I don’t care how many heinous bio-mechanical tattoos I see on Hessians, Ex-Ravers, and New Age fans of Tool. I don’t care how many books, calendars, bad toys, and schwag I see tarnishing his name. H.R. Giger’s work still blows my mind. Decades since he broke out, his influence over the visual landscape of horror and evil still reigns. The standard he set has yet to be improved on.
Debbie Harry is the shit. That’s really the only way to describe her. In one of the coolest artist collaborations ever, she and H.R. Giger worked together to create the visuals for her first solo album, KOO KOO.
H.R. directed this video for Debbie in 1981. Artists were just beginning to sculpt the dynamics of the music video medium around this time, so this vid may seem dated to some. To me, its perfect.
Love those FX!
I also came across this old interview promoting the collaboration. It’s worth it alone just to get a mini tour of Giger’s house.
“Black Magic, Black Music, White Singer.” Wtf?- Cornbluth