Music Video of the Day: The Test by The Chemical Brothers feat. Richard Ashcroft (2002, dir by Dom & Nic)


Today’s music video of the day is a personal favorite of mine.  Then again, just about anything that involves The Chemical Brothers is a favorite of mine.

What is the video for The Test about?  That’s a question that I’ve heard asked by several and I’ve read many different interpretations.  Some people are convinced that the video is meant to be a recreation of an acid trip, which is certainly a valid if rather simplistic interpretation.  Myself, I like to think that this video means whatever you, as an individual viewer, choose to believe it means.  Any didactic interpretation, I think, misses the point.

Myself, I will say that the start of the video remind me of Irene Miracle’s iconic dive into the flooded basement in Dario Argento’s Inferno.  (To a lesser extent, it also reminds me of the scene in which Asia Argento falls into a painting in The Stendhal Syndrome.)  Once the action moves to the beach, the video puts me in the mind of one of Jean Rollin’s cinematic dreams.

However you interpret this video, enjoy!

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