Adam Buxton presents BUG - XL Recordings special
The music video enthusiast combines nerdy enthusiasm with impish wit and glee
Paying homage to the XL Recordings label, this fond tribute inhibited the nerdily enthusiastic Adam Buxton from showcasing any terrible music videos. But they weren’t missed. Instead, between groundbreaking promos for the likes of the Prodigy, Radiohead and the White Stripes, Dr Buckles indulged his appetite for digital mischief with a brutally hilarious re-dub of the Beach Boys and wicked Rolf Harris visual gag.
Dusting off some vintage Baaad Dad commentary on the Prodigy from The Adam and Joe Show and giving his kids’ (manipulated) take on the Essex pyros, the only seriously duff sequence came from his po-faced singer/songwriter character Tim Fuckit at the XL offices in the noughties. It was a stilted, mirth-free exchange that ought never to have seen the light of day.
Regardless, the affection Buxton is still held in was reflected by the patience this audience extended his sporadic technical cock-ups, and by the tipsy guy who unexpectedly accepted the invitation for someone to charge the stage. As ever, Buxton quipped with semi-joking envy about his sometime comedy partner Joe Cornish’s film success, and spoke with a curator’s knowledge on his favoured artists like Tyler, The Creator.
Of course, the show reiterated the brilliant invention of video directors like Hammer & Tongs and Michel Gondry, even if they can’t hope to compete with the YouTube comments beneath their films for entertainment value. Just what it is about the misanthropy, stupidity and renegade spelling of these posts that always makes me weep with laughter, I’m not sure. But Buxton has a connoisseur’s eye and inhabits them with impish wit and glee, capturing the internet as a shouty bellend’s festival of ignorance and self-entitled opinion.