New Fujiya & Miyagi Video – “Knickerbocker”

On first listen of the refrain to the new F&M single — “vanilla, strawberry, knickerbocker glory” — I had hopes we had just met the world’s best motorik-infused tune about triumphant, flavored underpants. Because there was a void in my life for that. Commenter Joey S. set it straight, though, telling us “a knickerbocker glory is a sundae thats popular in the u.k.” Although I still like my reading better, he’s right, and here’s the video to prove it. The “Knickerbocker” clip is a little like “Konichiwa Bitches” in that every lyric gets corresponding, literal imagery. As the Japanese-but-not-Japanese band name would suggest, Fujiya & Miyagi enjoy playing with words — so the first person singular is an eyeball with one pass, a needle’s eye with another; the ice cream and Lena Zavaroni, however, stay true to form.

They make good videos, although I still think they could have done one image of a pair of knickers standing on the Olympics medal stand. Probably why I’m not a video director. Fujiya’s next LP, Lightbulbs is out in the US on 9/16 via Deaf, Dumb + Blind. And then there will be a tour:

10/22 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/24 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/27 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour