Video Hangover: Mr. Oizo – “Flat Beat” Vs. Interpol – “Evil”

Twice a week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. We?ve been calling it Yo! MTV Crap out of respect for Ed Lover and the fake Doctor Dre, but the time has come to make a change. Same basic idea, but we might mix in a modern classic or two with all the nonsense reggaeton and historically inaccurate hair metal, just to keep things interesting.

Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

In honor of this week?s Puppet Show at SXSW, we present a special puppet-off between two well-known video stars: Norman and Flat Eric.

“Flat Beat”
Mr. Oizo, 1999

vs.

?Evil?
Interpol, 2005

Pedigree
Flat Eric is a Henson creation, which makes him a descendent of Kermit et al. Norman, on the other hand, was commissioned by art-star Charlie White, who specializes in alien pornography. Muppets or alien porn? We always knew this day would come, but that doesn?t make the decision any easier.
Advantage: Eric

Soundtrack
“Evil” is Interpol bringing the heat, or the cool, or whatever it is Interpol brings when they?re on their game. Mr. Oizo throws together a good groove, but “Flat Beat” is essentially crazy frog without the frog.
Advantage: Norman

Name
Flat Eric was named because he was supposed to have his head run over by a car. Norman was named by a bunch of Interpol fans who couldn’t think of anything better.
Advantage: Eric

Corporate Connection
Although Charlie White has done commercial work in the past (check out
this unsettling spot for Adidas, Norman only works Interpol videos. Very indie. Eric, in contrast, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Levi’s. And that makes him a fuzzy, yellow, whore.
Advantage: Norman

Work Ethic
We don?t know much about Norman’s profession, but it’s hard to believe he could work as hard as Eric, who appears to be running his own record label. In just over three minutes he makes a few phone calls, signs a few deals, and types a bunch of memos. Later he smokes a hot dog because, well, he?s earned it.
Advantage: Eric

Number of Bottom Teeth
Easy call here.
Advantage: Norman

Dance Moves
A real contrast in styles here. Eric is a master of the indie rock head-nod, while Norman goes for a Gillis-style freakout. Seems about even, until you consider the fact that Eric is doing it all without legs.
Advantage: Eric

A close match, but Flat Eric squeaks out a 4-3 victory.

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Tags: Interpol