Slotface’s ‘Empire Records’ Video Is a ‘High Fidelity’ Spoof for the Ages
“I’ll find my way to Empire Records / Liv is waiting there for me / Championship Vinyl will always have me / And I’ll play bass for Sonic Death Monkey." So vowed Sløtface bandleader Haley Shea last year, on the chorus to the Norwegian punks' chirpy, cinematically-inspired single "Empire Records." She and the rest of the band have made good on that promise today with the track's visual, a low-budget High Fidelity spoof so hilarious, it might upstage the 2000 classic.
The whole gang's here. Shea is John Cusack's Rob Gordon; drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke plays Gordon's coworker Dick; guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad takes on Jack Black's Barry (complete with a stuffed-shirt "beer belly"); and bassist Lasse Lokøy portrays everyone else, from disgruntled girlfriends to dorky customers. Together, the band stages a spot-on re-enactment of the film: angst-ridden sex scenes, music snobbery, Marvin Gaye covers and all (the last of which, alas, is preemptively cut off due to "copyright concerns").
Do check out "Empire Records" below — it's one of the best videos of the year so far, not to mention a fantastic source of mirth. Scroll down to check out the band's upcoming tour dates.
Sløtface's Empire Records EP is out now via Propeller Recordings. Get it here.