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Filthy Boy’s top five London music videos

Posted at 3:00 pm, August 8, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
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Paraic Morrissey and his twin brother Michael play in Filthy Boy, the south London band with the dirtiest minds in indie. They’re also building a career as video directors, making twisted and eerie promos for fellow Peckham artist King Krule’s ‘Octopus’ and ‘Rock Bottom’ as well as for their own singles. We’ve got an exclusive stream of the new Filthy Boy video, ‘That Life’, over on this week’s Time Out Mixtape – and while we were at it, we asked Paraic to pick his five favourite music videos set and filmed in London. Watch them below, but don’t say we didn’t warn you…

1. The Prodigy – ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ (Very NSFW!)

Video by: Jonas Åkerlund

Location: Soho

‘I chose it because it’s probably one of the cleverest videos that’s been made, let alone the fact that it’s in London. It’s really smart, but it’s fucked up. It’s just the most adrenaline-pumped display of London nightlife that you can imagine: the most hardcore night out. It’s so high-octane – it’s London in the highest octane. It’s all slightly familiar, too. Not that I’ve chucked up in a [club] toilet or anything like that, but…’

2. Jarvis Cocker – ‘Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time’

Video by: Dougal Wilson

Location: Old Street

‘This is probably the most London video you can imagine. If you have, like, a fetish for all things London then this is probably going to be one of your favourite videos. I think it’s just really well done: Jarvis Cocker as a London cabbie. It’s kind of a clever stereotype of London. And that bit where it goes like a weird ’80s disco, and the cab splits suddenly… It’s really funny.

‘It kind of looks like the opposite to the “Smack My Bitch Up” video – if that woman went to a different school. I like that point-of-view thing. We were going to do it for one of our videos, but then we saw the “Smack My Bitch Up” video and the Jarvis Cocker one, and thought, “No, it’s been done so well already that there’s no point in trying to do something like that again.”‘

3. Man Like Me – ‘Donut’

Video by: Simon Owens

Location: Dalston (and Hyde Park)

‘I just love this video. It makes me laugh every time I see it. We played with them once at the Macbeth, and I’ve seen them at The Ivy House in Nunhead. I don’t know what to say, except that I just laugh every time I see it. I find it funny.’

4. Aphex Twin – ‘Come To Daddy’ (Semi-NSFW!)

Video by: Chris Cunningham

Location: Thamesmead

‘It was shot in Thamesmead, on the estate where they shot ‘A Clockwork Orange’. I really like Chris Cunningham’s fucked up imagery: the little schoolgirls, the uniforms, and then Aphex Twin’s face on them… It’s such a weird image. It’s so disturbing. It’s an artistic take on an area of London: showing it in a disturbed way. It’s nice to see a London estate in such a surreal way. You can’t imagine it being anywhere else.’

5. The Maccabees – ‘Toothpaste Kisses’

Video by: Lea Anderson

Location: Water Rats, King’s Cross

‘I really like the song, and this is one of the sweetest videos I’ve ever seen. I think I chose it because it’s obviously a London pub, and it’s such a clever little video – just a little pub, and people making out. You can’t really fault it. I mean, besides whatever’s been transmitted during the filming of it.’

BONUS TRACK. Filthy Boy – ‘Jimmy Jammies’

Video by: Filthy Boy

‘Pretty much all our videos are shot inside my dad’s flat in Walworth, and on that road. This was on Deverell Street, off the New Kent Road. It took an hour to make, or something. I was going to choose this one – actually, I was going to pick all our videos for all five choices – but I thought it’d be a little bit cocky.’
Interview by James Manning 

Watch Filthy Boy’s latest video, ‘That Life’, exclusively at timeout.com/mixtape.

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