Hedwig legend John Cameron Mitchell premiered a trippy new music video for “New American Dream,” the title track to his upcoming benefit album, on Tuesday.
In it, Senator Mitch McConnell eats Donald Trump‘s head and vomits it out.
The music video also showcases an image of Pepe the Frog with the Washington Monument cutting its face in two — then the landmark quickly turns into an ejaculating penis, of course. Though the actual music might be relatively kooky and unassuming, Mitchell’s lyrics are suitably morbid and full of references to “golden vomit” and “the weak one’s living flesh.”
Proceeds from the album will be given to Burritos Not Bombs, Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Projectand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund.
Says Mitchell in a statement on Bandcamp:
“’New American Dream’ is a lockdown-inspired remotely organized platonic musical orgy. The idea started in March during self-isolation in a 100-year-old stone hut near Palm Springs. I encouraged screen/songwriter Our Lady J to send me a piano track over which I wrote the melody/lyrics to ‘See You Again,’ a tribute to the homeless during the pandemic. It went so well that I reached out to a variety of musical friends who sent me their own tracks that I could write to.
He then noted that the album was intended to help a sincerely wholesome cause and was a collaborative effort.
“I even contacted a stranger in the South of France on Instagram, Izae, because I liked his cover of a Hedwig song and we ended up writing two songs on the album,” Mitchell said in the Bandcamp statement. “Like the old story about the Stone Soup where strangers throw whatever food item they possessed into a communal pot, old friends and new donated vocals, overdubs, mixing, mastering, video production, art and publicity. Soon I realized we had a double album that could benefit the various charities that I’ve been helping through this dark time with Hedwig merch sales. It’s been such a comfort to us and we hope others will feel it too and add to the pot for the benefit of those in need.”
Check out the “New American Dream” music video below: