THE WAS

A promotional video for the Australian electronic pop group The Avalanches, Soda_Jerk’s masterful mash-up recreates the late-20th century American movie landscape as a pop-reference wonderland, where Michael Jackson and Cheech and Chong busk in the subway, a paint-huffing Laura Dern shares sidewalk with a philosophical Beavis and Butthead, and the local supermarket becomes the site of a riot. What results far exceeds the genre of the music video and becomes a codex of the hidden patterns and rhythms that lie buried deep in our collective pop-consciousness.

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