In Praise Of Jason Forrest's "War Photographer" Video, Unjustly Excluded from Pitchfork's "Top 50 Videos of the 2000s" Feature
No quarrel with this list overall -- hell, I love "Pork & Beans" as much as the next dude, and probably way more so, to my possible detriment. But operating under the assumption that everyone who reads the headline immediately thinks of their personal favorite music video, eagerly awaits its placement on the list, and gets offended when it ain't there at all, this whimsically deranged gumbo of pirates, cock-rock guitar, Voltron, and marching bands is my jam. I tear up a little sometimes at the brass-heavy grand finale, for reasons I will make no attempt to explain.
"War Photographer" is from his manic 2005 macho-disco opus Shamelessly Exciting, a fine gym record if you're trying to injure yourself. Lately Jason's moved on to making badass iPhone apps.