Nope, the Dave Grohl-directed video for “Rope” is a straight-ahead performance clip shot on VHS of the boys performing inside a white light box (to get that “walls are closing in” claustrophobic feeling expressed in the lyrics). True enough, the lyrics hardly lend themselves to big laughs.
There are a few tricks, like showing everyone in silhouette and some flashy lights during the instrumental breakdown and the end, but, thankfully, it never veers into art-school antics. Grohl would never do that. If there’s a less pretentious rock star than Grohl, we’ve yet to meet him.
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The song, the first single from April 12’s “Wasting Light,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart this week. The album, produced by Butch Vig, was recorded in Grohl's garage. No computers allowed.
After it gets past the Soundgarden-sounding intro, does this song remind anyone else of "Monkey Wrench?"