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Watch: Grinderman – “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” (NSFW)

on May 18, 2011, 10:51am

Josh Homme may have given Grinderman’s latest single – “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” – the aural remix treatment last week, but now Pitchfork has revealed that the lead track from Grinderman 2 is now the lucky recipient of a music video, too. The clip comes at the hands of Ilinca Höpfner, and while fans may not immediately recognize the Romanian-born illustrator’s name, they should surely recognize her work.

Höpfner is responsible for many of the illustrations inside of the album (you bought it, right?) and makes those images come to life in the new, somewhat-NSFW video. It opens like any normal cartoon might, but Höpfner makes it a point to turn the next five minutes into a slightly disturbing, yet entertaining, journey. The clip follows the adventures of what looks like an animated Nick Cave as he and his band feed on human breasts, throw grenades, and pretty much cause mayhem in general. It’s not all morbid though, and the animation also showcases the Grindermen performing synchronized dance moves like some sort of middle-aged, hard-rocking N’Sync.

The video is streaming below, and more of Höpfner’s work can be seen here. Grinderman are set to hit the European festival circuit over the summer, and their run culminates with an appearance at the Era New Horizons Festival in Poland. The band won’t be hitting the states anytime soon, but fans can still rejoice because the 53-year-old Cave said that he would start work on a new Bad Seeds record after the Grinderman tour ended.

“I have a starting date for the next [Bad Seeds] record,” Cave said last November,” [but] I’m not doing that until I’ve finished the Grinderman tour.” No telling if the world will get that album in 2011, but have a look at the video to hold you over until then.

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Seán Diarmuid O’Callaghan
May 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Not nearly as great as the Heathen Child video, but still good. That’s exactly how I remember Mickey Mouse.

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