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Watch Handsome Furs - "Serve the People" (video)

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By: Spacelab Research Staff
December 3, 2011
 

Jump in the way back machine to 2009, when Handsome Furs were travelling the world, playing shows (jealous?) and were all up in Asia, namely China. There dynamic duo of Handsome Furs met up with film student Han Xia, who has gone on to create a video for the Handsome Furs song "Serve the People." A good song title for someone in China to make a cultural commentary on, right? Here's part of what she had to say on how she created the video on found the right vibe on the story to tell:

"I first heard the song “Serve the People” at a livehouse called 2kolegas. Handsome Furs began their second tour of China there. That was a drunken night, young people chatting and drinking everywhere. I totally get puzzled in this scene. I know they wrote this song for Asia, I looked at the people around me, they seemed to be happy about who they are---was it that they were happy to lie to themselves, or had they already got used to a life without any freedom?

The city around us is extremely weird and beautiful. It seemed like it might run like a crazy person at any second.

Alexei asked me if I wanna shoot a music video of this song. At almost the same moment, I thought about my high school classmate Yang. He is now a cute, shy street cleaner who is into indie music a lot. His only interest is collecting records and listening to them. He goes to the shows every weekend, and watches every gig alone. He doesn’t dance at all. He told me once that he dances in his heart, you cannot see it.

This young man earns less than 300 dollars. He cleans the streets from sunrise to sunset; the people who walk behind him have no connection with him. He serves us, but nobody serves him. He knows nothing about how gorgeous the world is outside his mind. He hasn’t even been to a music festival yet. He has no idea when this kind of life ends. He feels he has no right to hate it.

However, I know clearly there are thousands of people living like this here in Beijing. I feel a connection with this complicated city. I also hate the invisible damage it brings to young people. This is a feeling I cannot translate with any language."

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Jump in the way back machine to 2009, when Handsome Furs were travelling the world, playing shows (jealous?) and were all up in Asia, namely China. There they met up with film student Han Xia, who has gone on to create a video for the Handsome Furs song "Serve the People." A good song title for someone in China to make a cultural commentary on, right? Watch the video and read Han's comments on how and why she made the commentary on China she did with the video. | VIDEO

Watch the video for the Handsom Furs song "Serve the People," created by Chinese film student Han Xia.

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