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Published on Nov 3, 2009
This is our worst video and most expensive one. CRUSADE is off our PREMEDITATED MURDER lp. We had just been signed by Warner Chappell publishing and we were approached by the company behind the last Skinny Puppy video. We told them we wanted an intelligent video preferable without us in it. The last thing we wanted was a lip synch video. They showed us a good script so we OK'd it and received a gov't grant from FACTOR to make the video. Our new publishers, Warner paid to fly the band to Vancouver to make the video. We arrived in Vancouver and walked into the studio only to find out they wanted us to lip sync in from of a screen projecting the bombings that were happening in Iraq at the time. Needless to say I WAS PISSED OFF and walked off the set. Not wanting to do the shoot i was coherced into it by friends who were right when they said it would jepordize our new contract with Warner. I did the video on the condition they won't show any Iraq war and no posing to the camera. Needless to say they had NO IDEAS other then filming us lip synching, We did it very unenthusiastically. Two weeks later we got the video and i had heard the crew had already went to Cuba with the money they were gonna get for the video form the goverment, as they hardly spent any money or time making the video. I could of made a better video for one hundredth of what they were paid. I realized we were scammed big time. I told them i was not gonna OK the video and tell the gov't/FACTOR what went down unless they subtitled the lyrics I sent them on the video. They did that, the video got sent Much Music it was played once i believe then i asked for the video back because i hated it so much especially with the feeeling i had of how much i got screwed. If you don't beieve me, compare the NAKED video we did with friends and it cost less then 1/10 of what it cost us to do this CRUSADE video. I later wrote a song on GET DOWN based on this incident. The song is called THE VIDEO SONG.