Anime-Punk Rock Collective OSAKA POPSTAR Featuring Fred Armisen Unveils Animated Music Video For “Lost & Found”
Following the release this month of their new album EAR CANDY via Misfits Records in collaboration with Demented Punk, anime-meets-NY punk rock collective OSAKA POPSTAR are thrilled to reveal the animated video for their original rock and infectious single, “Lost & Found”. ”
Written, produced and directed by OSAKA POPSTAR frontman and longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero, the caricature video for “Lost & Found” features actor/comedian/musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL , Documentary Now) as the title character – a lonely lost soul searching for unreachable love, while paying homage to Saturday morning breakfast cereal, the Partridge family, the Archies and the Monkees – who are all artists that OSAKA POPSTAR covers throughout EAR CANDY.
Find an exclusive Q&A with Cafiero below outlining the process of creating the video.
EAR CANDY is led and produced by Cafiero (vocals), with Dean Rispler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on guitar and bass, Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Bob Mould) on drums, and features independent backing vocals rocker Colleen Green. It’s available now on all digital platforms and on CD and limited-edition Candy Swirl ‘bite’ vinyl (as seen on the cover art above and included in the “Lost & Found” video). Its CD and vinyl releases also include a download card with MP3s and a 32-page color digital variant of the first issue of the upcoming “Sweetie Candy Vigilante” comic book exclusive to this release. Get your copy now at https://store.osakapopstar.com.
OSAKA POPSTAR recently unveiled an expanded and remastered deluxe edition of their debut album, OSAKA POPSTAR AND THE AMERICAN LEGENDS OF PUNK, which features a lineup of punk rock legends Jerry Only (The Misfits), Marky Ramone (Ramones), Dez Cadena (Black Flag) and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) plus a special appearance from outsider music icon Daniel Johnston. The band followed up their release with a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic for Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 to release a “blistering, accordion-tinged cover” (Rolling Stone) exclusive split. 12-inch, BEAT ON THE BRAT which sold out immediately and was listed as a Top 5 and Top 10 Record Store Day release on several notable outlets including iHeart Radio News.
Q&A WITH OSAKA POPSTAR’S JOHN CAFIERO
— Congratulations on creating the “Lost & Found” animation video, which you wrote, produced and directed. What inspired you to take this approach and why do you think it’s the best visual to represent the song?
“Thank you. I’m a bit of an art junkie and over time I’ve amassed a huge list of surreal characters in the Osaka Popstar universe. I like to weave them into the fabric of what we do, and animation is a great outlet for that. In fact, every Osaka Popstar music video to date has been fully animated. The irony here being that originally I was planning to do this particular video in live-action , but as time passed, it eventually evolved into a fully animated video.
“While I have a background in producing and directing live action, I’m also a former animator and have always loved the medium. There are no limits, no boundaries, and everything can happen beyond the bounds of reality. I love making the impossible possible and twisting things into surreality tends to be a lot of fun.
“I think the video distills the heart of the song in terms everyone can relate to, but in a fun and entertaining way, while simultaneously capturing the vibe of not only the song itself, but also Osaka Popstar in general – and new record. I’m thrilled with how it turned out and hope others enjoy it as much as I do when they see it. The reaction so far from those who have seen it has been amazing, and the guys in the band have been blown away.
— During the creation of the video, were there any difficulties and how did you manage them?
“Some of the challenges were making sure that my key concepts were realized in the script, and also making sure that we captured not just the likenesses, but the essence of everyone that was being transported in animated form. Not to mention getting it all wrapped up before the record release date, while still meeting my high standards and expectations. I’m really passionate about everything I do, and I believe that’s the key to making it happen at the same time. end. The process is fun, but it’s hard work and involves many hours and extreme attention to detail. I tend to be relentless in ensuring that the end result lives up to its full potential, and I think we got it done with this video, in a fairly quick time as well.
— The video features the animated Fred Armisen. Can you tell us how you know Fred and what prompted you to ask him to use his likeness in the video?
“Fred and I have mutual friends and met briefly at the first Misfits reunion show in 2016. On the flight home, we passed each other at the airport gate. As fate would have it , our seats were assigned next to each other on the flight, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I’ve always loved his work, and we have a lot of common interests. His favorite bands are my bands favorite bands (bands that would become an integral part of my life and career), and we’ve both been big fans of John Waters from an age that many would consider too young to have seen his movies. once joking that he could have been stopped because I saw flamingos when I did it!
“The basic premise of the video was inspired by real events! I was waiting in my car parked outside a supermarket in New York, and a guy in a business suit was walking by, stopped at the bay window of the storefront and, while waving at someone inside, started doing all these absolutely crazy, ridiculous dances — and I mean it! I had no idea what he was doing, but I was hypnotized by it. Turns out he was trying to get the attention of a girl working at the cash register. What makes it weirder is that he was well dressed and looked very reserved; someone you would never expect to behave that way. He was so over the top, it was absolutely absurd and surreal, like a scene from a movie. Looking at him , I thought… this is my music video… and I immediately thought of Fred to play the main character. Starting from this basic premise, I embellished it and developed into what you see.
“Although Fred did an incredible job and gave many incredible performances, it was his role in an episode of the IFC series ‘Documentary Now’ called The Globesman, which would impress me that he was the perfect person to play this character.
“Fred and I met when I was mixing Ear Candy. I played him a rough mix of the song and told him the concept I had in mind. At the time, I was considering shoot this as a live action music video. He dug in and immediately agreed. When I then shifted gears and decided to do the fully animated video, I still wanted Fred to play the part. I explained and asked s “He remained interested. He was, and the rest is history.”
“Can you tell us what Fred said about the video after seeing it?”
“Fred said he liked the video and thought the song was great. I was thrilled. Fred was the first person to see it.
— Can you give us a few sentences about the scenario of the video?
“A lost, lonely soul wanders through a world of faceless people and things, but the only constant dynamic he sees everywhere he goes are the vibrant advertisements for his favorite red licorice. He falls in love with the poster artist who appears in the ad campaign, thinking she’s out of his reach, if not out of reality… Until he walks past the front of a supermarket and spots her working at the cash register at the He sets out to seduce her in his goofy yet charming way. Osaka Popstar Devil Dogs, Kawaii Black Metal Trio, Sweetie Candy Vigilante, and more, including tributes to Saturday morning breakfast cereals, the Partridge family, the Archies, and the Monkees. a kinship with Osaka Popstar in that they go beyond the confines of the average group, existing in a universe of their own, while simultaneously existing in ours.