That Father John Misty a.k.a. Josh Tillman dabbles in LSD for medicinal purposes should give you some idea of what to expect from this promo for ‘Total Entertainment Forever’. Who knew George Washington was a fan of virtual reality and Viagra?
Downstairs issues aside, Washington appears in rude health as he loads ‘Constitution Hack’. His chosen avatar? Kurt Cobain, as played by Macaulay Culkin. Yes, it’s the ‘Home Alone’/Nirvana crossover you may have dreamed of.
Culkin does his off-beat reputation no harm as he’s accosted by fast food goons and nailed to a papier-mâché cross. He’s joined by sax machine Bill Clinton and, erm, Jon Arbuckle from Garfield. Despite being whipped, manhandled, and crucified, a selfie’s no big deal for Culkin/Cobain.
Lyrically, it’s droll with a despairing edge. Misty riffs on everything from iterative technology (“And now the future's definition is so much higher than it was last year”) to our symbiotic relationship with entertainment devices. A cutting sermon from Father John.