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See that Johnny Cash video

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 13th 2006 3:02PM
johnny cashIf you've missed the video for the late Johnny Cash's song "God's Gonna Cut You Down," you can watch it in all it's sucktackular glory here. No offense to Johnny Cash, who deserves every modicum of respect he receives plus a million, but this video is exactly what I thought it would be: a bunch of mediocre musicians and Hollywood stars emoting for the camera. Granted, we do have a couple appearances by venerable musicians like Keith Richards and Brian Wilson, but the whole "tribute video" concept just feels forced and ingenuous to me. And really, why does there need to be a music video for a Johnny Cash song, anyway? Cash's music is meant to be played on an old record player while you smoke cigarettes and drink whiskey until the woman who done left you disappears into that fog bank called memory. Everyone knows that, it's the first thing you're taught in elementary school.

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Katie

The video is awesome, however I doubt that all those stars were Johnny Cash fans. I mean Kanye West, are you kidding me? And Travis Barker? seriously???

November 24 2006 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

This video is indeed ingenuous, or artless. Really. Someone at the office decided that shooting a video in B&W, throwing in some crosses, the occasional filter, and stuffing it with seemingly random celebrities would be a good idea for a tribute to Johnny Cash, and frankly, it's a slap in the face.

Despite the A-List celebs, and his "transcending genre, class, race," Mr. Cash proooobably wasn't into fame and "looking all hot for the camera," like these guys.

Lack of sexual eye candy? I'm pretty sure I just saw some girls ass cheeks hanging out from underneath her tank-top the wardrobe staff mistook for a dress.

The only thing separating this video from cliche, film school videos made for local bands are the celebrities.

November 14 2006 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

oh and I forgot youre an idiot Adam.

November 13 2006 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karl Cremslinier

I will first preface this with the fact that I am over 30.

I assume Adam couldn't find its worth simply for the fact that it is missing a video edit every 15 frames or lack of sexual eye candy.

I will also admit that this is the 3rd music video i have bothered to watch in the last 10 years. It is as brilliant and simple as the man in black himself. True art in a sea of garbage. Mark this one on your list of videos to win awards at MTV's VMAs.

Kyle

November 13 2006 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whoosh

You drank whiskey, smoked cigerettes and listened to Johnny Cash at your elementary school?

November 13 2006 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrisb

Are you retarded? This video features a collection of A-list stars from rock, hiphop, pop, and country music as well a number of major actors. It signifies the beauty of Johnny Cash's music... he transcended genre, class, race. Very few artists can achieve something like that. This video is phenomenal.

November 13 2006 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

They need to so kids dont forget the greatest musician ever. This man set a standard for music and influencedd almost every musician who is playing today.

November 13 2006 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony Scida

Do you mean "disingenuous"? Or did you really mean "innocent and unsuspecting"?

November 13 2006 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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