Spiritualized - "Hey Jane" Video

The protagonist of the video for “Hey Jane,” Spiritualized’s sweepingly stunning new single, is a transwoman who attempts to raise kids while turning tricks, stripping, and — in one unforgettable long tracking shot — getting into an absolutely brutal fight. There’s probably a term paper to be written about the video’s treatment of race, class, gender, sexuality, and violence. This is a good one, folks. AG Rojas directs. It’s below.

Spiritualized’s new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is out 4/17 on Fat Possum.

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    • You’re not saying anything substantial either. What ever happened to the intrinsic value of art?
      “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.”

    • So things need to say something substantial about race, class, gender, et al in order to exist? How sad- a world without surrealism.

    • “it’s probably not the video’s business to try and start a conversation about race, class, sexuality, et al, if it cannot lend weight to each theme within ten minutes and with no dialogue.”

      Disregarding the (comment dooming) “why does this need to exist” part, the commenter makes a valid point. A music video can only be a music video. I was initially turned off for its use of such a marginalized character in a video that skims on story in favor of shock. I would be more shocked were the entertainment industry to depict prostitution as something that didn’t end in violence and despair as I’m sure it generally doesn’t. But really, this video is good in many “music video” ways (the aforementioned ending shot, grittiness! and its positioning with the tone of the music) and that’s all it can be.

  2. It’s a bold move to make an entire music short film rather than a music video.

    I could see this dude directing the next The Wire or something gritty like that.

    The politics are the politics. Even if the video doesn’t address them to your taste, at least it’s provoked conversation on the topic. How can we address the issues of race, class and gender in authentic yet meaningful ways?

    Oh, wait. Come back! Did I lose you to another b-rate Nicki Minaj video with $100k in beauty cleanup on her ass?

  3. Rather than commenting on race, class, gender, sexuality and violence, it’s just a gritty story told… Would have had the same impact if the subject was white, straight and female. http://auralfood.blogspot.com.au/

  4. This reminds me of what an awesome short story does to me. Just thrusts you into a person’s life and personal problems in such a way that you instantly connect and feel empathy for the character and then tears your heart out by some extreme climactic situation. Whew. Excellent work.

  5. Fun Fact:

    There is now 1 degree of separation between Earl Sweatshirt and Spiritualized. This is clearly the director’s best work to date, but the legacy of the EARL video cannot be denied.

    Instead of talking about hot topics like we’re running for political office, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT SINGLE CAMERA SHOT AT THE END OF THE VIDEO???
    HOLY SHIT!!!
    That’s the point of this video, that long camera shot that culminates into the climax and never breaks. We get the entire jam outro of “Hey Jane” accompanied by a one shot take of some real life.

    And then the credits roll. THE CREDITS ROLL ON A MUSIC VIDEO!?!?! Look at how much honest and sincere work was put out by a group of people to create this masterpiece! It’s SOOO refreshing to see music videos given the proper work they often deserve, rather than the “Instagrammed-picture-collage” or whatever 75% of bands cop out with on their current music videos.

    Best Music Video of the year right here. So far. Watch The Throne. This is Spiritualized’s year.

  6. The drag queen in the video is Tyra Sanchez (from RuPaul’s Drag Race). She actually is a single father in real life.

  7. I Had an Excellent time working with, i mean whoopin’ Tyra Sanchez’s ass!

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