Music Video of the Day: Halloween by Glass Candy (2011, dir. Alberto Rossini)


Pesky artists that I don’t know about having a history and all. How dare they! I need to know better than to go down rabbit holes, and just talk briefly about the video instead. Don’t look into the history of the record label Italians Do It Better. It’s not worth your time.

I guess there is, or potentially was a band called Glass Candy. They appear to be in limbo at the moment. According to the YouTube page for the music video:

Glass Candy’s sinister homage to the John Carpenter classic. A Candy coated gift for all the Ghouls & Goblins in Candyland. Trick Or Treat? Another teaser from ///BODY WORK///. Disorienting walls of synthesizers grasping for their last breath accompanied by Rossini’s most disturbing work to date. Unforgiving arpeggios slash at us like tiny knives in the darkest night, while Ida channels messages from a ouija board…
“It’s Halloween For The Last Time”

This song was intended as an homage to John Carpenter’s Halloween? The masks look more like something I’d expect Jason to be wearing.

The second one is a bit better. I might get that this was intended as a reference to Michael Myers without the description by seeing this one instead of thinking of Scream or Friday the 13th when I see the first one.

Yes, feminizing the mask so much defeats the purpose of the mask from Halloween, but it’s better than the Grim Reaper of Crystal Lake Forest Green up there. I still get the emptiness-behind-the-eyes vibe that I should when I look at this mask.

Back to the YouTube description:

Disorienting walls of synthesizers grasping for their last breath accompanied by Rossini’s most disturbing work to date. Unforgiving arpeggios slash at us like tiny knives in the darkest night, while Ida channels messages from a ouija board…

I’d say the song is like All Tomorrow’s Parties or Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground, but done with a slick Electronica sound instead of one that grates on your ears–in a good way. Then again, I’m not desperately trying to sell this.

My favorite part of the song is the lyric:”It’s Halloween For The Last Time”. It’s never Halloween for the last time. As long as that franchise can still be milked for money, Michael will keep coming home whether it’s to satisfy a Thorn curse or some other nonsense they come up with for another movie. I’d like to think that line is a reference to that fact.

The video plays like something I would expect to have been made by splicing together bits from 1970’s trailers. But it looks like it was all shot for this video.

The parts that I like the most are the quick shots of things like these:

Why are there giants there?

That shot is a little creepy.

This video gets my seal of approval. Director Alberto Rossini did a good job. It does scream of Instagram, but to be fair, Iron Maiden videos did something similar with Old Hollywood movies in the early-80s, it reminds me of Kevin Kerslake’s late-80s videos for Shadow Of A Doubt and Beauty Lies In The Eye by Sonic Youth, and I also think of Fantasy by Aldo Nova. He has directed other videos for Glass Candy in a similar style. Once you’ve watched too many of them, the style starts to loose something–much like the song. That’s unfortunate. Watch and listen in moderation.

There’s another video for a different version of the song that came out in 2016. I’ll say this in advance: It’s not a good sign when I have to poke around to make sure the video I’m looking at isn’t homemade.

Enjoy!

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Halloween by Glass Candy (2011, dir. Alberto Rossini)

  1. Pingback: Music Video of the Day: Halloween by Glass Candy (2016, dir. René & Radka) | Through the Shattered Lens

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