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TV On The Radio share video for "Happy Idiot"

30 September 2014, 18:17 | Written by Laurence Day

TV On The Radio have proudly displayed the new video for "Happy Idiot", the lead single from upcoming LP Seeds.

The video stars the band, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and Karen Gillan, directed by Danny Jelinek, and was created in conjunction with Funny Or Die.

TV On The Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe has explained getting the project off the ground:

“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.”

Watch the wonderfully weird collaboration below.

Seeds is out 17 November on Harvest.

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