Video Hangover: Moby – “Disco Lies”

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. This week we switch things up by picking on a video that’s not even one week old. When Moby orders the 20-piece bucket with a side of revenge who has time to wait for nostalgia?

“Disco Lies”
Moby, 2008

Moby’s Avenging Disco Chicken Godfather takes the law under its own wing.


He could have grown up to be anything: hot wing, cacciatore, striker for Chicken Man U
I always associated chickens with baseball, but apparently they play soccer as well. Makes sense, right? They’re practically all feet. And that’s the real tragedy of “Disco Lies”: one minute the chicken is kicking the ball around with his peeps, dreaming of the 2016 Chicken World Cup, the next he’s stabbing Colonel Sanders repeatedly in the throat with a butcher’s knife.

Doing the Chicken Payback
Moby catches a lot of crap from people who don’t like being lectured about politics, Christianity, Veganism, and/or the merits of the diva-based techno, so it’s nice to see him cut loose and have a little fun with this one. As usual with these things, the details make the gag: the expression on the chicken’s face at :31, as he discovers the horrors of the slaughterhouse; the strip club in the back of the rotisserie chicken joint; the singer’s gold microphone (and general hotness); the way the grown-up chicken chews on the eyeball before spitting it out at 1:36. And speaking of the eyeball: looks a bit like … chicken, doesn’t it?

It’s the one that says “Bad Mother-clucker on it”
Moby says: We shouldn’t kill any chickens, because they are cute and have souls. I might have agreed — until I watched this video. Now I think we should probably kill all of the chickens as soon as we can, because they’re wicked dangerous when they grow up.

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