Much as I do with the video for their song My Type, I love the retro feel of this video for Saint Motel’s Destroyer.
The credited director is Alan Smithee. Mr. Smithee has had quite a career in the world of music videos. He has been credited with directing 73 videos and editing 19 more. He also has 8 cinematography credits and 2 writing credits. That’s quite prolific!
Of course, Alan Smithee doesn’t actually exist. Historically, the Smithee named was used by film directors who felt that their creative vision had been fatally compromised by philistine producers. Though it’s been a while since Alan Smithee directed a film, it appears that he’s found a second life in the music industry.
Good for him!