Sound mir­rors ‘spray painted’ in mu­sic video

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Chris Denham cden­ham@thek­m­

A RELIC of Bri­tain’s early aerial de­fences is shown be­ing “de­faced” in a mu­sic video re­leased last week. Just when Dun­geness thought it was safe from mu­sic pro­mos, The Prodigy chose the lo­ca­tion to pro­mote their lat­est tune In­vaders Must Die. The black and white promo fea­tures Doc­tor Who and Kidult­hood star Noel Clarke wan­der­ing about the area im­pos­ing The Prodigy’s ant logo on var­i­ous things he finds, in­clud­ing old fish­er­men’s equip­ment and most notably the sound mir­rors. The “van­dal­ism”, us­ing spray paint, is not done for real but su­per­im­posed and Clarke is later shown be­ing ar­rested. The con­crete sound mir­rors were in­vented to give ad­vance warn­ing of Ger­man bombers, as they mag­ni­fied the drone of the planes’ en­gines. They were usurped by radar be­fore they could prove their worth but re­main an im­pos­ing memo­rial. The promo for In­vaders Must Die also fea­tures Clarke stand­ing on Red Sands fort out in the Thames Es­tu­ary off Whit­stable, com­plete with the gi­ant ant logo. It has not proved pop­u­lar on the in­ter­net, with com­ments in­clud­ing “lame” and “bor­ing”, al­though the track it­self has at­tracted favourable com­ment. Among other mu­si­cians to have taken ad­van­tage of Dun­geness’s oth­er­worldly feel are Roots Manuva, whose al­bum cover Run, Come Save Me, fea­tured the area, al­beit ob­scurely, on its cover, and the Light­house Fam­ily, who used the Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church Rail­way’s level cross­ing lights for an al­bum.

Doc­tor Who star Noel Clarke has been in Dun­geness film­ing a mu­sic video for The Prodigy

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