SHOW-STOPPING SEQUENCE PAYS DEEP HOMAGE TO DE PALMA'S FILM, USING VOICES FROM SOUNDTRACK
The video above for The Venomous Pinks single "I Really Don't Care" was photographed and edited by Alexander Thomas. It features a punk rock homage to Brian De Palma's Carrie that goes so far as to use Piper Laurie's and other voices from the kaleidoscope section of De Palma's film. It's all in loving tribute, as Jennifer Goldberg's article today in the Phoenix New Times explains:
Name a more iconic horror movie scene than Sissy Spacek getting drenched in pig's blood in Carrie.
The signature Brian DePalma split-screen effect, the jeering crowd, the humiliation that gives way to unrestrained female rage — the elements that make Carrie a stone-cold classic are present in the new music video for "I Really Don't Care" from The Venomous Pinks.
"I’m pretty grateful for my bandmates," says Drea Doll, vocalist and guitarist for the band. "They let me run with any crazy idea I have."
Director Alexander Thomas asked her what her favorite horror movie was, and a concept was born.
Doll says, "Carrie is truly, I feel, one of the first feminist horror movies. We figured, 'Let’s do the prom scene, an homage to it where it’s a punk-rock prom.'"
In the video, The Venomous Pinks are the live entertainment at the fateful dance. Dressed in matching pink satin shirts, they finish the song as the room burns around them.
Bassist Gaby Kaos takes lead vocals on the track; she wrote a version of the song years ago in response to a bad relationship. In a press release, she says she wrote the song after leaving a boyfriend who wanted her to give up her dreams of a music career.
These days, the song has taken on an additional meaning — namely, that the band won't let anything stop them from accomplishing their goals.