So I did indeed book the SugaBabes music video, amazingly enough as a “stiltwalker”. It was shot yesterday in an incredibly hard to find warehouse somewhere between Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens. The conditions of this warehouse were horrendous – there was no bathroom, no light, just dust and grime – enough to make Jacob Riis puke and run for cover if he had been alive to see it.
And of course within the confines of this grimey warehouse were the people that would be in the music video with me – the circus freaks. There were jugglers, mime artists, transvestites, sword swallowers, break dancers, tumblers, magicians, little people, karate experts, ballerinas, and me. When I arrived on set carrying my stilts, one of the circus freaks announced, “Hey look, it’s the stiltwalker!” So I guess I was one of them. If all of this wasn’t enough, as I went to put my stuff down, I overheard a conversation in which a guy holding a white dove said, “Yeah I’ve been in this industry for a while.” Now normally when I’m on a film shoot of somekind and somebody brings up the word “industry”, they are talking about the film or TV industry. This guy was not. He was talking about the MAGIC industry!
Now, let’s talk about the actual band, the SugaBabes. When I said earlier that they were big in the UK. I actually meant they were big in… The University of Kentucky. That was a joke. According to a few fans on set the ‘Babes are actually big in England. (Even though no one I know has ever heard of them). Some are touting them as the next Spice Girls. For a sampling of what the next Spice Girls are all about, here are the lyrics to their new song, “Ugly” (which is what the music video was for):
“when, i was 7 they said i was strange
i noticed that my eyes and hair weren’t the same
i asked my parents if i was ok
they said your more beautiful and thats the way
they show they wish they had your smile
so my confidence was up for a while
i got real comfortable with my own style
i knew they were only jealous cos
people are all the same
and we only get judged by what we do
personality reflects name
if i’m ugly then so are you, so are you”
Apparently the theme of the video was that even though “people are all the same”, we’re really different in our own way. And that’s where us circus freaks came in. When the filming begun, they lined us up. And one at a time we got in front of the camera and did our thing. When it was my turn I simply danced around as best I could on my stilts while the song, “Ugly”, with the above lyrics, inspired me. I realized then the important message: “If i’m ugly (because I’m up on these stilts), then you know what? So are you! Ha! Gotcha!”
I don’t think this video will ever air in the states. Let’s hope to God it doesn’t.