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The Foo Fighters debuted a music video for the lead single from their seventh studio album Wasting Light on MTV Thursday. The performance-based clip, directed by frontman Dave Grohl, was shot entirely on VHS tape.
“We shot the video ... in a big soundstage in Los Angeles,” Grohl told MTV News. “And we had to build this cube out of fabric and wood for the band to play within, and it’s lit from outside.”
The music video for “Rope” features the band members dressed in black in a cube-like white room as handheld cameras follow their every move. Flashing orange lights eventually make their way into the clip during a guitar solo, creating a Technicolor disco atmosphere, according to Spin Magazine.
The video was shot entirely in VHS to generate a grainy, do-it-yourself appearance. “Rope” resembles the era of early music videos with its reliance on performance of the music rather than visually appealing special effects.
The lead single off Wasting Light is experiencing an impressive amount of commercial success, as it retained its position atop Billboard’s Rock Songs chart this week.
“Rope” also sits at No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 6 on the Active Rock chart.
You can watch the Foo Fighters’ music video for “Rope” after the jump, courtesy of MTV.