Thursday, 15 October 2009

Jemina Pearl: I Hate People

Ok, so you’ve managed to snag Iggy Pop for a guest appearance on your new song but – oh no – he’s busy the day you’re filming the video! Who could possible fill the gnarly old punk rocker shoes so perfectly?

Why, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth of course! When ol’ James “Iggy” Osterberg couldn’t reprise his role for Jemina Pearl’s “I Hate People” video (he duets with Pearl on the track), Pearl roped in her old friend Thurston. The Sonic Youth guitar god and ex-Be Your Own Pet cutie-pie entertain some diner destruction fantasies as the try to serve a group of cooler-than-thou hipsters. Things soon degenerate until awkward-cashier Moore takes shelter behind the bar while snarly-waitress Pearl joins the rumble.

Pearl and Moore have a long history of collaboration. Pearl records for Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label (as did her band Be Your Own Pet) and earlier this year the duo recorded a cover of the Ramones’ “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” for Gossip Girl (which you can listen to here). They enjoy social outings as well – in a recent Pitchfork interview Pearl discussed the duo throwing their sodas at the screen during The House Bunny.

Iggy may be gone, but he’s not forgotten. “I hate people,” Pearl sings, “but I like you!” The “you” in question? Pop himself, as illustrated in a teenage-crush dream bubble and daisy-chain magazine cut-outs. Since Pop’s appearance is the most news-worthy aspect of Pearl’s new record Break It Up, you can’t blame her for keeping the Stooges legend front and center.

Courtesy of Stereogum, watch Pearl, Moore, and an M.I.A. Iggy take down a diner in “I Hate People.” Kind of makes you want a milkshake.

Verdict: 3/5

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