The rent is too damn high in Morning Glory’s new video

The man, the myth, the meme, the music video.


Published May 16, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 7:29 am CDT

Remember Jimmy McMillan? You know, the “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy? Well, we may not hear as much about him these days but that doesn’t mean the rent isn’t still too damn high. It is. So high in fact that New York punks Morning Glory are forced to use a cardboard box as a practice space.

Check out the band’s video for “Punx Not Dead, I Am” below, featuring out a cameo by McMillan himself, who apparently wasn’t even supposed to be in the video originally according to Morning Glory frontman Ezra Kire:

“In a complete twist of chance, I ran into Jimmy McMillan on the street and he decided he wanted to be in on it too. I thought he’d just come out for an hour, do a quick cameo, and leave. Instead, he stuck around the entire day flashing everyone the devil horns. Since we weren’t really supposed to be shooting this vid at all, we did the whole thing in under 12 hours.”

Very shocking that Jimmy had 12 hours free in his very busy schedule to devote to this. But when you run into someone with the celebrity starpower of Jimmy McMillan, obviously you put him in your video. The song is from the band’s album War Psalms which came out earlier this year from Fat Wreck. They’ve got a few dates coming up in the UK and Canada, including a stop at Pouzza Fest. Check them out and maybe buy some merch because seriously, the rent is too damn high.

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*First Published: May 16, 2014, 8:00 am CDT