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Watch Ghost recreate the ‘horny pottery’ scene from Ghost for Valentine’s Day

Ghost V-Day Pottery
(Image credit: Ghost YouTube)

Valentine’s Day might well be a tacky, exploitative, marketing ploy dressing up frivolous, needless consumerism as ‘romance’, but come on, there are worse things in life than expressing love/lust via red roses, schmaltzy Hallmark cards and a table for two at Pizza Hut’s unlimited all-you-can-eat buffet. And even those with the most blackened, shrivelled hearts need affection now and again, as a new video message from Ghost reminds us.

To celebrate V-Day, the Satanic Swedish smoothies have shared an erotically-charged new video recreating that infamous (and much-parodied) ‘horny pottery’ scene from Jerry Zucker’s hugely successful romantic fantasy thriller Ghost, the highest-grossing film of 1990, and at the time of its release, the third-highest grossing film of all time, Wikipedia tells us, with Papa Nihil taking on the clay-fondling Patrick Swayze role. As in the original scene, Ghost’s take on this seminal cinematic moment is soundtracked by Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.

The 51-second clip cuts off before the er, climax, but the vision of Papa getting knuckle deep into that moist clay will surely linger long in all our memories, perhaps even forever.

Ghost are currently on a co-headlining tour of US arenas alongside Volbeat.

Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana), their new album, Impera, is set for release via Loma Vista on March 11: two singles from the album have already been released, Call Me Little Sunshine and Hunter’s Moon.

Ghost will launch their biggest ever European headline tour in April, kicking off the trek with four arena shows in the UK.

They will play:

Apr 09: Manchester AO Arena, UK
Apr 11: London O2 Arena, UK
Apr 13: Glasgow OVO Arena, UK
Apr 15: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK
Apr 17: Rotterdam RTM Stage Ahoy, HOL
Apr 18: Paris Accor Arena, FRA
Apr 19: Cologne Lanxess Arena, GER
April 21: Leipzig Quarterback Immobillen Arena, GER
Apr 22: Frankfurt Festhalle, GER
Apr 24: Prague Arena, CZE
Apr 27: Tampere Nokia Arena, FIN
Apr 29: Stockholm Avicii Arena, SWE
Apr 30: Oslo Spektrum, NOR

May 01: Malmo Arena, SWE
May 03: Brussells Forest, BEL
May 05: Milan Mediolanum Forum, ITA
May 07: Barcelona Olympic Arena Badalona, SPA
May 08: Madrid Vistalegre Arena, SPA
May 11: Vienna Stadthalle, AUS
May 13: Zurich Hallenstadion, SWI
May 15: Hanover Zag Arena, GER
May 16: Munich Olympiahalle, GER
May 18: Budapest Arena, HUN

Support on all shows comes from Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and TwinTemple.

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.