Pancake Mountain has returned with a brand new musical sketch featuring one of today's biggest rock stars, Kelli Mayo of Skating Polly. The fun song and dance number is all about washing a dirty dog, and should be enough to take your mind off the gloom and doom just beyond the window if only for a few moments.
Like most of the world, Kelli Mayo is on a break from her job, which happens to be playing in her 'ugly pop' band Skating Polly, and she appears to be away from her bandmates and siblings Curtis Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. The trio is separated during this time of self-isolation and stay-at-home orders across America. That hasn't stopped Kelli Mayo from getting a little creative with this catchy side project.
In the video, Kelli Mayo appears as new superhero Pancake Polly along with Pancake Mountain mascot Rufus, who is about to get a bath. Rufus is very much against getting bathed, so they decided to do a music video instead, which is where Kelli Polly, Pancake Polly's rocking alter ego, comes into play. Kelli Polly had this to say about the song and the music video.
For anyone who's interested...Lil passion project whilst separated from Pey and Kurtis."
Scott Stuckey of Pancake Mountain, who appears in the video, is actually one of the masterminds behind the song. He had this to say about the music and how it was made while in quarantine, taking measures to stay safe.
"Dirty Dog: An unfinished song Vic Chesnutt and I started working on in 1995 that Kelli Mayo and i recently revisited while in quarantine. We weren't sure we could do it, especially the video, but in true Pancake Mountain spirit we started on a Quixotic adventure. We recorded the song in a bedroom. We built and painted flats at Evidence, We wrote a script, made costumes, choreographed dance moves and filmed and edited the whole thing in a few days."
"For a second everything seemed right in the world. I hope people try to find bright spots in these bleak days. I've noticed negative comments from people displaying art created amidst this chaos and thought twice about posting, but all this anxiety and uncertainty in the world can be a valuable time for self reflection and creativity. Stay safe and continue to create. The dancing dogs were filmed before the shelter in place with mask. We had helping hands from a safe distance from Van Corona, graphics from Brad Lambert, Betsy Wright added electric guitar, Molly and Mor for breaking a move, and moral support from Marcin Nalolny. Thank you!"
For those not in the know, Pancake Mountain is a hugely popular online alt-rock guerrilla kids' dance party forged in the crucible of Washington, D.C. cable-access television. It is a children's television show created by filmmaker Scott Stuckey, who appears along with Kelli Mayo in the video.
Skating Polly most recently released a Japanese version of their smash hit album The Make It All Show, which features 2 new tracks, including a cover of a Madonna song. Those two new tracks are now available on iTunes. The trio were touring at the beginning of the year, and celebrated their 10 year anniversary as a band this past October on Halloween Night.
They most recently appeared at Sundance, where they performed live during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony, marking one of their final gigs before heading into quarantine. They have the song 'A Little Late' included on the soundtrack of Vigo Mortensen's directorial debut Falling. Vigo and the band go way back, as Mortensen's ex-wife is Exene from the band X, who helped shepherd the band in their early days and continues to be a strong supporter. Vigo and Exene's son Henry is currently making a documentary about the band that should see the light sometime in the near future, though when is anyone's guess at this point.
Pancake Mountain has featured plenty of singers, musicians and rock band in its 16 year existence. St. Vincent showed up on the show two months ago, with X, Alice Bag, Starcrawler, Gerard Way, Henry Rollins and Garbage among those having participated.
Skating Polly is currently working on their follow up album to the Make It All Show. With the band apart, and no end in sight for this stay-at-home business, there is no telling when they'll all be able to get back together. But we anxiously await their new album. You can watch Vigo Mortensen introduce the band at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Awards in the video below. They come in right at the beginning.