If you can get Iggy Pop to appear in your video then you know you’re onto a good thing, and a lot of people are going to be paying attention to your clip. Iggy is a fan of the music of Death Valley Girls, and so was only too happy to star in the video for their latest track, ‘Disaster (Is What We’re After)’.
And attention they’ve had, and plenty of it – Rolling Stone Magazine featured the video on their website; Pitchfork, Stereogum, NME, Brooklyn Vegan, and Revolver have all said their piece about the video collab between the Godfather of Punk, and the LA group. Even food website Eater got in on the action, calling the clip “the perfect recipe for a mid-week diversion” – the reason for their interest being that Iggy sits at a table with a ketchup bottle, then proceeds to unwrap and eat a hamburger.
This “diversion” might feel a little familar if you’re a fan of alternative films: it’s a recreation of a scene in Andy Warhol’s ’66 Scenes Of America’. Los Angeles filmmaker Kansas Bowling was determined to pair the Death Valley Girls song with her tribute to the Warhol classic, and when the involvement of Iggy came to her in a dream – she went to all lengths possible to ensure her dream came true – and we’re glad she did.
In the clip, Iggy is dressed similarly to Warhol: in the colours of the American flag – blue blazer, red tie, and white dress shirt. The set is the same as well, a black formica table, white paper bag, and a grey background:
The main difference however is that while Warhol was, as he was typically, quite nervous in appearance, Iggy downs the burger with enthusiasm and and bops along to the music. Sheer brilliance.