Wednesday 3 November 2010

Hammer and Tongs Collection

Creators of some of the finest music videos ever, if you're of a certain age you'll have grown up watching MTV and appreciating the work of Hammer and Tongs. Working with some of the biggest names in British music (Blur, Radiohead, Pulp), they've given us some of the most memorable music videos ever; then under the guise of Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith branched out into feature films, delivering personal favourites of mine, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow. These guys have one impressive showreel. 

If you're a fan of music videos you may have bought the Palm Directors Label collections back in 2003. Bringing together the respective works of directors like Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, they were quite exhaustive collections that left no stone unturned. When they were released there was much speculation as to who would get a boxset next...only for the series to hit an abrupt end. I always wanted to see a Hammer and Tongs DVD collection, and it looks like I'm finally getting my wish thanks to Optimum.

This DVD is loaded with all the classics music videos (including their more recent outings), along with a bunch of short films, commentaries and interviews to boot. It's available to pre-order now at Amazon, and will be released on November 15th to tie in with the release of the Hammer and Tongs 'presented' film, A Town Called Panic.
As a taster of what to expect I could show you the sad tale of one lonely milk carton in Blur's iconic Coffee and TV, I could show you the demented puppetry of Supergrass' Pumping On Your Stereo...but I'm pretty sure you'll have seen them. Instead here's a personal favourite that exudes the lo-fi charm of most of their work, Vampire Weekend's A-Punk.

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