Here is the music video for Bag of Bones by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! Directed and animated by Joseph Jensen and yours truly. It premiered on Vice Magazine’s music website Noisey, and has also been featured and received cool write ups on Spin, Papermag, Stereogum, Clash Music, Elmore Magazine, Exclaim and Bust and many others.
Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Lucy Dyson and Joseph Jensen. Oil projections by Steve Pavlovsky at Liquid Light Lab NYC. 2nd camera (live footage) Anna Steele.
Joe and I have both been big Blues Explosion fans since our early teens, so we were super excited about making this video. We have been lucky to do some work for Gemma Ray and Bronzerat Records since moving to Berlin, so when Andy at Bronzerat (who put out the JSBX’s latest album Meat & Bone) put Jon in touch with us about a video, we leapt at the opportunity. Not only were the Blues Explosion the first band I used my big sister’s ID to go and see play when I was 15 (at The Palace in St Kilda in 1997, since burnt down), but the next day at the crack of dawn, still buzzing from the show, my friends and I went to the ABC TV studios to be part of the under-age live audience for the band’s performance on the Saturday morning tv show Recovery. That Blues Explosion performance ended up making Australian live television history.
You can watch it below and even see me (around the 4:07 mark, wearing a red jacket and sporting ~ a very 90s ~ short bleached hairstyle), with my friend Billy in the “kitchen” area of the television set (we volunteered to do an embarrassing cooking segment on the show). Mid performance, tearing the studio apart, Jon Spencer climbed up on our kitchen bench and kicked cocktail onion juice on us. It was amazing and one of the most exciting performances I saw as a teenager. It also definitely influenced some of the animated bar brawl scene in the Bag Of Bones video.