Videohead: The Life’s Work Of Director Lance Bangs

From DIY beginnings to ‘Jackass,’ Kanye, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Lance Bangs has been at the center of almost every major movement in the world of indie rock and comedy since the mid-1980s. He started out working with R.E.M. and directed influential videos for artists like Guided By Voices and Pavement. Later he went on to work with Kanye West, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Odd Future, Arcade Fire, and dozens of other musicians. In the comedy world, he played a vital role in the production and filming of Jackass and has recently directed comedy specials for Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, and David Cross. I met up with Lance to talk about his music video work, his collaboration with Spike Jonze, and his life in music, comedy, and film.