Erykah Badu's naked video: Musicians who bare all
A still from Matt & Kim's music video "Lessons Learned." (Screen grab)
Matt and Kim: The dance-pop duo inspired Badu with their 2009 "Lessons Learned" video, where they stripped in Times Square. Cops arrived; directors talked their way out of it.
Creating art means revealing yourself. Sometimes all of yourself. In public. And hoping the cops aren't around. Erykah Badu got lucky when she stripped nude in downtown Dallas to make the new video for "Window Seat." But when it hit the Web last week, police cited the Texas native for disorderly conduct. She faces a fine of up to $500. Other musicians who've bared all for their craft:
Alanis Morissette: Walked naked on downtown L.A. streets for her 1998 "Thank U" video . . . but it was closed for the shoot, and she wore patches on her lady parts in compliance with the law.
Billie Joe Armstrong: The Green Day frontman mooned a Milwaukee audience in 1995 and was arrested for indecent exposure, but charges were dropped.
Jim Morrison: Arrested in 1969 for allegedly exposing himself as the Doors played Miami. Charges dropped when prosecutors couldn't find photos or testifying witnesses. (Pre-camera-phone era!)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Posed full-frontal for the 1968 "Two Virgins" album cover. Newark police seized 30,000 copies, but the FBI later deemed it did not qualify as obscenity.
The Reliable Source
April 5, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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