Video Review: Ted Leo and The Pharmacists' "Bottled In Cork"

"Bottled In Cork" is one of the best tracks on Ted Leo and The Pharmacists phenomenal new album The Brutalist Bricks. It ties together the potent combination of solid hooks and sincere lyrics to create a sound that can really best be classified as "Classic Ted Leo." In my review of The Brutalist Bricks earlier this year, I lauded the band on its return to form and the directness that made previous so infectious and enjoyable. Now, Ted Leo, et al. has released a stellar and hilarious video mocking the Green Day American Idiot musical. You can check the video out below, where Leo dances through multiple costume changes and choreography lessons and discovers the terrible secret that once a punk becomes a rock star, he is destined to die. This is the funniest video for a genuinely excellent song that I've ever had the luck to see. Which is just about what you'd expect from the folks at Funny Or Die. This is exactly the kind of brilliant work I have grown to expect from Ted Leo, taking a tongue-in-cheek approach at his work, even when so much of his music is politically serious and thought provoking. Now, watch, enjoy and watch again!

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