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