It's A Little Trippy
It is one of the most memorable songs of the year, so it's fitting that "Radioactive" would have a video that makes a major impression. And with cameos by Lou Diamond Phillips and lots o' puppets, how could it not?
Less than a minute in, we see our first indication that this video might just be a little kooky when the camera pans to Lou Diamond Phillips sitting in a huge rattan chair blowing smoke rings from a big ol' gnarly cigar while overseeing an undoubtedly illegal fighting ring. Tsk, tsk, tsk... what would Ritchie Valens say?
Well, now here's where it gets really weird. You listen to this song, and you hear what you imagine sounds like an Old World anthem — something primal and guttural. Something like... cage-fighting puppets?? Yep, those disheveled betters are tossing their Benjamins down for puppet-on-puppet violence.
So what does Phillips do with all of the puppets that lose while managing not to get dismembered by the rage-a-holic purple champion puppet? Enter the chute of doom. With a simple pull of a lever, Phillips banishes challengers to the dungeon. Although, for the record, we wouldn't mind being trapped in the clink with Imagine Dragons for a day or two.
Have you ever wondered what puppet boobs look like? Neither did we. But now that we've watched this video, the image will forever be imprinted in our brains, thanks to this brief — but memorable — visual of the strange purple puppet beating on his (hers?) man-puppet chesticles.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more strange, they do. After getting his fuzzy little pink a** handed to him, a sweet-looking teddy bear pulls out some crazy energy orb — a radioactive one, perhaps? — and smashes it into the champ's face. Never underestimate the power of a pink teddy.
Proving that big things come in small (pink) packages, the little bear defends himself when Phillips sends his cronies in to destroy the challenger. How does he fight them off, you ask? Oh, you know, just by shooting them with his searing, red X-ray vision of death.
The petite pink bear reigns supreme and, in the process, sends Phillips down his own chute of doom. And in a final moment of bizarre fate, the puppets he'd sent into the dark abyss of the dungeon rise — presumably to rip him limb from limb with their tiny plush puppet teeth.
Watch the full video here!