Risque Music Video Lampoons U.S. Political Parties
Austin-based performance art group uses electronic beats and human sexuality to address the hypocrisy of the Republicans and Democrats.
AUSTIN, Texas (October 19th, 2012) - Many stories can be read about Americans expressing disenchantment with elections. On October 15th Austin-based performance art group Nemion released a self-produced music video on YouTube illustrating with satire and sexuality the lack of real choice they feel the Republicans and Democrats have to offer the America people.
“I (heart) THIS.” posted Rani Bakr after seeing the video for the first time when the YouTube link was shared on Facebook by Jenner Carnelian, the cartoonist/musician/activist who is the driving force behind Nemion. Weeks earlier Rani spent the better part of an evening at Carnelian’s studio with fellow musician Sean Croshaw playing the parts of The Republican Party and The Democratic Party, respectively. Neither had seen any of the footage until the completed work’s release online.
The video - viewable here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpXBaW4vOmw&feature=g-upl -features Carnelian as “Professor Nemion” rapping with musician Tyrone “T-Bone” Walker playing bass guitar for the song “Dirty Girl” - a Nemion original with lyrics about casual sex and fetishistic degradation. The duo is inter-cut with Bakr and Croshaw dressed in “female business attire”, separately dancing to the song seducing the viewer. By the third verse the two meet and debate with each other, pillow fighting along the way. Then things really heat up.
“It was always my intention to have the two ’Parties’ ravishing each other by the final chorus.” says Carnelian. “It represents how the dispute between them is effectively a farce, as their policies often yield similar results: war and the degrading of individual rights. Their leadership are pretty much in bed together.”
When asked why he chose a man (dressed in drag) and transsexual woman for the parts Carnelian responds, “That actually came later. Initially I was trying to find female fetish models/dancers, but when that wasn’t panning out I thought of Rani and Sean. I knew they were close friends and would be comfortable with what the parts required, and the irony of having a trans-woman portray the Republican Party was too much to resist. Fortunately both were up for the challenge.”
Uncredited is the performer behind the mysteriously ominous character called “The Elite”, a woman with a chrome face plate who appears during the choruses, initially dressed in business attire but later seen in fetish-wear. “She’s the politically-connected, moneyed interests who I believe are the real ’constituents’ of the U.S. Government.” adds Jenner.
Nemion is composed of Jenner Carnelian and Tyrone “T-Bone” Walker. They’ve been performing sporatic shows in and around Austin since 2007. Their debut album Flesheater was released in 2012.
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