Foster the People's "Houdini" Video: An Extremely Detailed Breakdown

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We never thought the members of Foster the People would dance like a boy band. But today, they proved us wrong.

The band released a new music video for its most recent single, "Houdini." And crappy dancing aside, the clip stays true to the band's image. Like the vid for "Call It What You Want," it's bizarre. So get ready to watch it at least twice.

If, however, you don't have time in your busy net-surfing schedule to watch a three-minute video, just check out Crossfade's extremely detailed breakdown.



0:00-0:08 This seems boring. They're just filming a music video.

0:09-0:24 Alright, so it's not just a performance. Parts of the set just fell from the sky and killed the entire band. By the way, if you didn't catch what that flyer said when they zoomed in on it, there's a concert tomorrow.

0:25-0:28 Cue the creepy man who apparently can't pick up a phone, let alone talk into it. Not sure how they heard his nod on the other side. Very sensei of him.

0:29-0:34 Well, this dude sure is bossy. Does he really need to constantly bitch at the six men following him? And why are they wearing suits?

0:35-0:50 A bunch of guys start putting Foster the People back together again. Is this Mr. Miyagi's crew or are they just random dudes in full-body spandex suits?

0:51-1:08 It's a miracle! They're alive. But you expect us to believe that this guy can just snap his fingers and revive the band? Fine, we'll go with it.

1:09-1:30 Wait, so he turned them into boy band robots? They're dancing. Classic. By the way, is this video a commentary about the music industry's need to control artists? It sure seems that way considering their deaths are only tragic because of the band's upcoming show. Is this too heavy for you? Well, just keep watching the video. The men in the neon green spandex suits return. And apparently, they're supposed to comically carry the band members around the set.

1:31-1:49 Lead singer Mark Foster undergoes some surgery. In case you still hadn't realized that they're now robots, it's cleared up for you when Foster's peeled-off face exposes the wires under it. Don't worry, they put his face back on.

1:50-2:01 And apparently, the members of Foster the People also have the ability to fly.

2:02-2:10 Cue second dance routine. The dancing makes it look like they're puppets. Is it just us or does this video remind you of 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached"? Anyway ...

2:11-2:14 Just a reminder about the show tomorrow. And less than two seconds later, it's time for the show.

2:15-2:30 We can't even look at these dudes. Like, literally. Does anyone know why Foster the People is dressed in blindingly white boy-band duds like Backstreet Boys circa Millenium?

2:30 People are totally raging at their show. So he must be doing something right. And by he, we mean the guy backstage who's controlling them with a remote control that makes it look like he's playing with a toy helicopter.

2:31-3:04 And there they go flying again. How are their instruments in the air, though? Oh, no ... There's another dance routine.

3:05-3:23 Now we get a transition from the stage to a party after the concert. Lots of high fives, hugs, and confetti. But no one notices that Foster and his people are dead on the couch. Party on!

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2 comments
KiraTinovic
KiraTinovic

Foster the people are THE BEST ! <3<3<3

Haters gonna hate

Steve
Steve

I love that they used superfan suits in the video!

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