The National team up with John Slattery from 'Mad Men' in new video: Watch it here

It’s not easy to make an entertaining video when you’re an acclaimed-but-mopey indie band, more known for inducing introspective lethargy than turning frowns upside down. With that in mind, the “Conversation 16″ music video from The National, starring Mad Men‘s John Slattery and Daily Show contributor Kristen Schaal, is a real achievement.

It’s also not often that such a self-loathing song (sample lyric: “I tell you miserable things after you are asleep”) is accompanied by visual gags like a female president packing a teddy with a presidential seal on it (and we’re not talking Beanie Babies). Watch it here:

Slattery plays a secret service agent who harbors courtly love for his commander-in-chief, played by Schaal (who also plays the Conchords’ lone stalker on Flight of the Conchords). After all his womanizing on Mad Men, it’s nice to see the face of Roger Sterling pining respectfully for a woman. Even though the object of his affection seems more interested in the contortionist, bear-man-wrestling leader of some Eastern European country.

You can read EW’s review of High Violet—the album “Conversation 16″ was taken from—here.

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  • daviddavid

    Great song; great video; oddly comforting … great to see Slattery … between this and his Buick commercials and The Bureau movie, it’s almost like MAD MEN in back on!!!!

  • Lev

    I love The National and the song, but that was just stupid.

  • Hule

    Cool video. I’m glad The National have a sense of humor. I hope their fans do, too…

  • crispy

    Horrid. I couldn’t even make a minute through that (and I adore this song). The video is beyond stupid and doesn’t work with the song whatsoever. Did The National lose a bet?

  • Jonesy

    Awful song..just a sad waste of Kristin and John’s talent…they need to fire their agent fast..
    Makes the Flight of the Conchords guys look like/sound like the Beatles..Morrisey please phone these guys and tell them how its done.

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