Incubus Release Banned Video, Prepare For Next Band Video

By | November 17, 2001 at 12:00 AM

If you’re not able to catch one of the airings of the 60-minute Incubus studio concert, “Morning View Sessions,” on MTV or MTV2, you’ll still be able to pick it up in stores come February. The concert will be part of a DVD that will also include band interviews, backstage footage and the original version of the video “Wish You Were Here” from the band’s new album, Morning View.

The original video depicts vocalist Brandon Boyd running across a bridge being chased by a crowd of fans, and escaping them by climbing over the railing and jumping into the water, where he swims with a mermaid. Unfortunately, the footage of Boyd and the crowd running looks eerily similar to the news footage of people running from the giant dust cloud when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11. The band ended up shooting the substitute clip, which shows Incubus playing in a studio against a white backdrop interspersed with home movies of the band.  

“In the original video, we were emulating a scene from the movie ‘Head’ by the Monkees,” Boyd said recently. “[In the movie] there were thousands of screaming women and Army people, cops, clowns and photographers chasing the Monkees off this bridge. The only [thing they can do] is jump. We [shot a scene where we’re] running away from these people. That part was [deemed] inappropriate – screaming girls, screaming people. Then, our only place to go is to leap off this bridge, and it shows us descending and smacking into the water. Which, before the whole thing happened, we had a great laugh with.”

A spokesperson at the band’s label said the original “Wish You Were Here” won’t be distributed to video channels, though it can be seen in streaming video on the band’s Web site (

Incubus will shoot their next video, “Nice to Know You,” on November 28 in San Diego at UCSD’s Rimac Arena. Jeb Brien will direct.

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