Framed

Johnny Cash, Framed

Framed

Lately, readers, we've been feeling a little down. As you can well imagine, writing Framed on a week-in, week-out basis is grueling, even exhaustive...especially when you consider our high standards. Plus, there's the ever-mounting bill for booze.

This week we looked around for a video that fit our gloomy mindset, and we think we've found it. It's Johnny Cash in one of the most disturbing music videos ever made: his cover of Trent Reznor's "Hurt," one of the last songs Cash released before his death in 2003. You really ought to watch this one.

In Cash's hands, the song--and video--became his own obituary, flashing back and forth between the aged star and his youthful self. Cash was filmed by director Mark Romanek in his House of Cash Museum, which had been closed to the public after sustaining flood damage years before. Like Cash himself, the museum was a wreck.

The resulting video is now regarded as a classic. It was nominated for seven MTV music video awards and won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video. And the song, which Reznor himself has described as intensely personal, is now more associated with Johnny Cash.

Despite the serious tone of "Hurt," Framed, as always, is loaded with laugh-provoking captions. Like Reznor and Cash, we have our own art to pursue, and it's here that we do it. We'll be back next week with another classic, yet amusingly lightweight, video. In the meantime, please enjoy our take on "Hurt."

 

 

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1 -- "I keep a close watch on this heart of mine/I eat a low-fat diet all the time/And I eat so much bleeping fiber it's a crime/Yes, I have jowls/Can't move my bowels."

 

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2 -- Among their many exhibits: a misstruck penny that actually weighs "16 tons!"

 

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3 -- Meanwhile, out on the edge of darkness, the Peace Train decided that millions would have to die.

 

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4 -- "He was a boy; I'd swear he was. And yet they called him Sue."

 

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5 -- The Medusa/Johnny Cash battle was pretty much all about Medusa.

 

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6 -- The chores!  The stores! Fresh air! Times Square!

 

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7 -- "What the?  Elvis? Jerry Lee? Carl? Why, those SOBs have formed a rival '$750,000 trio!'"

 

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8 -- "I may be old, but I'm open! Dammit, Favre, I'm open!"

 

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9 -- "Should I simply reunite the Replacements?"

 

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10 --  "The chances that he'll eventually die in a ginned-up Middle Eastern conflict? Good, I'd think."

 

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11 -- His lifetime average was over .400.  He once turned an unassisted quadruple play. Yet Jesus most treasured his "Best Attitude" award.

 

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12 -- "Now that you mention it, I think these actually are nine-inch nails."

 

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