a little inspired by depeche mode's work with anton corbijn, I remember them being listed as one of Ladytrons main influnces. I really love this video, for the first time the band looks sexy, the girls are amazing and the idea is pretty cool too. I love the themes and undertones... We need more videos like this!

tHeCaLlInG, May 13, 2008 at 3:11:00 PM CEST


progosk, May 13, 2008 at 3:20:15 PM CEST

60mb flv. pretty damn tight, this: stellar edit, nice style & photographic choices (swing&tilts're back!), nails the track.

luisbanana, May 13, 2008 at 4:02:47 PM CEST

STUNING images, but very traditionally music video.

Maybe it lacks narrative.

captainmarc22, May 13, 2008 at 5:05:28 PM CEST

okay, this is great looking HVX. And it's cool that Joseph Kahn is doing a low budget video.

But other than that, it's just shots of people walking around with some cool lens shit on it.

I dunno. It's not bad. But it's pretty forgettable. Sort of reminds me of a 00's version of a 90's video.

I admit though, the field of rabbits at the end was awesome... but not enough to make me think anything more than "not bad."

And how could this treatment scare record execs? I was expecting nudity and/or decapitations.

spit, May 13, 2008 at 5:28:01 PM CEST

Apparently Kahn dropped a ton of his own money into this one.

lusk81, May 13, 2008 at 6:01:25 PM CEST

I'm not really believing this to be an hvx. Even with an M2 or movietube mount, this is still surprisingly film looking (ignore the grain/scratches/and grade -- notice image).

Would love to hear more on this.....

setanor, May 13, 2008 at 6:09:18 PM CEST

you know, yeah, it's a traditional music video, but everything that comes out now is just saturated with self-referential bullshit that only works if it can grab you in fifteen seconds and then you lose interest after two anyway.

i'd be all for seeing more "traditional" music videos that look this amazing. that's probably what scared the record execs so much. there's no hook!

thank fucking god...

kee, May 13, 2008 at 7:09:11 PM CEST

Really glad that the band didn't whip out their guitars and drum set in this video. I like this song a lot... I think a track still makes or breaks a video, no matter how great the visual component may be.

framescourer, May 13, 2008 at 7:20:50 PM CEST


iheartelectro, May 13, 2008 at 7:51:39 PM CEST

the video doesn't lack narrative in my oppinion, there's subplots happening all under the umbrella of ladytron driving across the desert - ghosts behind the wheel of their little beat up yellow car. the girl is the witness to their bizarre witchcraft (so cool).

there is a book with rabbits during the bridge scene at night... i forget what the title says.

personally - this is one of my favorite videos by kahn and BY FAR the best thing ladytron has ever put out.

it is a "traditional" music video... it actually attempts to be artful. screw obvious narrative. this is raw imagery conjuring raw emotion.

progosk, May 13, 2008 at 8:55:39 PM CEST

it's "watership down" 'course. (nice to see all these new commenters... like little rabbits just appeared in the desert...)

familiar, May 13, 2008 at 9:17:45 PM CEST

Interesting. I am not a fan of this. The Corbijn reference seems pretty clear, yeah. Parts of "Personal Jesus" had a remarkably similar feel -- but it was a much better video.

Sorry, file this under boring and over-produced. I'm expecting Neuromancer to be an epic fail.

tHeCaLlInG, May 13, 2008 at 9:21:36 PM CEST


roosfass, May 13, 2008 at 9:36:31 PM CEST

couldn't see it on that website, its on youtube though,

familiar, May 13, 2008 at 9:59:14 PM CEST

(^^^ or you could download the FLV above ^^^)

bobafettich, May 13, 2008 at 10:39:18 PM CEST

great!!! havn´t seen a video like this for a long time...reminds me of DJ Shadows "High noon"...if anyone remember that one....

shoplifter, May 13, 2008 at 10:39:33 PM CEST

if this was shot on an hvx then the dop deserves to be paraded through streets of his or her local town on the shoulders of models whilst people chant their name and feed them grapes, fan them with big leaves and worship them like a hero.

my name is legion, May 13, 2008 at 11:43:30 PM CEST

meh, this is like so 95. with all those scratches and noises besides, ive seen 16mm perform better than this. yadda yadda, rabbits in the desert (10 narrative subplots - give me a fucking break), blah blah blah

iheartelectro, May 14, 2008 at 12:12:08 AM CEST

95 was way cheesier. no complaints the film treatment or that aspect. as far as the narrative goes, i guess i just prefer the abstract and open ended - if it's going to be a music video i want to be moved by iconic visuals and the music, not a pretentious plot.

for the people that enjoy music videos-trying-to-be-films,here's one you might like, it has very 'modern' cinematography and a really cohesive story... so it appears anyway, i couldn't made it through the chorus. videos in 08 suck. i say bring back the 90's and early 00's. at least there was promise then.

sussudio, May 14, 2008 at 12:50:54 AM CEST

Lot's of new posters and all almost instantaneously after the original post. I smell a Rep. therevolution is almost certainly the director, his rep, his producer, or his friend. I'd say the same for iheartelectro and tHeCaLlInG. Post reads like a press release. "Rumor has it he invested the entire budget just for the sake of creating the piece. 5/5 stars." What rumor? Was that on Perez?

therevolution, May 14, 2008 at 1:05:57 AM CEST

Im a friend and a freak fan of ladytron and a video director myself (i'll spare my resume for fear of slaughter). I hope this reaches Perez, they're part of the Justice camp - it could happen. They need the exposure here in the states. Spread the link!

wildswan, May 14, 2008 at 2:18:47 AM CEST

not amazing but not bad either, love the shots with the dogs and de light.

lisanowak, May 14, 2008 at 2:26:23 AM CEST

Crystal Castles eat Ladytron for breakfast.

therevolution, May 14, 2008 at 2:37:08 AM CEST



So far Velocifero sounds ike it's going to be a more mellow than Withing Hour, but still a fantastic record. Crystal Castles are a different flavor of candy, also delicious... but I can't compare the two

najork, May 14, 2008 at 6:03:15 AM CEST

tHeCaLlInG, May 14, 2008 at 6:20:14 AM CEST

IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW :gasps:... very creepy.

progosk, May 14, 2008 at 8:43:09 AM CEST

therevo: erm, merely over-upping the datarate and inflating the audio doesn't get you any higher quality than the h.263/mp3 of the original flv. recoding this to h.264/aac, even at isquint's "perfect" setting to conserve the maximum possible quality (datarate 1500kbit/s) would get you a 46mb file instead of your 148mb bloat. jes sayin'...

my name is legion, May 14, 2008 at 10:11:06 AM CEST

offtopic: wkw's 'there's only one sun/aurea' promo for philips aurea looks more than a music video-tryina-bein-a film than this one here

blair of the black, May 14, 2008 at 3:18:28 PM CEST

i really like it, some really beautiful images going on.

With the recent Dougal debate in mind, who cares if the style is old. Most music is exploring something older, so it follows that the videos do too.

Many things trying to push forward are great now, which is good for the semi-disposable nature of music videos, but date badly.

Sounds like we're still loving the A.C. Depeche Mode stuff though. Room for all if it.

Sells the band, and is a beautiful watch, thats for sure.

wargames, May 14, 2008 at 5:28:18 PM CEST

some cool imagery, but i found it kinda boring to be honest...

kalstark, May 14, 2008 at 10:39:36 PM CEST

Good vid and I seem to be enjoying JK's work more and more every day. He's a vastly talented Director/DP/Editor combo and doesn't get nearly as much credit as he deserves. That said, I can imagine no possible defense for 'Torque' but we're all allowed one or two mulligans.

Anyhow, with regards to any and all comments about being bored - I'm stunned that the video kept me as interested as it did given that the last half of the video is one line of the chorus over and over and over and over again...Ack! A director's worst nightmare that.

After all, we live and die by the music we create visuals for and if the song has nothing to say...

iheartelectro, May 14, 2008 at 11:01:27 PM CEST

I can't get enough of the 70's split screens. It looks amazing in full rez. Thanks!

lusk81, May 15, 2008 at 1:43:32 AM CEST

Some bullshit commentary getting posted round here....

Above says this was shot with a 'skeleton crew'. What does that mean for Kahn?

sussudio, May 15, 2008 at 9:49:27 AM CEST

Agreed. I'd also say kalstark = iheartelectro = tHeCaLlInG = therevolution = JK.

progosk, May 15, 2008 at 10:51:33 AM CEST

erm, suss: kalstark = mv director in hollywood; th'others are indeed new round here - as are you, i might add...

therevolution, May 15, 2008 at 7:40:36 PM CEST

this aint joseph kahn, i'm a friend and fan of him/ LT. you craze. if you'd like to speak to the real man, his myspace is googleable. but maybe i should roll with this whole JK indent... i like the electric power i'm feeling in my fingertips!!

there's some haters on this forum!

bienvenido, May 15, 2008 at 7:59:11 PM CEST

why are people with high standards and good taste often referred to as haters?

therevolution, May 15, 2008 at 8:55:04 PM CEST

nothing against the oppinions here, all valid - the reason why i dig this forum..

just dissaponted by unnecessary negativity... call me a bitch.

piore, May 17, 2008 at 3:59:19 AM CEST

what a bunch of shit comments.

antiochus66, May 24, 2008 at 2:24:15 AM CEST

hvx video forget it.

arriflex 16 sr3. the last time i looked it was made in germany and had film in it. yes it's traditional but a real nice job. great analogue images.

gwan, June 3, 2008 at 10:07:15 AM CEST

I like the fact that he invested the entire budget in the video, like on what bunny rentals? a bunny wrangler? probably more likely the majority of the budget went to a post production agency to make his aimless direction of cliche "band in a desert" footage tolerable.

5/5 bunnies

Good to know skate video are "in" though. (Directors take note)

kevathens, June 26, 2008 at 10:55:22 PM CEST

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