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Potpourri of Pearls Celebrate the Bad Boy In ‘Boyfriend’ Video

On March 26, 1997, the day Potpourri of Pearls singer Adam Chad Brody turned 14, authorities found the bodies of 39 members of Heaven’s Gate, the San Diego religious cult whose leader, Marshall Applewhite, convinced followers to kill themselves in hopes of reaching a spaceship trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet. It must have been a memorable day for young Brody, because all these years later, PoP are prepping ‘We Went to Heaven,’ an album inspired by the mass suicide. Today, MTV Hive premiered the video for ‘Boyfriend,’ and while neither the song nor the clip are about religious fanaticism turning deadly, both are loaded with sinister imagery.

“[The song is a] soap opera bad boyfriend narrative: You want him, want to save him, but he will destroy himself and take you down with him,” Brody, who studied film at UCLA and handled direction himself, told MTV. “The bad boyfriend always brings flowers, but they are on fire. They are still beautiful but they are dangerous — just like his madness.”

That explains all the burning flowers, which along with the close-ups of Brody’s garishly glossy red lips, provide a striking visual accompaniment for PoP’s evocative synth-pop gem. ‘We Went to Heaven’ drops Feb. 11 — just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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