Headless Chickens “Magnet”

1997-headless-chickens-magnet“Magnet” was the first single from the post-Fiona Chooks. It’s a ghostly love song with an unseen singer (Rachel Wallis) providing Fiona-esque backing vocals.

The video takes place at night in a wasteland, complete with an unturned car. Back when this was made it probably seemed like a cool dystopian fantasy, but now there are parts of Christchurch that literally look like this. Chris also spends some time inside a munted car, and the band performs in the ruins of an old warehouse that looks like Detroit decay porn. The video is like a premonition of 21st century disasters.

There’s a lot of tiredness in this video. The song feels tired, the band looks tired, the environment seems to be on the verge of just collapsing, with the facade of civilisation being just too much effort.

It’s not a bad song – I should make that clear. In fact, it’s easily one of the Headless Chickens better songs. It’s just that the video seems to reveal more about the band than the song.

Best bit: the ruins of an old motherboard, kissing goodbye to computers.

Director: Jonathan King
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Next… Jan’s furry friend.

3 thoughts on “Headless Chickens “Magnet””

  1. Their best song off their best album imo. I like the video … but it’s definitely indicative of the state of the band at the time. But it does seem to fit the song, somehow.

    Backing vocals were Rachel Wallis, for the record.

    1. Thanks – I have the CD, but it’s currently packed away. I love Greedy – it’s easily my favourite of their albums.

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