Johnny Hardstaff

Watch the new RH video now!

by Jonathan on January 28, 2002

Wow!

You can now view the video made by Johnny Hardstaff for both “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” and “Like Spinning Plates” at the Hollywood and Vine Radiohead site. Just click the “video” link at the top and select the video at the bottom.

{thanks to Pete}

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Hardstaff video

by Jonathan on January 25, 2002

The video for “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors”/”Like Spinning Plates” that was done by Johnny Hardstaff was indeed commissioned by Radiohead, according to a source close to the band. This contradicts the story that Spanish radio M-80 reported about last week and should now clear up any confusion.

The video will be released to TV channels like MTV and MTV2. Whether they choose to play it or not, is anyone’s guess. Since neither song will be released as a single, it is doubtful that you’ll see the video on heavy rotation.

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More info about RH video

by Jonathan on January 21, 2002

There is some more information about the video that Johnny Hardstaff did for Radiohead at http://www.mill.co.uk/search_articles.php?id=498.

Speaking of the Hardstaff video, Spanish radio station M-80 is reporting that Radiohead did not give Hardstaff permission to use “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” and “Like Spinning Plates” for the video and legal action could take place.

{thanks to Joseph & Francisco}

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New Radiohead video

by Jonathan on January 17, 2002

There is apparently a new Radiohead video that has been made by Johnny Hardstaff. The following information is from Creative Base:

Having quickly established himself as one of the most interesting new directors to emerge in the last year, it’s unsurprising that Johnny Hardstaff landed one of the most sought-after commissions in town: a video for Radiohead.

The track is close to eight minutes long, a combination of Push Pulk and Like Spinning Plates, from the band’s Amnesiac album.

Opening on a black screen, brief flashes of the white markings of killer whales flit in and out of view, before the video cuts to a diagram of mind-jarring complexity, the line drawings of a complex machine of indeterminate purpose. Hardstaff’s signature graphic style is exploited to full disturbing effect as the camera pans along more complex diagrams detailing various elevations of threatening machinery, tools and implements. As a huge white machine is examined from every angle some kind of medical purpose becomes apparent: something is being closely monitored. Our attention is gradually drawn to the focus of all this technology, a small cylindrical chamber containing a pair of Siamese twins, joined at the pelvis and held fast by straps around their abdomen. As the rotating capsule slows down to a halt, their evident distress tears at your heart strings, and soon the centrifuge starts spinning again as the machine continues its obscure task. The final sequence shows the result of the distressing treatment, as the babies’ chest strains and distends, before the delicate white ribcage emerges, its fragility emphasised by the distinctive blue Wedgwood pattern it bears.

You can read the full article here and see some screen shots here.
{thanks to Andrew}

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