Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox
By Prim; 28.5.15
Courtney Barnett’s video for Dead Fox is a scream, if not for the fag-smoking fox at the wheel or her own spookily animated likeness but as a screeching yell to the corporate pesticide pumpers hell-bent on plying road before rail.
From her debut album Sometimes I Sit, And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, out on Milk!, Marathon Artists and Mom + Pop, which came out in March; directors Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge capture her lyrics on the plight of Australia’s native animals at the hands of road construction around her native Melbourne with teasing accuracy.
‘A possum Jackson Polluck is painted in the tar’ seems to be just one victim of the Aussies universal pest, the fox, depicted by one particular haulage company Linfox… but who are we to say…
Either way, it’s a cracking tune, delivered in her no-holds-barred Patti Smith meets Suzie Q-esque way with a dribbling hint of Kate Tempest poetry thrown in for good measure.