Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ’em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Sexx Laws”
Beck, 1999

Get ready for some hot machine-on-machine action.


Thanks to advances in appliance-interface technology, GE washers and refrigerators can now hump 20% more efficiently
Beck directed this video himself, and, while he gets bogged down in some post-”Praise You” Spike Jonze-isms (the opening “Vision Warrior Men’s Circle” bit, for example, and the amateur-ish group dancing at 2:42), he redeems himself with two of the more inspired video moments of the last twenty years: the kitchen appliance orgy, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers-style ninja/robot orgy.

Real Mayonnaise (Lyndon Johnson) likes to watch
Apparently Sexx Laws is an homage to “Mister Freedom,” an absurdist, allegorical romp about an idiot American superhero who destroys France in order to save it from Communism. Beck offers a far more nuanced — yet equally powerful – critique of America’s arrogant and self-deluding Cold War foreign policy. In Beck’s version Smeat (Southeast Asia) and Mr. Cheese (former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara) are engaged in intercourse, but it’s impossible to tell who is fucking who.

Anal splinters, for example
Jack Black was made for music video cameos, and he makes the most of his limited screen time here. He nails his line in the opening segment (“I want to touch people!”), and does a perfect Benny Hill/Scooby Doo mop thing at :35. Scary kitchen! Still trying to puzzle out the nonsensical speech at the end, though. I’m all for defying Sexx Laws, but any sexual taboo that requires two violas to break is probably there for a good reason.

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Comments (12)
  1. west  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 0

    This song and video are so good I am tempted to become a Scientologist even though Beck apparently wants out.

  2. brent  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 0

    looks like i’m busting out midnite vultures today.

  3. east  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 0

    west: I think that should be wantED. Apparently they applied their “tech” on him until he realized that he was just fine staying right where he was, safe in the snuggly arms of Ron’s cult.

  4. Video No Longer Available… WTF!

  5. bull shannon  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 0

    weird i just listened to this cd today. didn’t remember spinning it since 2003.

  6. Meredith  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 0

    beck is a sexy sexy man

    this video is most awesome i must say.

  7. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jan 9th, 2008 0

    easily one of my favorite videos of all time :)

  8. Christopher  |   Posted on Jan 9th, 2008 0

    I hold to be true the fact that this song is an EXCELLENT karaoke choice. Except there was the time this drunk girl who looked too much like AMy Winehouse for her own good picked up a mic and held it to her face while pushing her butt in my face. I had to stop in order to yell at her.

  9. “I want angel answers,” brilliant.

  10. Jason  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2008 0

    Hahaha is that Neil Strauss at the start, talking about the angel answers? He’s the author of “The Game”… Pretty sure its him. Awesome.

  11. RoFell  |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2008 0

    Beck is always very inspiring. But there are other crazy guys too. Have you seen this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6_dhJaHsps
    version ?

  12. sikesirik

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