Today, Pitchfork brings us a brand new Morrissey video for a forthcoming single called “All You Need is Me.” The interesting part is that the video was directed by Patrick O’Dell, the Manhattan photographer and former Vice magazine photo editor whose blog, Epicly L’aterd has become something of a must read for downtown scenesters and skater kids.
Mr. O’Dell, who now hosts a skateboard documentary show on Vice’s online television network VBS.tv, is a massive fan who’d featured enough Morrissey shows on his blog that he was asked to shoot some concert footage this past fall. The thing is, with the exception of a lo-fi, do-it-yourself sort of shoot he did for the experimental indie band Panda Bear, he’d never filmed a music video before. So you could imagine his surprise when manager Merck Mercuriadis gave him a call while he was out in Los Angeles last month and asked him to not just film but actually direct Morrissey’s new video—the following day!
“I was blown away,” he told the Culture Czar. “I didn’t understand why they were asking me to do it because I don’t direct music videos.” And his nerves? “It took me a while to even calm down about it. The 15 minutes before he arrived were the worst. I was so freaked out!”
But the video looks good nonetheless. Check it out above.