"I'd die for her, like days of yore," Fatal Jamz bandleader Marion Belle sings at the beginning of "Gigolo," setting the new-wave track's tone of fierce commitment and nostalgia. The song's video, premiering today on The FADER, follows suit: Belle abandons a dead-end job for a romp with Marilyn Monroe. The strange coloring, beachside performances, and one long-dead movie star contribute to one intentionally cheesy, endearing visual, as if David Lynch directed a Dennis Madalone video.
In an email to The FADER, Belle described the genesis of the "Gigolo" clip. "Catalina Island has always been a sacred place for us. Abby grew up sailing there with her family as a girl. We met Ashley Clarke at a Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where she had been hired as Marilyn. At the time I had a song called 'Blondes Die Young,' and I took a picture with her. There is a haunting quality about Ashley as Marilyn that we both felt, and we kept her business card. Over time the idea came about to take a trip to Catalina with her, this kind of gauzy figure who vanishes in the end. The shoot was wild with two tiny motor boats zipping around the harbor, one with the camera and one with the actors and Abby just yelling out directions over the waves."
Fatal Jamz's new album Coverboy is out now via Lolipop Records. Check out the band's tour dates with Weyes Blood below.
Thumbnail photo by Abigail Briley Bean
Fatal Jamz tour dates with Weyes Blood
Feb 16 - San Diego - Soda Bar
Feb 17 - Pomona - Acerogami
Feb 18 - Costa Mesa - The Wayfarer
Feb 20 - Santa Cruz - The Crepe Place
Feb 21 - San Franscisco - TBD
Feb 23 - Portland - Mississippi Studios
Feb 24 - Seattle - Sunset Tavern
Feb 25 - Vancouver - TBD