The Mountain Goats’ Chavo Guerrero video with Rob Corddry and the real Chavo is wonderful.

The Mountain Goats’ New Music Video Is a Goofy, Wonderful Tribute to ’70s Pro Wrestling

The Mountain Goats’ New Music Video Is a Goofy, Wonderful Tribute to ’70s Pro Wrestling

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May 21 2015 10:30 AM

The Mountain Goats’ New Music Video Is a Goofy, Wonderful Tribute to ’70s Pro Wrestling

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When the Mountain Goats released their first single from Beat the Champ, “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero,” back in January, I called it “deceptively cheerful.” But there’s nothing deceptive about the cheerfulness in the newly released music video for “Chavo Guerrero”—it’s pure, nostalgic fun.

Rob Corddry guest stars in this madcap tribute to the manufactured drama of 1970s televised professional wrestling, which also features a cameo from the real Chavo Guerrero. Everyone in this video is clearly having a great time, but even if you’re immune to the actors’ goofy antics, you’ll surely crack a smile when Darnielle points at Guerrero and proudly sings, “He was my hero back when I was a kid.”

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.