Watch: TV on the Radio - “Happy Idiot” Video, Starring Paul Reubens and Karen Gillan

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Sep 30, 2014
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TV on the Radio have premiered a brand new music video featuring "Happy Idiot," the lead single from the band's forthcoming album Seeds. Directed by Danny Jelinek and written by Jake Fogelnest, the visual stars Pee-Wee Herman himself Paul Reubens as "Racer Steven," a driver trying to get back on the track. Making things a bit difficult is the fact that Reubens is being haunted on the sidelines by Doctor Who's beautiful Karen Gillan. 

"I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind," says singer Tunde Adebimpe in a press release. "I took it to Funny or Die and they said, 'That's great, let's go for that.' I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile. He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind. "Karen Gillan was absolutely great. We were really psyched to work with her, because she's basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person. Full on geek fest in the desert."

Click below to watch the results. Seeds arrives Nov. 18.

TV on the Radio “Happy Idiot” feat. Paul Reubens and Karen Gillan from Funny Or Die



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