Watch the Bizarro Kenny G Version (and Video) of Beck's "Sexx Laws"
Remember Beck's incredible video for the incredible Midnight Vultures tune, "Sexx Laws"? Directed by Mr. Hansen himself, the goofy surrealist short features DayGlo footballers sacking a group of well-meaning Ojai New Age-ists, resulting in Jack Black getting smacked with a slab of drywall (ever so much more enjoyable in a post-Shallow Hal world), kitchen appliances coming to life and getting it on, and Beck scatting and bebopping all over the dance floor like a cybernetically enhanced Mick Jagger. See? Incredible.
Well, there's one key, blink-and-you'll-miss-it detail that we left out of that description: the appearance of one Kenny G, wimpy little baby saxophone in hand, leaning against the back wall of the room that's quickly pillaged by the pigskin players. Actually, it's Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck's musical director and Nine Inch Nails' most recent bassist) dressed up as the sax-y troll, but it's a pretty convincing performance, and one great enough, apparently, to warrant its own spin-off video and accompanying rearrangement of the original song.
Below you'll find "Saxx Laws," the six-and-a-half-minute long quiet storm version of "Sexx Laws," which Beck recently described as "beautifully evok[ing] the abandon of smooth. It's a little long, but if you stay with it, it will reward you with a smooth outlook for the rest of the day." Why not? Watch the freshly unearthed clip after the jump, along with the video for the song that inspired it.
Here's the rest of what Beck had to say (from Beck.com):
"This was a bonus video we made during the shoot for the Sexx Laws video. Bass player Justin (JMJ) volunteered to dress up as a Kenny G style Smooth Jazz soprano sax player and serenade the destruction wrought by the day glo football team. (Coincidentally, Kenny G sat behind me on a flight to Seattle (regrettably not Ojai) a few months after this shoot). It was shot in a few takes before the lunch break and assembled later during the editing for the actual clip, essentially for our own amusement. The track came about when the idea arose to get some one to do a Smooth Jazz arrangement of the song instead of a remix. The music was played by the band, except for the sax player, who was an actual jazz session player. The track beautifully evokes the abandon of smooth. Its a little long, but if you stay with it, it will reward you with a smooth outlook for the rest of the day."
And the original "Sexx Laws" video: