Texas-based alternative rocker, Ryan Hamilton, seems to have fun demonstrating the inherent nature of badgers (literally) with the music video for his latest single “A$$HOLE.”
If anyone just had flashbacks to the viral video “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger” and the hilarious trademark catchphrase “honey badger don’t give a shit”, you are not alone. Now, it’s notable that Hamilton enlists a regular badger instead of going for internet gold, but the effect is relatively the same as we watch this chunky boi wiggle, bite, scratch, and dig his way through the music video.
Between shots of Hamilton’s band on stage and quaint kinetic portraits of him side-by-side with the badger and his wrangler, it’s clear that our boi is the song’s fall guy. The titular asshole who truly does not give a shit about Ryan or this music video, let alone anything else.
About the video’s special guest, Ryan says, “It’s not every day you shoot a music video with a badger! Why a badger? Because badgers are assholes. They’re adorable assholes. Haha. So proud of this song. The self-sabotaging title will keep it off most radio stations… which is a shame, because it deserves to be a big hit.”
As the humorous opener for Hamilton’s EP Haunted By The Holy Ghost, this video shows him and the band at their most charming despite any vulgar language. “I don’t wanna be an asshole… nah…” he sings at the end of the chorus. A solid tune about the struggles of constantly trying to be a better person.
“A$$HOLE” and the rest of Haunted By The Holy Ghost are available now on major streaming platforms.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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