Sometimes it amuses me to pretend Adam Bernstein really carefully choreographed things like John’s spastic and AMAZING dance in the Crane video—“No, put your arms up like THIS!” But then I’m at a show or watching a TV appearance and I watch John and yehhhhhhhhhh no there’s no way that could be anything but a Linnell Original.
ARE THOSE THE “ANA NG” COATS? PLEASE LET THOSE BE THE “ANA NG” COATS. I can’t see where there’s a part in the video where you can see them clearly enough to tell if they have those kind of fasteners, but they’re certainly very similar, and it seems unlikely that The Johns would have two pairs of matching big black coats. Oh my god. I’M SO HAPPY THAT THEY STILL HAVE THEM. And I hope they go out and wear them together all the time.
They’re probably all dead now, but I think it would’ve been really interesting to talk to the old guys from the “They’ll Need a Crane” video. Like, did they all get copies of Lincoln? Did they dig it? What did they think about being in a music video for a couple of total weirdos?
The fact that this is what happens immediately after “No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful” makes me so happy. Profound and deeply heartbreaking thoughts combined with adorably spazzy actions—it’s the perfect summary of John Sidney Linnell, in a mere six seconds.