Interpol Scores David Lynch Short Film To Illustrate Their Song “Lights”
During their performance at Coachella 2011, the “post-punk” band Interpol screened the exclusive animated short movie I Touch A Red Button Man as they played “Lights”, a song they were used to perform under red lights. (Hence the choice to pair the song with “I Touch Red Button Man” .)
Last week they shared in the Huffington Post the result of their collaboration as well as the genesis of the project that started in 2008 with a first informal meeting with the director in his Mulholland Drive house and continued two years later in a screening room:
We told him our ideas and what we were up to, and he volunteered he had a little character that perhaps we’d find interesting. “I Touch A Red Button Man,” was his name. He was literally just a sketch on a sheet of paper.
“Say no more!” was our prompt reply.
Although it looks like another collaboration between a band and a director, the story differs here as Interpol precised that “Mr. Lynch did not make a music video for our song. He made an animation of his character, and allowed us to show it.”
The short bears Lynch odd universe that at time is inspiring and at other leaves you wondering how far this would go without the name that signed it.