"I didn't know Krusty the Clown was going to be playing drums," one bandmember said to another.
"Yeah, well I didn't know Jesus Christ was going to be the singer today," the first target retorted, shifting the focus to the luxuriously locked frontman.
"Well, I didn't know that the Undertaker was going to be singing a verse," the would-be messiah snapped back.
Although the preceding exchange sounds like a discussion amongst a fictitious supergroup, it was actually a snippet of the between-take banter on the set of the video for "Hero," the second single from the "Spider-Man" soundtrack.
The Krusty percussionist was in fact Our Lady Peace's Jeremy Taggart, the pseudo-savior was Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, and the undead pro wrestler was played convincingly by Saliva singer Josey Scott.
"It was a lot of fun," Scott said of the March 24 video shoot in Vancouver. "There were a lot of laughs, a lot of humor between us."
If while watching the clip your spider sense begins to tingle, indicating that there's something not quite right, trust your instincts. Things aren't as they seem in the Nigel Dick-directed clip, which just as easily could've been helmed by Spidey nemesis Mysterio, the master of illusion.
For starters, the musicians weren't actually atop a skyscraper as they appear to be in the clip. They're only a few feet off the ground. Dick (Oasis, Britney Spears) designed the rooftop set in an airplane hanger and enveloped it with green screens later replace by CGI magic to give the impression that the group is scores of stories above street level.
And the guys seen playing the instruments aren't really the ones responsible for the song's sound. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron pounded the skins in the studio the day before the shoot but couldn't attend, so Taggart stepped in.
Kroeger, who penned the song with assistance from Scott, performed the bass tracks on record, though his brother and Nickelback bandmate Mike rounded out the lineup in the video. And while Scott is seen strumming an acoustic guitar in the clip, he actually doesn't play anything and just adds some backing vocals on the song itself.
The only bandmember with audio-video consistency is guitarist Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Dead Man, who added a stinging solo in the studio and appears as himself in the clip.
The collaboration stemmed from a Nickelback/Saliva tour several months ago. Kroeger and Scott discussed working together on a song, and when the road trip ended they finally had time to put their plan into action.
"[Chad] played a part of the song 'Hero' and it immediately [piqued] my interest," Scott recalled. "So we started messing with that arranged some of the vocals, harmonies and stuff, and went in and cut a demo for it right away."
The pair played all the instruments for the track's rough cut and a few weeks later enlisted the services of Cameron and Connolly as well as a string quartet. As soon as the individual parts were recorded, Scott said the group knew it had hit the right mark.
"During the mixdown, we all knew we had something really, really special especially for 'Spider-Man,' to go along with the hero theme and all of that. It was really coming together. We knew it was a really dope idea."
Scott added that future collaborations were a possibility since there was a handful of songs he and Kroeger had played with in Vancouver. But when pressed for details, he was as tightlipped as if he were protecting a superhero's secret identity.
"There are about two or three we had worked on," he revealed before adding, "but I'm not at liberty to discuss them."