Heath Ledger's music videos come to light

Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:05pm EDT
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By David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Two music videos that represent actor Heath Ledger's last directorial work before his death in January 2008 will be released this year.

Modest Mouse plans to release the animated video for "King Rat," a bonus track from the band's 2007 "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," Billboard has confirmed. The news was first reported by Spin magazine on its Web site. A video for Grace Woodroofe's cover of David Bowie's "Quicksand" is also set for release this year, along with her Ben Harper-produced debut album, the L.A. Weekly reports.

The Oscar-winning actor directed "King Rat" for Modest Mouse after meeting singer Isaac Brock in Australia.

"Heath and I have a mutual friend, and when we were in Australia, my fiance and some of us in the band went out on a boat with him and his family and friends and talked about the idea," Brock told VH1 in a 2007 interview. "The idea sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it."

The video is animated by director and illustrator Daniel Auber, a member of Ledger's art collective the Massive.

Modest Mouse wrapped its most recent tour last weekend in New York at Terminal 5. The band will perform the song "Satellite Skin" on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday (March 18).

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Heath Ledger poses during a photocall at the 56th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in this February 15, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files</p>