The first thing you should observe about the video for “Wolf
Like Me”—with its combination of silent-era cinema expressionism,
“Thriller”-era leather jackets, and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer”-era choppy animation—is how strange and incongruous it seems;
the second is how much sense that combination makes for a band whose
sound rolls a barbershop quartet, a dance-floor DJ, and the Pixies into
Of course, the fact that the video is fitting doesn’t mean
that it’s good, but it certainly does make it interesting to watch.
Rather than attempting to match the song’s fierce drive and energetic
melody—which would prove impossible for any director—Jon Watts offers
an irreverent take on its visceral lyrics of transformative regression.
We begin with a protagonist whose girlfriend is “not at all
like the other girls”—perhaps because she’s Canadian, or perhaps
because she bites him and turns him into a werewolf. We end in an
Edenic forest that allows the strange couple to live a blissfully nude
life with fellow werewolves. In between, we’re treated to some freaky
visuals, some funny ones, and not nearly enough nifty dancing from the
If this sounds a little bit like “Thriller,” well, it should:
the band is clearly referencing the milestone Michael Jackson video,
falling somewhere between pastiche and parody. The self-conscious (dare
I say postmodern?) cannibalism of such elements makes for an
interesting although not thoroughly engrossing video. While they can’t
match the King of Pop visually, they’re musically so far ahead of the
curve that it doesn’t matter.