Eric Wareheim directed a music video for Depeche Mode, and needless to say, it is gross. And NSFW.

If this is supposed to appeal to the old people who actually liked Depeche Mode over 1,000 moons ago when they were relevant, I don’t think it will. Old people are all about dinner parties and comfortable footwear and reasonable investment opportunities. And if it is supposed to appeal to “the kids,” it is DEFINITELY not going to. Kids are all about Pogs and Hannah Montana and Sexting. BUT, if it’s supposed to appeal to alternative-future-underage-carnival-band fetishists who engage in aggressive athletic FACE FUCKING, then, you know, it’s like Hitler always said, ‘OOOOOH, THAT’S A BINGO!’

P.S. Eric Wareheim is a mad man, rendering this entire discussion irrelevant.

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  1. I DON’T fucking get THIS shit. I mean, yeah, music VIDEOS DON’T really make that MUCH SENSE–especially NOWADAYS. But is this REALLY THE reaction TO MAINSTREAM music videos? Like DID WE MAKE an agreement that this is where we want TO GO? Because I DO not WANT to go THERE.

    • Agreed, when the camera makes a rush toward the exit part way through the video, I was all like “way to go camera, get out of that crazy face licking club”, but it only got worse once we hit the streets. I feel confused and violated; I’m going to watch the Absolut Vodka ads a couple more times to regain my love for Eric Wareheim.

      • I didn’t make it to the streets. Sounds like it was a good idea to turn it off. It was the only thing that was gross yet also boring.

  2. I hope my last comment is lost forever because of that movable type error.

  3. You just say “bingo”. Also, at 2:10 they have Seth Green in body paint playing the drums, I think that tells who this video is for (that doesn’t tell you who this video is for).

  4. You specifically asked for this when you requested that Eric Wareheim or Tim Heidecker be involved in all music videos. Shit, Gabe! What did you think was going to happen?

  5. @3:39 – I USED to like mustard…

  6. I still love Depeche Mode, and I guess these (cause i’m old?). And I don’t believe in “Relevancy” of music, I mean relevant to what or who exactly? That being said, this video gives me the heeby jeebies. (how do you spell that?)

  7. So, their music makes people spontaneously eat face? I think I would trade a big bag of shrooms for an hour in Eric’s head.

  8. raaaaaaaandy  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2009 -2

    umm….
    Hate to break it to you but The Depeche Modes are still very relevant and influential, they are played consistently at the worlds finest hipster establishments (unironically) and people still make new music that sounds like DM songs from 20 years ago.

  9. * I’m pretty sure Hitler’s dog’s name was Blondi….not Bingo.

    *Yom Kippur Protip

  10. Danceclub Silencio.

  11. Oh, anti-comedy. Let me know if Tim and Eric ever make a joke that is funny and makes people laugh.

  12. frostfromfire  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2009 +3

    this is NSFA (not suitable for ANYWHERE)

    Did you have to post this during lunch? :(

    • Actually. This was perfect for lunch. I forgot to being mine today and I have no $$$. I put this song on and started licking all the sloppy eaters next to me. I’m full now. yay!

  13. i would like for the time i spent watching that video to have been the amount of time i blacked out for my flash forward moment.

  14. nooneknows  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2009 +3

    so its depeche mode songs that are responsible for the rapid spread of swine flu. those limey sons of bitches.

  15. It’s not so much gross as it is boring and dated-looking. Where’s Mr. Liffo and the Jim Rose Circus Side Show? This would have been pretty edgy around 1993. Also, all hetero?!?

  16. I’m fairly sure this is a documentary about bottle service clubs.

  17. I like the video. I think that Eric Wareheim is one of the few people directing music videos today who seems to notice the obvious fact that MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, or any tv station for that matter, and that if you want your video to get exposure you need to exploit the internet. And a cool little artsy video isn’t going to get anyone’s attention. You need to present people with something they’ve never seen before. That’s why the Parisian Goldfish and Pon de Floor videos have gone viral (sorry for using that phrase) and people who would otherwise never even hear of Flying Lotus or Major Lazer find themselves humming the songs after watching the wacky videos.

  18. i thought it was brilliant. it actually made me pay attention to the music rather than distracting me from it (like most music videos do). give this guy a feature film to direct, stat.

  19. eddie  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2009 -1

    when did tongue on tongue become NSFW? Just curious…

    • I’m with you here. I saw NSFW and “FACE FUCKING” and I was ready for action! Then it’s just a bunch of people licking each others faces. Shame on you, Gabe.

  20. Phew, at least everyone in this kinky underground club is hetero! Which is very believable! Especially in Depeche Mode-verse! We don’t want to be *that* subversive or anything…

  21. what a tongue twister!

  22. this is why I hate straight bars

  23. I keep thinking “That’s a bingo!” when I want to congratulate someone for keeping up with me, but I don’t say it because it’s sort of a grim reference? I hope “That’s a bingo!” catches on so I can say it without specifically conjuring images of its Nazi character origin.

  24. So disappointing. I clicked “play” at least expecting Dave Gahan to be doing something sexy and all I found was tongue-licking. Not even involving Dave! For shame.

  25. I think everyone’s hole is full now, yeah? All fed! MUSTARD.

  26. so marianne from true blood is in depeche mode?

  27. This video is a good reminder to only stand next to attractive people, always. just in case someone decides to break out the neon and glitter wigs and Depeche Mode some stranger’s tongue up your nostril.
    Although you know, no. This is a reminder to live in the woods alone. Still like the band, though.

  28. Thought process revealed:

  29. jjazznola  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    That’s it? I didn’t think gross, I kinda thought boring. DM could do much better. (And grosser) (is that a word?) The foot fetish video during Strangelove from their recent concerts was outstanding!

  30. Musclez  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    I thought the video was S-E-X-Y! I would like to do that tongue thing to the bracez gurl!

  31. I dunno, I think the comedy is more about looking at how awful rave culture is. Sure its gross, but come on guys, any dumb hiphop video is way worse than this.

  32. five inches but its thick  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    check out the video for majr lazr. and strap on your dagger shoes

  33. Music exists because people create it, perform it and listen to it. People are living organisms, and biology is the study of living organisms.

  34. CHEYENNE HAYNES, THE LEAD SINGER IN THE DEPECHE MODE – HOLE TO FEED – MUSIC VIDEO (with the blue? hair) IS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF MYSPACE RIGHT NOW!! It’s under “videos” if it doesn’t pop up right away.

    Post to youtube if you have any questions for her.

  35. bloodynipps  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 -2

    Anyone who is offended by this video should be. You’re obviously not a T&E fan, so have no standing to comment on it. Sit with it.

  36. bloodynipps  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 -2

    Anyone who is offended by this video should be. You’re obviously not a T&E fan, so have no standing to comment on it. Sit with it.

  37. Eric Warehiem  |   Posted on Oct 10th, 2009 0

    You hate my DM video, so what?!?! I didn’t make it for you, the depeche mode fan. I made it for myself, it’s self-promotion. That’s all, you read that right!! I’m paris hilton except I am a Hollywood director. Why is this so hard for everyone to understand? It’s sarcasm. Deal with it, cause I’m your white knight, and you guys are too stupid to get it.

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