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Jack Riley: OK GO release new video, a tired internet sighs

Stop motion animation and the music video has always felt like a marriage made in artistic heaven. Deliberately and endearingly homemade-looking videos have been around for a while (Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing and Oren Lavie’s Her Morning Elegance might well be the best recent examples), but if there’s going to be one surefire mainstream hit from the genre it’s OK GO’s latest effort.

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Andrew Martin: Am I odd? I only <i>quite</i> like Marmite

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Serves 1 (just multiply the amounts according to how many are eating)
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