Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips Moody 'Go'

Like much of his latest solo album Swallowed By The New -- inspired by the breakup of his 23-year marriage -- Glen Phillips' "Go" isn't exactly a cheerful ditty. But he and director Hans Neleman still managed to have a good time making the song's video, on the seaside in Stratford, Conn.

"It's a great thing about pointing a camera at the earth; there's enough beauty there to get you pretty far." Phillips tells Billboard. The video for "Go" certainly finds a kind of beauty in the emotional desolation conveyed in both the song and the clip. "I had the idea of doing something that was just impressionistic on this one," explains Phillips, who's seen walking along the shore amidst seagulls, looking pensive and a bit melancholy as he sings. "I wanted to convey the mood more than anything else. Neleman -- who photographed Toad The Wet Sprocket's album cover for Fear and directed “All I Want” and “Good Intentions” -- discovered the site while lunching with friends, coincidentally just after Phillips played a solo show in the area. 

"I knew immediately that I had stumbled upon a great location for the video," says Neleman. "It was snowing at the time and the hungry seagulls were out in full force circling overhead...The whole thing was surreal, kind of like a scene of out Stranger Than Paradise. Another plus; a lighthouse nearby, which dovetailed with a key metaphor in "Go."

"The song was written about that metaphor," Phillips explains, "the idea of breaking up being this act of love. Lighthouses are like that; Most styles of love are 'Come here. Come be as close to me as possible,' whereas the general message of a lighthouse is, 'I care so much about you, you should go way over there, as far from me as possible.' That's what the song is about, the idea of breaking up being this act of love, the most compassionate thing you can do. It's inherently a sad song, a breakup song, but it's about that being an act of compassion rather than severance." 

Gary Graff - Billboard


Nichts Bleibt für die Ewigkeit 

Nothing Remains for Eternity is a song by Die Toten Hosen. It's the first single and the sixth track from the album Opium fürs Volk. Lyrically the song is a reminder of how time goes by fast and that people think too much about future. This is one of DTH’s most conceptual music videos by director Hans Neleman who directed five music videos for them. It's shown mostly in black & white and shows an eerie atmosphere with dark imagery. At the start, a fresh cow head is shown decaying till only dust is left. Campino is singing in a cage, that holds his head still. Throughout the video, ominous figures are seen. Also a skull with wings plays an important role. Genre: Post punk rock Length: 3:54 Label: JKP. From: Wikipedia.


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