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Tell them about the money, honey (contd.)

JOHN COOPER Clarkes transmogrification from wasted punk poet to cuddly Sugar-Puff supremo did not go unnoticed by the eyes of disco destroyers NASTY ROX INC. The cranking crew were so seduced by the boy from Beasley Street bouncing around with the amphetamined Honey Monster, that they invited the adverts creators, Trevor Melvin and Jeanne Willis, to collaborate with them on the video for their debut single ‘Escape from New York.

The finished works all about the money, honey. Set in a Vatican oozing with venality where Gods bankers greedily relieve the crawling faithful of their cash, it features Nasty Rox as the new messiahs come to rid the sacred temple of its iniquitous practitioners. Based on Matthew 21, Bible fans, where Christ stomps on the thieves hanging out around his dads place, theres a special guest appearance from John Paul, spreading the message of mullah, Chuck Browns souled out “Im talking about, talking about, talking about, MONEY!

Dave Dorrel explained that they all became hooked on the Sugar-Puffs piece last January while working in the studio. “Wed watch the telly during our breaks, and it got to be a bit of a cult, yknow, we always tried to catch those adverts. We thought well have to do a video with them, something similar to that.” But plans were shelved after he discovered that the two were away in Mexico.

Dorrel recontacted Trevor and Jeanne after John Carpenter was unable to fulfill his role as director and several ideas were suggested. Trevor, who has worked on adverts for British Gas, IPCs short lived teen — mag The Hit, and even NME besides Sugar Puffs, originally came up with a scenario based on The Price Is Right, later rejected in favour of evangelist antics in Catholic country.

The band descend behind the mafioso pigging out on bolagnaise, currency and calculators in a storm of stained glass, sequins, and samples. As the terrified thieves flee the wrath of the Rox, the band take up their rightful place at the pulpit of the people, proving the Foetus adage — that if youre gonna get down, get down and pray.

For Trevor, this was his first promotional video, and it was inspired by his reading of David Gallups book In Gods Name, an investigation of the supposed murder of the first John Paul, linking the American Mafia, the Italian masonic cult P2, and the death of Robert Calvi, who was found hanged under Blackfriars bridge.

“I wanted to give the video an idea, to give it a meaning rather than stringing along a set of meaningless images.

As it was their first promo they wanted a ‘performance to show the band off, but rather than being staged, I thought they should have some sort of effect on the situation around them. Id just been on holiday in Rome and read In Gods Name, and thats what inspired it.”

So if you read of the ritual disembowling of Dave Dorrel in a Catholic Church, youll know whos responsible.

John Tague