We always knew Ted Leo was an intense performer, but never equated him with Sylvester Stallone until this Tom Scharpling-penned, Mike Bellino-directed video for “Colleen.” In it, Mr. Leo sets up shop in a motel, applies a proper amount of powder, finds himself a referee, and takes on all comers in intense arm wrestling wrangles, handing his hapless victims pink Ted Leo & The Pharmacists t-shirts. Losers. Of course he puts down the pasty white guy with ease, but then what? Will he run the table against his toughest opponent? What about the dude in the black muscle shirt? Regardless of the outcome, we’re just happy we get to see the chiseled Jersey rude boy make a Hulk Hogan face. (By the way, Ted, what’s that you’re eating for lunch? Reminds us of the beans in the flashlight from that old Brady Bunch episode.)
Metaphor! Indeed, everyone wants something from Colleen, but no one gets it ’cause she’s no one’s Colleen…
See Ted Leo live. Test his arm strength.
11/30 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
12/01 – Boston, MA @ The Roxy
12/02 – Portland, ME @ Space 538
12/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
12/05 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
12/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
The band’s fifth full-length, the Brendan Canty-produced Living With The Living is out now on Touch And Go.