Inspector Owl and the Bloody World of Underground Hungry Hungry Hippo Bouts

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It's been awhile since my main dealer of great indie-rock music videos, Mick Cullen of Subterranean Radio, managed to connect. Either his wares were not quite to my taste, or they were and the bands never responded. This time, though, he sent me some local (for him) heroes in the form of Inspector Owl, and the result is just plain ridiculous fun.

I make no bones about my fondness for over-the-top violent storytelling in music-video form. I grew up on the censored stuff on MTV, and since the best music videos have been banished to YouTube, they pretty much have carte blanche to do whatever the hell they want. Inspector Owl's "Mousey" is no exception.

Directed by Ben Nissen of Haphazard Films, the video features the band as participants in an underground, high-stakes Hungry Hungry Hippo game. It's every Bond gambling scene you've ever watched, except that it's plucked down into an abandoned basement to give it that extra 8mm feel.

The band comes across as little more than action-movie stereotypes, but since it's clearly meant to be an Expendables-level parody of itself it works. Too much is too much, but way too much is just right.

"Ben and I had worked the night before to get the location set for shooting, we hung lights, set the table, built a ghetto dolly, made sure we had all of the props ready, and made some delicious fake blood," says Corey Wills of Inspector Owl. "I think everyone of us has wanted to be in an action movie. We grew up with movies like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Predator, and I know I personally have always wanted to ram a machete through someone's head while also shooting a gun."


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