The Works – Kurt Russell: Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter)
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Editing a movie with John Carpenter looks pretty fun. He hikes up his tweed sleeves, grabs his Beatle bass and jams the fuck out. At least that’s the scene for Carpenter’s video for the theme to Big Trouble in Little China, an amazing display of ego and lame dad-swagger.
He and his crew go between cutting the movie together and rocking out with their mullets out. At several points throughout the video all three of them take turns prancing around in an oversized a Chinese-style robe while rocking those plastic, slitted novelty glasses you see for sale at county fairs. It’s great, they all look really terrible.
Carpenter’s band is called The Coup De Villes, and it’s made up of him, Halloween III director Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle, who played The Shape in the first Halloween film. Castle is the one hitting all of those high “Little ChIIIna”s in the song; so keep that in mind the next time you watch Halloween. Wear that information like a shield against the darkness.
The video’s below, it’s a hoot. Hell, a hoot-and-a-half.
– Kris King, @KrisKingTornado