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One Republic, Framed

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This week's guest artists, the Colorado band One Republic, first caught the public's fancy with their 2007 hit, "Apologize." Since then, their work has sold steadily if not spectacularly, although their 2013 album, Native, hit #4 in the U.S.

This week's video, "Counting Stars," is from that album, and the video is sort of weird. The band is performing or practicing in a horrible basement somewhere. Meanwhile, in a room right above them, some sort of Christian revival is taking place. Eventually, the floor of the church room collapses, and one its members tumbles down there with the Republic guys. End of video.

We've watched this thing several times and still don't know what it means. The lyrics are no help. We got nothing. So this week, we're turning to you, our valuable and canny readers: what the heck's going on here? Anyone who can supply a satisfactory answer will win a pretty good prize, although we haven't figured out what it'll be yet. Maybe a car or something like a small house.

So enjoy the tune, enjoy our captions, and please let us know your take on this very puzzling video event.

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1 -- "Look, everybody! It's Joe Denton, who lives at 4562 Alcott Lane, and works in banking! Welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous, Joe!"

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2 -- Putting a plug for Shazam right into the video was, as we can see here, a bright idea.

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3 -- "See, the rubber tree plant used to be over there."

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4 -- "So, how are you doing, wall? Let's talk perpendiculararity."

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5 -- "Hey! The guy who writes these captions is right there, on the other side of the screen!"

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6 -- Ironically, they supported the President because he was born in Kenya.

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7 -- In the Church of Ambivalence, you only need accept Jesus as "your personal friend and a pretty good guy."

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8 -- Part of One Republic's shtick is pretending to be able to dance!

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9 -- "Begone, demons that have rendered this woman a low-paid actress in ridiculous videos!"

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10 -- "I just thought of it! This video's a crock! Dammit, I crack myself up!"

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11 -- "And just remember, the video's not over until you sing."

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12 -- "It must be Hell. Yep, there's One Republic down there."

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