Peter Bjorn and John – Drama King (Official Music Video), Pt. 4

Peter Bjorn and John – Drama King (Official Music Video), Pt. 4

Time for #4 in our Endless Dream video story chronology! Directed by Henry Moore Selder.

How the song became a song:
“Drama King” started with the rhythmical “riff-melody” on the verse and, by coincidence, the melody worked perfectly with an old lyric I found in a notebook.

(The working title in the note-book was “The Actor” / “Tom Cruise post Nicole Kidman”).

The dorky 70s bass-riff suddenly popped up in my head, (don’t ask me why), and after that, I called Peter and Bjorn.

Lately, we have gotten into some sort of “crash-test-rehearsals”.

We meet up for an hour, try stuff out for ten minutes, and then someone has to leave for the tennis-court or to pick up kids from school.

The fact is, it happens a lot during those ten minutes. The best music happens when you don’t think.

So:
1. I hummed the bass-line in Bjorn’s ear.
2. He tried to play it.
3. I sat down behind the drums and tried out different, more or less stupid drum beats.
4. I asked Peter to play a retarded guitar-solo based on eight-notes.

End of session.

After that, I sat down behind the computer and picked out all the good stuff from the stuff we ended up recording.

In the end, it sort of sounds like a twisted James Brown track, played by, well, PB&J.

Big thanks to Johannes Berglund who mixed the track with style!

And to Henry Moore Selder who directed the very awesome video!

Best,
John

Listen here:


Director: Henry Moore Selder
Producer: Katarina Tjernström/Balthazar Film
DOP: Joakim Törnquist
Gaffer: Magnus Lindberg
FX Make Up & Hair: Helené Norberg
Backline: Hans Stenlund
Art department Assistant: Nova Lee Branting
Runners: Katarina Wallenborg
Production Coordinator: Josefin Söderlind
Post & Grade Nico Knudsen

Thanks to Teater Tribunalen, Peter Geschwind, Martin Dahl, Taxi Stockholm, St. Erik Markutveckling

LYRICS
Been a saint, been a sinner
Been a punk, been a rebel
Been a fool, been a smart-ass
I was your friend, now I’m a stranger

I’m a Drama King
Baby! I’m not half the man that I could be when you’re not next to me

Gotta work through the pain
To a stale yesterday
I’ve been blind, I’ve been tortured
From dot to dot, from us to nowhere

I’m a drama king,
Baby! I’m not half the man that I could be when you’re not next to me

Drama, drama, drama king
Drama, drama, drama king
Drama, drama, drama king
Drama, drama, drama


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