It’s been a while in the making but Red House Work, back from its summer recess, is proud to announce the upload of its new music video, Shake, Rattle and Roll, a rockin’ collage of dance moves and happy faces from Liverpool to Lisbon, Sheffield to Santillana del Mar. You can view it under our “Videos” tag.
The first mise en scène was the small but hot tourist destination, Santillana del Mar, in Cantabria, northern Spain, known fondly as “the place of three lies”: its name roughly translates as a holy flat area by the sea but it’s actually not particularly religious, it’s in the foothills of the Picos mountains and it’s inland. Despite this apparent misnomer, Santillana is very attractive - Jean Paul Sartre described it as “the prettiest village in Spain”, which is quite some accolade coming from an existentialist. But there is also something horrible lurking right in the middle of town: the Museum of Torture. This makes for a truly depressing experience. Full of original machines and implements of unspeakable torture, the exhibition spells out in really gross detail exactly what simple but awful horrors one human being is capable of inflicting on another, no orifices spared. No room in a music video for such cruelties.
Happier vibes were encountered in Sheffield. A group of birthday guys in El Paso’s and a chorus-line of chicks at the Peddlers’ Market helped rock the venues into instant stage-sets with lots of energetic moves and mouthings, aided and abetted by some familiar but still determinedly enthusiastic Red House Work extras. In Liverpool a bronzed Billy Fury obliged, shakin’ his rattlin’ bones by the Mersey at just the right moment, while who can resist the manic rollin’ virtuosity of our arm-pumpin’ friend in the Belvedere pub.
Lisbon, infected by UEFA Cup fever during our filming, was alive and kickin’ even as their team was getting kicked into touch from somewhere down in the doldrums in the early stages of the tournament. The non-stop rock’n’roll energy commanding the airwaves over Lisbon was so strong it finally lifted the team and ultimately the trophy.
And so to the good folk of Gijón, captured here strutting their stuff in the traditional Begonia square dancing to welcome in the New Year. Thanks to one and all. We had a ball. ML