Published Dec 01, 2011In continued support of this year's Sound Kapital, Handsome Furs have treated us to another music vid. This one is for the record's "Serve the People" and finds the duo tapping some global connections.
The clip was directed by Han Xia, a film student Handsome Furs met while in China. The video is down below, but before that, here is a bit of background from the director.
I first heard the song "Serve the People" at a livehouse called 2kolegas. Handsome Furs began their second tour of China there. That was a drunken night, young people chatting and drinking everywhere. I totally get puzzled in this scene. I know they wrote this song for Asia, I looked at the people around me, they seemed to be happy about who they are---was it that they were happy to lie to themselves, or had they already got used to a life without any freedom?
The city around us is extremely weird and beautiful. It seemed like it might run like a crazy person at any second.
Alexei asked me if I wanna shoot a music video of this song. At almost the same moment, I thought about my high school classmate Yang. He is now a cute, shy street cleaner who is into indie music a lot. His only interest is collecting records and listening to them. He goes to the shows every weekend, and watches every gig alone. He doesn't dance at all. He told me once that he dances in his heart, you cannot see it.
This young man earns less than 300 dollars. He cleans the streets from sunrise to sunset; the people who walk behind him have no connection with him. He serves us, but nobody serves him. He knows nothing about how gorgeous the world is outside his mind. He hasn't even been to a music festival yet. He has no idea when this kind of life ends. He feels he has no right to hate it.
However, I know clearly there are thousands of people living like this here in Beijing. I feel a connection with this complicated city. I also hate the invisible damage it brings to young people. This is a feeling I cannot translate with any language.
I cannot express my grateful heart with any kind of words. I do hope people like Yang will get to see this video, and that they will realize: I adore myself; I can be a better person. I have not been abandoned by time.
This is my story. I believe you have your own stories with Handsome Furs as well. I love them not only because they are awesome people, or for the amazing music they make, but more so because they are totally in love with life, and they have the power to connect this love with the lives of individuals, and then change these people with their passion. It is a god-given talent.