So K had given me a copy of the famous Velvet Underground album with Warhol’s banana on the cover. I was playing it on high-rotation in my car. This was a re-release of the original album and included an additional song – ‘Heroin’. I was singing along all the time, imagining melodies that Lou Reed never bothered to pursue, then I had this thought: a video installation of a job interview in which all of the interviewee responses are drawn from the song:
Why have you applied for this job?
I have made big decision.
I’m gonna try to nullify my life.
So where do you see your career heading?
I don’t know just where I’m going.
But I’m gonna try for the kingdom, if I can
‘Cause it makes me feel like I’m a man.
And so what skills do you bring to this position?
I guess I just don’t know.
Oh, and I guess I just don’t know.
Can you work effectively in a team environment?
I really don’t care anymore
About all the Jim-Jims in this town
And all the politicians making crazy sounds
And everybody putting everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds.
This job involves some travel – are you ok with that?
I wish that I’d sailed the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship.
Going from this land here to that
In a sailor’s suit and cap.
Do you have any questions for us?
You can’t help me now, you guys
And all you sweet girls with all your sweet talk.
You can all go take a walk.