The Last Tycoon releases new video for “Happy Family” off highly anticipated new album, Oppenheimer Blues
Musician and film producer John Gladwin’s film chops meet his passion for music for his latest project, The Last Tycoon. After accepting an assignment for a CBS sci-fil pilot near Albuquerque, Gladwin found inspiration in the history and local culture — especially as it pertains to the Atomic Age of the 1960s. Channeling the mysterious and mundane experiences of the people he met, Gladwin crafted the 11 songs on Oppenheimer Blues — as well as some incredible videos including “Happy Family”.
“The video is a homage to the silent movie era when a look and a title card could tell the story,” says Gladwin, “It starts as a comedic meet-cute between a couple, then their domestic bliss takes a darker turn. We restricted ourselves to camera movements that only could happen in that era of filmmaking. Like the record itself, it͛s a dark comedy with a happy little tune.”
“I’m not a huge fan of the power-ballad love song. Instead of a song saying exactly what it means, I͛m more interested when a song͛s real meaning is in the space between the lines. “Happy Family” is a love song on the surface, but you quickly see it͛s a duet between two people who are frustrated with each other. There͛s humor, anger and love all rolled into one here. Tolstoy said, ͞Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unique in its own way, and I tend to agree.”