Massive Attack’s forthcoming Heligoland LP boasts a mighty slate of guest vocalists, none more sultry than the Mazzy star Hope Sandoval. And yeah, sultry is one way to describe the goings on of “Paradise Circus”’s Toby Dye-directed clip. Another way is “Titanic if it were a porn documentary,” where if instead of flashing back to cute scenes with Leo, Old Rose was flashing back to money-shots with Disco Stu. A sweet old woman starts the show by describing why she never really made it as a prostitute (typical grandma small talk), but how she really shined when a camera was on. Sexually speaking. Her reminiscences and descriptions of the sensations of physical attraction and orgasms are cut with actual footage from her “fuck film,” so strap in for ’70s-styled blowjobs and all the associated trimmings (or, lack there of). Massive Attack and Hope provide a seductively spacious soundtrack, but your attention will likely be directed elsewhere the first time through.

Two warnings: 1) the audio and the visual are NSFW, and 2) the video autostarts after the clickthrough. But mostly the first thing.

Heligoland is out 2/9 via Virgin. Pray for rain, or at least a cold shower.

Comments (53)
  1. MF McNutt  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    Not safe for work… really?

    Interesting video as the song acted as a soundtrack in the background to this woman’s story. Perhaps not the best marketing approach for selling music, but well executed. Nice.

  2. RoyMunson  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    NSFW? Awsome. I love getting my nut while on the job.

  3. Boogie Nights  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    Creepy…Not much of a song though…

  4. TL  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    The article says Hope Sandoval guests in this, but it forgot to mention that Devendra Banhart’s beard did as well.

  5. Dorian Corey  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    That “sweet old woman” is legendary pornstress Georgina Spelvin, and most of the vintage clips are from her 1973 star turn in “The Devil in Miss Jones”. Great song, amazing video.

  6. Sarah T  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 0

    Yikes ! And I thought I was aging badly ! Oh wait – never mind.

  7. I liked the video. Although, I’ll agree with the first commenter in that it may not be the best way to promote the music. Cool song, but I’ll probably remember the video more. But overall, cool concept. Nice play on contrast overall.

  8. Marilyn C  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0

    Best alternative video I’ve seen this year. Love it. Pretty cool song too.

  9. Simon J  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0


  10. lucifer  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0

    They boys from Bristol are back baby!!!

  11. I think its official: Porn is the new Rock ‘n Roll!

  12. buba  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0

    hell yeah

  13. adobobo  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0

    So, Ms. Sandoval trying to ape Beth Gibbons and Massive Attack sounding exactly the same as they always did with not an ounce of musical growth. Thrilling. Guess ’90s nostalgia is running thick and fast these days.

  14. barywhite  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2009 0

    nice tits though

  15. Worst. Episode. Ever.   |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2009 0

    So, some guy complaining about a band on stereogum as though he could do better exactly the same as they always do with not an ounce of. Guess whiny ingrates are running thick and fast these days. Seriously, read adobobo’s response with the voice of Comic Book Store Guy. LOL.

  16. abuck  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2009 0

    It appears that the goal of all music videos is to aid one in obtaining their “nut”. thanks?

  17. MrBig  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2009 0

    Can’t say I found this video particularly erotic…though that is not to say I didn’t like it. More poignant than anything.

  18. Pretty crazy. I like the music a lot…it sounds like something you’d hear in a film. The video was…well…different. Interesting idea, to be sure. A little unsettling, too, what with her commentary and the imagery and the music.

  19. BubbaGrub  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0

    I really want to see the original movie now – does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy?

  20. BubbaGrub  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0

    thanks for that

  21. Sam Cave  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0

    This was played on radio 1 at about 7.30pm on monday the 14th. After it was played one of the band members (can’t remember which) was called up and talked to, then so many people texted in saying it was so good that it was played twice in a row. To put it shortly, this song is godlike.

  22. Melanie Says  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0

    Loving their work.

  23. J....J  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2009 0


  24. Mark  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2009 0

    This music track is mind blowingly good…. I have actually just stopped and looped this – is the pure track (without the porn speak) available to download anywhere? have had a poke around the interweb without much success

  25. ali choudhry  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2009 0


  26. I like vintage porn. I love cool music. But for some reason I don’t like them together. But I do get how the song and the content go together. Nice effort but I think I’ll pass.

  27. Fucking shame.

  28. Really nice track. Like all of Massive Attack’s best work, it makes me want to smoke lots of pot.

  29. Absolut  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    Massive are back and doing what they do so much better than any other group in their genre.

    Awesome bass line and beats.

  30. killallhippies  |   Posted on Jan 7th, 2010 0

    This is so fucking awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Mattie  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    Wow. very political and artistic. nice :D

  32. 339861329  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2010 0


  33. TL  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2010 0

    What’s next? Killing?
    This “porn trend” in advertising (started by Diesel) seems very scary & creepy…
    Shame that Massive went this way.

  34. bob  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    love it

  35. Maru  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    Hilarious Mr TL: why should the next step be “killing”? Listen to what She says: an orgasm is a mystical instant that doesn’t exist in this dimension. You’re not listening to the music Mr TL.

  36. ChrisW  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

    “Because, the truth of it is … I loved the cock.”

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