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Posted in music on March 26, 2014
We mentioned yesterday that King Khan & the Shrines' song "Born to Die" was getting an epic video treatment. That phantasmagoric video has made its debut and you can watch it in this post. There are comets, executions, 17th century fops, minotaurs, cats and more. What does it all mean? King Khan illuminates:
I was really inspired by this story i once read about Marie Laveau, the legendary voodoo priestess of New Orleans. They say that she was asked to help with a court case where an innocent Creole man was falsely accused for something and was supposed to be sentenced to death. She stood outside of the courtroom every day and put some very hot chiles in her mouth and held them there for the entire time the court was in session for days, with tears rolling down her face constantly. The man was set free. I wanted to show Louis the 14th ordering modern executions to show folks that things have really not changed much. The powers that be are still these royal families that call all the shots. I still believe there is a ray of hope that comes from some mysterious spiritual place. Ultimately, I wanted to pay tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky who is one of my spiritual gurus and one of the greatest film makers of all time.Catch King Khan & the Shrines live when their tour hits NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on June 6 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 7. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/28) at noon. Tickets to LPR go on sale Friday at 1 PM.
"Born to Die" video below...