The Story Behind the "Monkeys for Uncles" Video
Wed., Apr. 3. 2013 1:59pm EDT
The appearance of our "Monkeys for Uncles" video may seem abrupt, but it's actually something we've had in mind since we first released the song in November 2011.
We knew it would require a lot of work, because we wanted to spoof the classic "Money for Nothing" video, which features quite a bit of animation.
Our videographer from the 20:20 Video DVD, Brent Urmey, shot the live footage for it last August (with us in costume) before our 20th anniversary show. He was going to get a friend who specializes in animation to provide that part, but the friend's schedule got very busy.
That didn't stop God from providing. In January, we got a DVD in the mail from Jalon Rairdon, a 19-year-old fan in Minnesota who has been listening to us since he was five.
Jalon attached a letter explaining that he'd been experimenting with video animation and had decided "Monkeys for Uncles" would be a good first project for him.
He donated his finished project to us as a gift. As he said in his note, all he needed was live footage to match the original video's live footage. He had no idea that we had already shot the live footage and just needed the animation.
In the time since, Jalon and Brent have worked together to bring this project to fruition. And we praise God for both of them. We think they did a fabulous job, and it was a true labor of love for both of them.