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”. – available now!
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 “stunning accordion-tinged cover” (Rolling Stone) exclusive split from 12 inch, BEAT ON THE BRAT which immediately sold out and was listed as a Top 5 and 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” animated 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, to date, every Osaka Popstar music video has been fully animated. The irony being that I originally planned 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 like to make the impossible possible and spinning 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 from Osaka Popstar in general – and the new album. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and I hope others enjoy it as much as I do when they see it. So far, the reaction of those who saw it was amazing, and the guys in the band were blown away by it.”
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 to wrap it all up by the date record release, while maintaining my high standards and expectations. I’m truly passionate about everything I do, and I believe that’s the key to making it all happen in the end. process is fun, but it’s hard work and involves many hours and extreme attention to detail. I tend to be relentless in ensuring the end result lives up to its full potential, and I think we we managed to do it with this video, in a fairly quick time as well.
The video features animation 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 right 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. favorite bands are my favorite bands, (bands that would become an integral part of my life and career), and we were both big fans of John Waters at an age that many would consider too young to have seen his John once jokingly told me that he could have been arrested for seeing Pink Flamingos when I did!
“The basic premise of the video was inspired by real-life events! I was waiting in my car parked outside a supermarket in New York, and a guy in a business suit was driving by and 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. 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 fine 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. Watching him, I I thought…this is my music video…and I immediately thought of Fred to play the main character. From that basic premise, I embellished on it, and developed it 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 personage.
“Fred and I met when I was mixing Ear Candy. I played him a big mix of the song and told him the concept I had in mind. At the time, I was considering to shoot this as a live-action clip. He dug it and immediately agreed. When I later switched gears and decided to do the full-animated video, I still wanted Fred to play the part. I explained and asked if he was still interested. He was, and the rest is history.”
Can you tell us what Fred said about the video after watching it?
“Fred said he loved 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 and 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 who appears in the ad campaign, thinking she’s beyond his reach, if not beyond reality… Until he passes a supermarket window and sees her working at the checkout inside.He sets out to seduce her in his wacky but charming way.Osaka Popstar appears in animated form, appearing in the most unlikely places, providing the story’s soundtrack – which features cameos the Osaka Popstar Devil Dogs, the Kawaii Black Metal Trio, Sweetie Candy Vigilante, and more, including homages to Saturday morning breakfast cereals, the Partridge family, the Archies, and the Monkees. all have a kinship with Osaka Popstar in that they go beyond the confines of the average band, existing in a universe of their own, simultaneously existing in ours.
“Lost & Found” and EAR CANDY are available now!
Watch “Lost & Found (Official)” via YouTube here
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