Pain – Call Me (feat. Joakim Brodén of Sabaton): A Video Breakdown


On the line/Call me, call me anytime.

Sweden’s Pain have been around since 1996, but it’s taken about 20 years for me to notice them. That might be due to having one of the most generic band names in the history of bands. How many times do you think members of the band had this conversation:

Rando: What’s the name of your band?
Band Member: Pain.
Rando: …
Band Member: …
Rando: Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were finished.

With their eighth studio album on the way, Pain have recently released a new music video which features guest vocals from Sabaton‘s Joakin Brodén andohholymotherofgod this video shows the band as nightmare-inducing puppets.

0:01: Cocaine explosion provided by the 1980s.
0:07: (labored breathing intensifies)
0:13: Actual candy for his nose.
0:17: Subtle.
0:28: Oh, they’re the band? I thought they were the newest tool in fighting sleep.
0:34: The aftermath of Martin Shkreli jerking off.
0:40: I’m really curious as to what those people in the audience were thinking when this was being filmed.
0:46: Were they enjoying themselves?
0:51: Were they being held against their will by these omnipotent puppet monsters?
0:56: They don’t call him “Uncle Touchy” for nothing.
1:02: You just know he’s done that to the puppets too.
1:09: An adult must be present while this video is playing.
1:14: Day-Glo Hello!
1:20: Another satisfied Checkers customer.
1:30: This is the strongest case against drugs ever.
1:38: Seriously, they should replace the D.A.R.E. Program with just this video.
1:46: Puppet Joakim is the most normal thing about this.
1:54: I guess this video isn’t that bad.
2:03: I think Puppet Joakim just implied that he was going to bang those ladies.
2:05: Possibly with his little felt wiener.
2:11: This is what Ted Cruz sees when he shuts his eyes.
2:22: Synchronized hand movements was what this needed.
2:31: Okay, now this video is ridiculous.
2:36: SUBTLE.
2:47: Wolverine looks good with makeup.
2:54: Winter at Ozzy’s house.
2:57: Oh no. Nononononononononono.
3:04: Tastes like burning.
3:13: We’re now at Level 10 Nauseousness.
3:20: I can practically feel the syphilis oozing through the screen.
3:33: Best cake ever!
3:40: They even gave that puppet awful tattoos. That’s commitment to you craft.
3:47: Sure, why not?
3:55: From the Chris Farley School of Dance.
4:03: Would this be better or worse than the Dio hologram to see live?
4:11: I hope that puddle isn’t what I think it is.

Pain’s album Coming Home comes out on September 9th via Nuclear Blast.

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  • Did… did they intend to rip off Christina Aguilera?

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    it’ about time someone brought the caricature puppets back to music videos

  • Howard Dean
  • JWEG

    Thoughts in roughly the order they came to me:

    – My favourite possessed-doll film is the one simply-as-possible-titled “Dolls”

    – Based on the still frame showing didn’t that OoWaAhAh guy do a video with identical puppets? Is this made by the same effects team?

    (literally just had a Senior Moment there. I could see his face, but his name was a blank other than “Howie Mandel-looking Guy”)

    – I still have no impulse to even press play

    – This breakdown failed to make a “Call Me Maybe” joke. I’m only pointing that out, though. No judgment.

  • tertius_decimus

    I’ve stopped my beautiful Taipuva Luotisuora for this shit! Away! Go away and get lost into filthy sewage labirynths!

    [flushes professional patriots into the sewage void as well]

  • tertius_decimus

    This is old. Does anyone remember this Nike ad?

  • 🙁 This is scary in not a good way.

    I like Hypocrisy melodeath, but I still don’t know why Peter Tägtren is doing this band. Maybe it gets more moneyz?

    • tertius_decimus

      Please, explain, how to make money from making such a crap? Who are those select über-menschen devoid of taste who buy this?

    • Ayreonaut

      I love hypocrisy as well. But tagtren is good at getting himself into some wierd things.

  • Hans Gruber

    Sorry, made it to the chorus, then abandoned the whole thing. Thanks anyway, at least I am now sure I can go on ignoring this band.

    **NO REGRETS**

  • Waynecro

    You know, I went to the Chris Farley School of Dance. But when I got sober and lost a bunch of weight, they expelled me.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan


  • Temperus Maximus
    • Welcome to the Toilet, bud!


      • Temperus Maximus

        Cheers GL! Though I’ve commented here before, I just phase in and out of excistense. Life’n’shit….

  • Abradolf Lincler

    i mean . . . it was good until that opening riff ended. not a bad riff and i like dat white bitch from time to time. the rest of the song . . . ouch

    • Abradolf Lincler

      OT: still getting the last things out of the apartment and moving in. moving is a giant motherfucker

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm
  • CT-12

    Just got my preorder today; after one listen this album has already fucking slayed me dudez.

  • BobLoblaw

    New Ulcerate track up on spotify.