On Our Radar: The incomparable Lana Del Rey towers above the rest of us in the video for "Doin' Time"
How goddamn great is Lana Del Rey?
Well let's just say that it's not everyone who can spend the night sleeping outside in an abandoned Los Angeles culvert, and then wake up looking she stepped off a '70s film-noir movie set.
In a wickedly-clever updating of the classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, the video for "Doin' Time"—originally penned by Sublime—starts with Del Rey uprooting a palm tree like it's a dandelion. She then proceeds to casually stroll through the streets of L.A., climb over a busy highway overpass like it's about two feet high, and eventually ending up on the shores of Venice Beach.
That's when things get truly trippy, with the action shifting to a '50s drive-in that would bring a lump to the pants of John Waters. One minute a life-sized Del Rey is in a blonde wig and hot pants, the next she's an Amazon stepping off the screen to unleash her inner Nancy Fowler Archer.
Almost as incredible as the video by director Rich Lee is the fact that Del Rey has somehow taken a reggae-punk classic by Sublime and made it her haunting own thing.
The song is from the singer's new full-length Norman Fucking Rockwell, which hits finer record shops today.
Lana Del Rey plays Vancouver's Rogers Arena on September 30.