Music Video of the Day: Nothing To Believe In by Cracker (1996, dir. Samuel Bayer)

Today’s Harry Dean Stanton video is doubly-sad. That’s because we not only have the recently departed Stanton.

We also have Justin Pierce four years before his suicide. You would know him from Kids (1995).

Talia Shire shows up in the video as well.

I don’t know anyone else in the video other than lead-singer David Lowry. Thank goodness for Wikipedia. I knew of Cracker because of the song Low. I knew of Camper Van Beethoven because of the song Take The Skinheads Bowling. But I would have never noticed that Lowry fronted both bands even though it’s obvious to me now listening to this song and Take The Skinheads Bowling.

I wish I could at least find out who this lady is…

that is doing her best Rob Halford.

Heading Out To The Highway by Judas Priest (1981)

She is prominently featured, but all I could find is that Harry Dean Stanton did two more music videos than I originally thought. It never fails. I’ll do them as well.

The video was directed by Samuel Bayer of…

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana fame. Did Lowry ask for the Cobain treatment? In addition, I know Bayer directed Bullet With Butterfly Wings one year prior to this one. Still, was Goth-Stanton something people were clamoring for?

I mean he looks like Lars Ulrich in Until It Sleeps.

Until It Sleeps by Metallica (1996)

Yes, that one was also directed by Bayer. And if you are thinking he probably directed some videos for Garbage and Hole based on the woman I couldn’t identify, then you’d be right.

The casting director on this one was Crystal Lujan. Her music video credits alone are close to 100. She has done some acting too. I guess she was one of the cult members in that unfortunate Clive Barker movie with Scott Bakula, Lord Of Illusions (1995).


Harry Dean Stanton Retrospective:

  1. Heart Of Stone by Dwight Yoakam (1996, dir. Dwight Yoakam)
  2. Sorry You Asked? by Dwight Yoakam (1996, dir. Dwight Yoakam)

7 responses to “Music Video of the Day: Nothing To Believe In by Cracker (1996, dir. Samuel Bayer)

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  6. I’ve never understood how there’s no back story for this video online. There wasn’t even an IMDB entry until I made one last month. It feels the highlight reel from some full-length movie. Thanks for giving it some attention!

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    • Sorry for the late reply.

      You’re welcome! You might want to go and tweak your IMDb entry. They like music videos to be Artist: Song Title, with it marked as a video with the genres short and music. At least that’s what I was told by two different IMDb data editors. It’ll help people to know it’s a music video for the band Cracker.

      Thank you for putting it up. I wasn’t sure that was Justin Pierce and Talia Shire till I came across the IMDb listing. You’re right that it does look like something that could be expanded into a feature film of some sort.

      As for the lack of a backstory. It’s amazing the lack of documentation there is out there for music videos. It doesn’t seem to matter how famous they are.


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