One morning from a Bogart movie... a country where they turn back time.

Will anybody get my hipster Al Stewart reference, or shall I continue my Dennis Miller streak of pitifully arcane references alive and kicking? 

Of course, anybody who refers to himself as a hipster while referring to Al Stewart probably needs a serious reality check.  But hell, at least I'm self-aware. 

Anyway, there's a point to all this tomfoolery...honest.   Have you seen the new Year Of The Rat video by Badly Drawn Boy yet?  To quote the church lady in Bad Lieutenant, it's a holy thing!  A holy thing!  Not only is it terrific eye-candy and a catchy tune,  but it's got a firm pro-hug to solve the world's woes stance that appeals to my "tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show" sensibilities.  I usually don't point out videos on the blog since it's really a sad substitute for, you know, actually writing.   But then again, I haven't written for a while either, so hey, it's better than nothing.  Barely. 

When I first saw this vid, I thought for sure it was directed by Sylvain Chomet, who did the Triplets of Belleville (or Les Triplettes de Belleville, if vouz parlez francais).  I mean, it's really got a Triplets vibe to me.   But just like when I bet on the Bills to beat the Giants in the Super Bowl, I was dead wrong.  Turns out it was directed by a fella named Monkmus.  Who knew?  So, in an attempt to prove the "lead a horse to water" theory wrong, here's every way possible to watch this l'il gem of a video, Badly Drawn Boy's Year Of The Rat.  So watch the damn thing, already.

Year Of The Rat (Real Video)
Year Of The Rat (Windows Media)
Year Of The Rat (Quicktime)

Just for good measure, here's the mp3, too. 

Don't forget, you have 'til August 8th to win that free Fahrenheit 9/11 poster

Related tune: Belleville Rendez-Vous (mp3 via

posted by drew on 7/23/2004

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