Courtney Barnett Recruits All-Star Cast for “Elevator Operator” Video

Australian superstar and Grammy-nominated rocker Courtney Barnett has released a cracker of a video today for her hit single Elevator Operator. Taken from her debut studio album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, it was one of the most-loved tracks on that record and helped her to BRIT and Grammy nominations and a swag of ARIAs.

Courtney also happens to have a huge swathe of friends in the music and arts, and she’s enlisted the services of a whole lot of them in this latest video. Directed by Sunny Leunig, it features Barnett as a world-beaten elevator operator having to deal with an assortment of oddball people using her lift. Have a watch and see if you can spot them all:

Get ‘em all? While Courtney might remain deadpan and bored in their presence, you probably didn’t miss folks like Sleater-Kinney, Tim Rogers, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), The Drones, Paul Kelly ten-pin bowling or a very punk rock looking Magda Szubanski, but you may have missed other stars like Camp Cope, Fraser A. Gorman, Jen Cloher, Jo Syme (of Big Scary), director Sunny Leunig himself (and his famous cartoonist father Michael Leunig) among an extensive list of others.

Courtney eventually escapes all the madness going on in and around her elevator, making it to the rooftop and jamming out the rest of the song with her bandmates to finish it off. It’s one that will quickly go into consideration for video of the year.

The full list of guests, in order of appearance are as follows:

Glory! Bangs
Courtney Barnett
Bones Sloane & Dave Mudie
Magda Szubanski
Tim Rogers
The Finks
The Drones
Garret and Will Huxley, Gabi Barton
Sunny Leunig
Vincent Juggernaut
Tain Stangret
Izzi Goldman and John
Nicholas & Thea Jones
Loose Tooth
Camp Cope
Jo Syme (Big Scary)
East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Paul Kelly
Michael Leunig
Meaghan Weiley, Jess Tyler, Thommy Taranto (Milk! Records)
Jen Cloher
Fraser A. Gorman
Ouch My Face
Marni Kornhauser & Radar Rad

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out now via Milk Records/Remote Control Records.

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