Dr. Octagon Releases Its First Video In More Than 20 Years & It’s Right On Time
One week from today (April 6), Dr. Octagon will release its second album with the founding lineup. Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation packs excitement in the careers of Dan The Automator, DJ QBert, and MC Kool Keith.
After releasing their latest album’s first two singles “Octagon Octagon” and “Area 54,” the group has released a video for their new album’s third single “Flying Waterbed.” It’s their first music video in 22 years since their debut single and video “Blue Flowers,” from their critically acclaimed 1996 debut album Dr. Octagonecologyst.
The visual is directed by Joel Knoernschild, and its setting is inside of a Far East temple’s dojo with Dan, Keith, and QBert dressed in Kung Fu attire. As Keith raps in separated shots standing in front of a black background, Dan and QBert appear nonplussed sitting at a table as they analyze the martial arts skills of a tea master, as a paper dragon randomly flashes on the screen. Also, the backing vocals for the chorus are sung by Rock band Interpol’s Paul Banks.
The video is a callback to the beloved ’90s Dr. Octagon era (Kool Keith released product under the name during the 2000s without his band-mates), reflecting the group’s absurdist humor and abstract approach to their production.
For a limited time, Heads can get a full, early look at Dr. Octagon’s new album via NPR’s First Listen. Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation features the latest iteration of “Bear Witness,” a series that followed into Handsome Boy Modeling School.