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Behind-The-Scenes with illScarlett: Making the "Milkshakes and Razorblades" Music Video

Behind-The-Scenes with IllScarlett Making

On January 18, 2010, illScarlett headed out into the streets of downtown Toronto to record a new music video for Milkshakes & Razorblades. This was no ordinary shoot because the entire music video was filmed backwards.

Not only did that mean that the band had to do everthing backwards, it meant that Alex Norman (vocals, guitar) had to memorize the lyrics to the song backwards so it would appear he was singing the lyrics properly when the video was reversed. To do so, he said he had a copy of Milshakes & Razorblades in reverse and used it to memorize the backward lyrics and melody, basically the same as learning a new song in a very foreign language. When I was a kid, a friend and I used to mess around with a reel-to-reel tape machine, essentially trying to do the same thing adn then recording ourselves. The results, when played back in reverse, often resulted in barely comprehensible English that had us lying on the floor and laughing.

Below you'll find a clip of Alex practicing the lyrics backwards. Out of curiosity, I took this video clip and reversed to hear how accurate he was, and although the words seemed nearly incomprehensible at first, on the second listen the chorus of Milkshaes & Razorblades emerged. Maybe I'll share the reversed version someday, but for now you'll just have to trust me that Alex is really singing the lyrics and melody backwards.

The band had a number of friends with them peforming in the video, along with members of other bands, a silver-painted Elvis, Liz Trinnear from MuchMusic, and Kardinal Offishall (feature vocals) dressed in a bear suit. The band performed the entire song backwards in pieces, while the people and actions around them all occurred normally.

One speciall effect in the video is a burning car, and this was partly accomplished by putting a huge smoke machine in the back of an early 90's Subaru. Even though the video production company had a permit for the location and special effect, it wasn't long after the car started "burning" before the fire department and police came rolling in. The road was shut down briefly while papers were inspected.

Check out some photos from the shoot. I haven't been given a date when the video will be released, but once it is, I'll be sure to let you know.

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