By Rya Backer
Unless you've been living under a rock (and by "living under a rock" I mean "haven't checked a music blog") in the past 24 hours, then you've seen the very good, very weird video for Islands' "No You Don't." (If you haven't, scope it out at their official Web site.) It stars a rhinestone cape, nature and Michael Cera tripping really hard, all in the guise of a fake anti-drug PSA.
On Tuesday night (January 5), we caught up with Mr. Cera (looking decidedly different from when we last saw him) on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest flick "Youth In Revolt" and asked him about his foray into music videos.
"I'm friends with Nick [Diamonds], who's in the band, and I'm friends with Derrick Beckles, who directed the video," he explained. "They wanted to do a video together and asked me to be in it, and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun; hanging out in New York, upstate, and making a video. It was great."
More specifically, the video was shot in Hudson, New York, at the home of former Smashing Pumpkins and Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. "They put us all up and put up with all of us," Beckles said via e-mail. "They are super duper humans."
Beckles, who is also the brains behind the equally trippy DVD series "TV Carnage," wrote that Cera "is an Islands fan and really likes 'TV Carnage' a lot too, so it was a win-lose for Michael [to be in the video]." He added that in making the video he attempted to make "a sexy, gorgeous scintillating visual fart." Mission accomplished!