"Jesus is the fuckin' guy, dude," says a voice at the front end of Art Vandelay's new single "Vitiligo", from the group's upcoming LP Face Tattoo. At the other end, though, AV MC Ricky Pharoe surmises: "I bet you've never seen a man like this/probably 'cuase he's made up and didn't exist/I read the Bible, nothing in it seemed to make any sense/I'm not saying that you're stupid, just weird, no offense."
The first ever video from the Vandelay camp was released today, and brings to life all the avidly untrusting counterculture inklings that make Pharoe such an alluring character. The video follows a Jesus-clad Alton Roundtree (the group's manager/occasional backup vocalist) on his merry way around town, supplying a homeless guy with some grub, and Pharoe with an ass-beating (which all fits the plot of the song, in which Pharoe talks some serious smack about the old carpenter). Dictionary-wise, "vitiligo" connotes a medical condition that causes the loss of skin pigment (think Michael Jackson), and is yet another twisted jab at the evolution of theology--or shall we say a jab at the twisted evolution of theology.
Musically, producer Mack Formway supplies another (go back and listen to their debut They've Got My Number Down At The Post Office while you're at it) rock-inspired gem, while Pharoe slaps his deranged humor over the beat in his trademark tenor. Check out the song/video below and find gems like "They're apes anyway/we'll keep waitin' for the rapture, sure it's comin' any day," within.