Cults (the band) have made a video about an actual cult (Peoples Temple) that was run by Jim Jones (not the rapper) and immortalized in another band name (the Brian Jonestown Massacre). Director Isaiah Seret's vision for "Go Outside" involved gathering up footage of Peoples Temple's Jonestown compound in Guyana, where over 900 people died in a mass suicide in 1978. As he writes in an director's statement (via Boing Boing), "We didn't want to put a spin on the footage or the peoples lives -- instead we wanted to re-tell and humanize their story. In order to achieve this we used a combination of stock footage, visual effects and other tricks to embed the band into the historical footage." The results are very haunting and clever.
Remarkably, that is not the only creepy video arriving this week. Swedish electro outfit Teddybears have unleashed their clip for "Cho-Cha" (featuring Cee Lo Green and the B-52's). It is really freaking eerie for many reasons, but primarily because it stars Jeff Turner, the guy who stalked Tiffany for years and was profiled in the documentary I Think We're Alone Now (at least he's branching out?). We wish we could say with certainty that no actual teddy bears were harmed during the making of the Zach Shields-directed "Cho-Cha," which premiered on Stereogum.
- Peoples Temple