Watch: Ai Weiwei's metal video

Ai Weiwei's moves into metal begin with a music video showing his torture and detention

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When dissident artist, joker and Dazed coverstar Ai Weiwei was asked on Google+ about his run-ins with the Chinese authorities, he said it was because he was a "suspected pornography enthusiast and tax evader"

He was refering to the 81 days he spent detetained after being grabbed by police at an airport. For weeks, literally no-one (outside of the regime) knew where he was. Yesterday morning Chinese-time, he set live a video showing his oppressors torturing and confining him to a pop-metal soundtrack. 

"Dumbass" is the first single from his six-song debut album with musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou The Divine Comedy, out on June 22, the two-year anniversery of his release from prison. In an interview with the New York Times, Ai said:

“It’s about the whole condition. It’s not really about me. I think it’s about how the power of the state tries to manage and maintain this kind of control ... [What's up with those fantasies in the video?] Those soldiers secretly asked me about sex and about different things. They are like prisoners in there. They never can leave the building. And they don’t know what’s going on."

If you'd like to sing along in English, here are the lyrics:

When you're ready to strike, he mumbles about non-violence.
When you pinch his ear, he says it's no cure for diarrhea.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.

Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!

Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala
Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala

Stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.

You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
The field is full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.

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