MGMT: Andreas Nilsson vs. HP Lovecraft


43 Responses to “MGMT: Andreas Nilsson vs. HP Lovecraft”

  1. thekinginyellow says:

    where’s the lovecraft? this video is too busy and incoherent to be lovecraft.

    • Sceadugenga says:

      I agree – this was a nice imaginative video, but I prefer films with shots that last more than 800 milliseconds on average. The cuts synced up a bit too much with the music cues for my taste too. Thanks wood29 for the youtube link – I could enjoy it even though it’s blocked here (Japan) too. Curse you, Vevo, whoever you are.

  2. i_prefer_yeti says:

    no nod to black hole for neck mouth?

  3. Anonymous says:

    ah the video is gone

  4. absinthetic says:

    A “tentacle” does not make a story/video/painting “Lovecraft” any more than gluing a watch gear to something makes it “steampunk”. Now, if the whole FAMILY had also revealed that they had throat-mouths, then yeah, hints of H.P. Lovecraft and the Deep Ones and Innsmouth and all that…but one hipster with an eel in his throat does not make a Lovecraft video.

  5. PolishQ says:

    Perhaps “Cronenbergian” is the proper descriptor. But I liked it!

  6. kimnbri says:

    The music is very reminiscent of The Boomtown Rats. It put me in the mood for some “fine art of surfacing”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This consumer was previously unaware of “Vevo”, but has now added it to his blacklist of brands from whom he will never purchase products/services.

  8. Blue says:

    “This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    from :

    “Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn’t make sense to anyone but us.”

    So, the album leaked, the band wanted to release it for free (according to them) and now their label (presumably) is copyright region-locking the PROMOTIONAL video!

    In the UK we have ther Digital Economy Bill designed to prop up these bat-ass-insane copyright cartels at the expense of everyone else.


    Greed will ruin everything, because it doesn’t care about the consequences, only that it posesses and accumulates and grows obese in pursuit of its ever-elusive satisfaction.(!)

    ps. this album reminds me of the Pixies’ Bossanova/Trompe le Monde era.

  9. lashni says:

    I’d recommend anyone with an interest in Lovecraft and anime check out a strange little series of comedic shorts called Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani.

    Cthulhu and Nyarlothotep as you’ve never seen them before.

  10. OP_TIMUS says:

    That was absolutely awful. Like, really bad. Hella-lame.

  11. Nawel says:

    You Tube (viewed from Chile at least) sez the user has suppressed the video… ¿?
    I saw it @ the MGMT site and it made me think of Naked Lunch and David Lynch… About the music, that kind of bands are not my cup of tea these days… tho is not bad.

  12. Anonymous says:

    the video is in quick time (high quality) on andreas nilsson’s website:

    the youtube video was removed.

  13. JesseH says:

    “This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it from display on this website.”

    This time the country I’m in isn’t the problem (Canada). It appears Vevo doesn’t like Boing Boing.

  14. ultranaut says:

    The video was weird enough to be engaging and was sort of vaguely Lovecraftian. I think Lynchian or Cronenbergesque would of been more accurate descriptors.
    I was only vaguely aware of MGMT, their song Kids is unavoidable to anyone who has been inside a hipster bar within the past few years. This song/video inspired me to seek out more from them, I’ve found they have a few other quirky videos…

  15. scifijazznik says:

    That looked expensive. And the throat eel and iron lung sphincter were positively Cronenbergian. Not so sure about the Boomtown Rats comparison, but I do know that as I tired as I am of bands pillaging the ’80s for inspiration, it’s way better than the inevitable wave of bands that look to the ’90s for their sound.

    Am I the only one here who thinks Lovecraft was an awful writer?

  16. wylkyn says:

    HP Lovecraft may not have liked this song, but I think he would have gotten a kick out of the neck mouth, the eel parasite, and how it held the obviously insane family in thrall. If you don’t think so, that’s your opinion. But I’ve read a lot of his stories, as well as much from the genre of Lovecraftian horror, and it’s not that much of a stretch to include this video under that label. It’s all in how you choose to interpret it. I assumed that the eel parasite was just some sort of spawn of a greater being whose intention remains unknown. The song is boring, and the video is a bit frenetic for my taste, but Lovecraftian? Sure, why not?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Lame. Nilsson is Swedish, and we can’t even view it in his own country. When will distributors learn?!

  18. IWood says:

    “Positively” Lovecraftian? So everyone goes tentacularly mad and does a little happy jig? Are there COOKIES? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN.

  19. halfvenus says:

    Reminded me of “Naked Lunch” more than Lovecraft.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Eels up inside ya, finding an entrance where they can

  21. AceJohnny says:

    “This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”. I’m in Europe/France.

    I, for one, welcome our new copyright… Aaah fuck it.

  22. tmccartney says:

    Interesting video, but I should have watched it with the sound turned off. What a tuneless mess that song is.

    Also: Dude with boobs!

  23. kimnbri says:

    The music is very reminiscent of The Boomtown Rats. It put me in the mood for some “fine art of surfacing”.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It’s just a jump to the left,

    and then a step to the right!

  25. oasisob1 says:

    Terrible song and video. It has one shot at redemption — literal video. Someone please.

  26. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of whiners! Jeez… it’s a music video, get over it.

  27. Anonymous says:


    “This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    I can’t watch it either, Europe, The Netherlands. Very Frustrating!

  28. Anonymous says:

    “This video is not available on this website.” Very zen.

    I am approaching the point where I simply won’t even click on youtube videos anymore, because the odds they’ll actually play are so slim.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Oooh… music videos relevant to the IO Psychic TV project! :)

  30. Anonymous says:

    The new neck-mouth is also directly reminiscent of Burns’s Black Hole.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Great job copyright-walling your own music promos, Vevo.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I agree with cronenbergian, disagree with lovecraftian. The story could be lovecraftian, but the feel of it isn’t.

  33. EvilTerran says:

    “This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    United Kingdom, here.

    Surely there’s enough wonderful things on the internet that your readership can, y’know, actually *see*.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Too good for Canada as well.

    (Et tu, Youtube?)

  35. wood29 says:

    Here is a version that you can view from France :

  36. godfathersoul says:

    the cuts synced too much with the music cues? it’s a frickin music video. it’s supposed to do that.

    i mean – as music, i was a tad disappointed with their new album because, haters be damned, i really liked Oracular… but the new album had less electric edge too it and a bit more.. sixties/70′s harmonies…

    o yeah, i liked the video too.

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