An epic song deserves an epic music video, even 48 years later.
A clip set to the music of rock icon Bob Dylan's 1965 hit "Like A Rolling Stone" has been released and goes beyond your typical lip-synching and dancing. If you don't like what you see, you can change the channel -- no, really.
The video is made to look like a TV set and is interactive. The viewer can flip through 16 channels that feature programs and parodies of shows, but with their real stars -- such as Drew Carey on a syndicated episode of "The Price Is Right" or "Maron" comedian and actor Marc Maron podcasting. The actors mouth the lyrics of Dylan's song.
"Being part of this was fun! Thanks @bobdylan!" Maron tweeted on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Other scenes show the stars of the reality show "Pawn Stars" and spoof English-language TV news report -- which actually shows a Hebrew-language one with Israel's Channel 2 anchor Danny Kushmaro and a dating show reminicent of ABC's "The Bachelor." Dylan is also seen himself, performing the song.
The video was directed by Vania Heymann, who told Mashable: "I'm using the medium of television to look back right at us -- you're flipping yourself to death with switching channels [in real life]."
The clip is a product of Pulse Films, Walter Pictures and Israeli company Interlude, headed by CEO and musician Yoni Bloch. The firm also produced the Queens of the Stone Age video "The Vampyre of Time and Memory."
Bloch spoke to the Israeli news web site Ynet about the heyday of music videos on television, which took place in the 1980s and 1990s, and recalled how he used to watch MTV and wait for his favorite videos to come on. He said his brother, who is 11 years younger than him, "doesn't understand MTV" and turns to YouTube instead.
"But [music videos] still have a place," he told the outlet.
Dylan's new video comes amid the recent release of his new CD box set, "The Complete Album Collection Volume 1," which includes 35 studio records and six live albums.