Watch: TV On the Radio air ‘Happy Idiot’ video featuring Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and Karen Gillan

TV On the Radio air ‘Happy Idiot’ video featuring Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and Karen Gillan

Previewing their forthcoming ‘Seeds’ LP, TV on the Radio are airing a new video for lead track ‘Happy Idiot’.

Previewing their forthcoming ‘Seeds’ LP, TV on the Radio are airing a new video for lead track ‘Happy Idiot’.

Debuting on Funny or Die, the Danny Jelinek-directed clip stars both Paul Reubens and Karen Gillan (from Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) as a distracting decoy for Reubens’ unfocused racing.

Tunde Adebmpe from TVOTR had this to say about the new video:

“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. 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.

It was really fun to do, love how it came out. I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it. I don’t exactly know what ‘it’ is. But they can find it. And they can suck it.”

‘Seeds’ is out 17th November on Harvest Records.

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

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