A Perfect Circle releases apocalyptic visuals for 'So Long And Thanks For All The Fish': Watch
Maynard James Keenan-led group celebrates the self-fulfilling prophecy of humanity bringing about its own destruction in a new music video
A Perfect Circle (APC), Maynard James Keenan's smoke and mirrors side-project to keep our minds off the long-overdue new Tool album, just dropped one of the weirdest music videos of the year for their recent song 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'.
The song is the third from APC's new album 'Eat The Elephant' to receive the visual treatment. Previously, the lead singles 'Disillusioned' and 'The Doomed' both received their own music videos. Directed by Kyle Cogan, the black and white video is set in the post WWII era and full of contrasting, dissonant images of glee and doom.
Keeping in line with the morbid and apocalyptic theme of the album, we get glimpses of the decadence of humanity. We see a homely woman walk through her neighborhood filled with flaming lawns, S&M fueled orgies, unsuspecting kids committing murder and other "gleefully apocalyptic" scenes.
The song title's reference to Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' is also acknowledged in the 5-minute clip as we see a bunch of dolphins fly through the sky. Incidentally, in the book, the phrase is the last thing the dolphins say before leaving Earth, moments before it's destroyed to create an intergalactic freeway.
The clip ultimately ends with a mushroom cloud emerging from a nuclear explosion that melts away our leading lady's face straight off her cheekbones, all while Keenan and the gang cheerfully sing about the self-fulfilling prophecy of mankind's doom. It's spooky, surreal and oddly funny. As Keenan himself described it in a statement: “Welcome to the new normal.” Check out the music video below:
A Perfect Circle's much-lauded latest album, 'Eat The Elephant', arrived earlier in April. In our glowing 5-star review of the album, we called it "a comeback album that most bands would kill for." A Perfect Circle is currently touring North America. For the full schedule of dates, tickets and more, visit the band's official website.