Ratatat Stock Footage Video

Posted by Scott

The video for Ratatat’s new single Drugs is absolutely horrible, which is exactly what they wanted. Carl Burgess scoured the depths of the Getty Images archives and pieced together this string of painful moments set to music. The recycled mediocrity vibe is strong and there is a fair amount of uglification going down via some video post. I have to imagine someone involved in this project is a big Tim & Eric fan, and perhaps watched one too many Aphex Twin videos.

Via Today And Tomorrow

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Design Police says:

August 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

So many poorly-fitted shirts, sooo much kaki, sooooo much bad hair – i love it! How did you manage to get all of my clients to volunteer for this?!


Chuck says:

August 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

That’s it! I am going straight to Getty to download this groundbreaking stock footage. Simply incredible raw emotion captured here! Wowsers!


drew kora says:

August 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

Ha! Incredible. At work we often run across the stock video on Getty and iStock — and we’re always like “who will actually use this stuff?” Well, now we know.


Shelby says:

August 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

The ladies face at 1:16—is it just me or does that ladies face look permanently stuck on iChat’s pinch face video preset?


Michael says:

August 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Wow, i never knew how excited I could get when Tim & Eric and Aphex Twin are mentioned in the same sentence. You just made my day


David says:

August 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I see whats going on, but can’t help to think the amount of effort put into this is merely a waste of talent and time. Didn’t really care to watch this.

With that being said, I’m sure there are a lot that think the same thing about the programming on Adult Swim. (of which I am a fan of)


Graham says:

August 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I dig the originality and I don’t find it painful at all. If you think that was messed, check out the vid for MIA’s “born free”. Be warned, it is very disturbing and was taken down from youtube. But one of my favourite clips of all time.


staygold says:

August 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

I am sorry, but the creativity and originality of this clip is just close to zero in my eyes. I do agree there is potential in the use of stock footage for a video work, but if the concept and the realization stays as shallow as the source – it’s wasted. They added cynicism, that’s all. Poor Eric, poor Aphex to be thrown in one pot with this…