Friday, August 06, 2004

Thank you, Michael Moore: Local band strikes chord with anti-war video

by Nicole Girard
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 7, 2004 12:00 AM

Chronic Future guitarist Ben Collins says he has Michael Moore to thank for the success of the Scottsdale band's anti-war music video.

The politically minded rap-rock quartet was unaware of Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 when it began producing the controversial cartoon, which occupied the 11th spot on MTV's most-requested videos this week.

"I think we got very lucky with the timing of the movie," Collins says. "When the media saw that there was money to be made on the effort against the war, I think that makes it easier to get your video across to people like Viacom, the people that run MTV."

The video for Time and Time Again opens with an animated Chronic Future practicing in a garage. It follows lead singer Mike Busse being shipped off to war in Iraq. He returns a decorated soldier after being wounded by a car bomb.

"It's the story of a kid that is just trying to do the right thing that becomes disenchanted by what he sees over there," Collins says.

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