"Having fallen in love with the early films of indie New York film-maker Hal Hartley, who had dance routines set to Sonic Youth tracks to his coolly literate movies, we decided he’d be great to work with him, and so Ben faxed him and asked if he’d be interested in making a video for "The Only Living Boy In New York". He got straight back in touch expressing his enthusiasm, but with two caveats attached that were never going to endear him to the records compagny :
1. He had never made a pop video before, nor had he ever wanted to; 2. He could not in all conscience film a lyp-synched vocal performance, so there would be not shots of us singing in the video.
I thought that was all fine. WEA blew their stack, but for once we brazened it out […] With a cast of actors dressed up as ‘poet-thug’ characters, we filmed a kind of hammed-up, choreographed performance of the song without ever opening our mouths. It was the first video we’d made and liked since about 1985.”