Music Video of the Day: Old Black Clown by Edgar Allan Poets (2012, dir by ????)

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday!  If he were still alive today, he would be 209 years old.  He would probably be the oldest man on the planet.  Certainly, I think we would all be rather amazed at his vitality.  Unfortunately, Poe is no longer with us.  He was only forty years old when he died but his influence lives on.

You would think that there would be a hundred music videos based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.  Well, you would be wrong.  While Poe’s work has inspired countless musicians (and there have been several songs based on his work), there aren’t many “official” music videos of those songs.

(There’s plenty of unofficial and amateur videos, of course.  But, for music video of the day, I know that Val preferred to use only official videos and, while I’m filling in for her, I’m going to abide by her rules.)

However, there is a band that was not only influenced by Poe but which proudly displays that influence.  Edgar Allan Poets is a Los Angeles band that lists its two greatest influences as being Poe and Hitchcock.  Their music has a haunting, rather dream-like feel to it.

This video is for their song Old Black Clown.


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