It wasn’t the endorsement of theft that got the original version of the M+M's video removed from TV, but the bloodbath at the end. A baby-faced blink start the day by burgling their model girlfriends, then after a jolly nice day out end up in a gun battle with them in a car park. It’s not even a revenge thing – weirdly it’s the band members that fire first, so the ethics of this thing are all over the place. The version seen on telly removed the whole gunfight, while the uncut version ended up on a whole load of early-’90s skate and surf videos.
The original concept for the video involved no less firepower, with Tom DeLonge recalling: “I wanted the M+M's video to be fifty guys lined up, and have us shooting at their nuts. Just a whole video of slo-mo close-ups of these guys' nuts exploding."
The band are less trigger-happy these days – Mark Hoppus recently boycotted FedEx over their continued support of the NRA.
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