Christopher Walken – Weapon of Choice

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Song Facts

Christopher Walken in February 2008

The video was directed by Spike Jonze, who, among others, has worked with R.E.M., Weezer, and Soundgarden. He directed Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” video in 1999.

  • The video features Christopher Walken dancing. Walken is famous for playing an evil psycho in movies like True RomanceThe Deer HunterSleepy Hollow, and Pulp Fiction, which made for a very interesting video because it turns out Walken is a great dancer. He danced in musicals at the beginning of his career.
  • Mickey Rooney’s son Michael was the choreographer.
  • The video was shot over 2 days in the lobby of a Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles shortly before Christmas in 2000.
  • The video won 6 MTV Video Music awards: Breakthrough Video, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography.
  • This won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. Collins accepted the award with Slim.
  • Slim was supposed to do a cameo in the video, but his wife Zoe was about to give birth to their child, so he figured his priority was to be with her.
  • Funk legend Bootsy Collins helped write this song and played on it. Collins played bass for George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, and has worked on many side projects, including The Bootzilla Orchestra and Deee-Lite.
  • In David Lynch’s film adaptation of Dune, Paul Atreides says to his mother (82 minutes into the movie): “If we walk without rhythm, we won’t attract the worm.” This is the likely source of the lyrics, “Walk without rhythm, it won’t attract the worm.” (thanks, Jason – Sydney, Australia)

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