Sunday, April 15, 2007

The man in black

So I've been really obsessed with Johnny Cash's American recordings. (Those crazy kids these days know it for his cover of NIN's Hurt.) I can't rave enough about how powerful these albums are. So I won't try. Just go out and get a copy if you haven't heard them yet. I'm especially wearing out American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around. Go on, I bet your library has them, or they are easily downloaded. (I don't think the Cash estate will be in the poorhouse anytime soon, so yay for piracy.)

Anyway, I happened to see that the latest single, God's Gonna Cut You Down, is nominated for best video at the CMT Music Awards. So, apparently, there is a video! Which surprised me, because it was released posthumously (unlike the Hurt video.) You can see it here at youtube. It's... weird, and ridiculously star studded. (Everyone from Chris Rock to Bono.) It's beautifully shot and i get that people wanted to pay tribute to him, but the celeb appearances are totally contrary to the spirit of the lyrics, and the statement at the beginning. But, hey, it's a killer song, and if it gets those Kenny Chesney worshipping fans listening to some real music, I'm not complaining.

1 comment:

  1. fyi...
    The full cast list in order are: Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, The Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin and Owen Wilson.