Interview: Panic! At The Disco Gets Dark, Channels Kanye West on New Album
“There were some different influences this time around,” Panic! At The Disco singer Brendon Urie explained of their new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! “From pop, with Depeche Mode and a-ha and stuff like that. Even some drum parts that were [from] XTC and Toto. Stuff like that, it just kind of jumped around. But a lot of the production with synths and making electronic beats were inspired by hip-hop.”
Of course, for a band who have historically worn their influences on their sleeves, they would do just that again. But Panic! At The Disco proved how massive their consumption of pop culture must be in the course of one interview — half the time their references were the answers to the questions Radio.com posed. So if what you like is what you’re like, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! may well be their 808s and Heartbreak. “The way hip-hop has…gone from ‘look at all the stuff I have’ — which it still does, it has its moments in its roots in doing that — …[to] getting just raw and confessional: that’s something that we started doing a little bit more,” Urie said. “The lyrics for [our lead single] ‘Miss Jackson’ were inspired by something that I actually went through, that I experienced and had something done to me as well that made me see myself in a new light.”
The video, shot outside of Barstow, Calif. (which is saying something because Barstow is already outside of nowhere) and co-starring Katrina Bowden of 30 Rock, captures the sense of seedy, dirty songs about love that Panic! At The Disco are specializing in with this album — and turning into dance jams. Urie gets his catharsis quite literally when he chops off the the head of the showgirl played by Bowden.