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Wednesday Video Spotlight: School of Seven Bells release "I Get Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)," the last recording by Oklahoma native Benjamin Curtis

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: July 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
Benjamin Curtis. Photo provided
Benjamin Curtis. Photo provided

School of Seven Bells have released the official video for the track “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” originally by Joey Ramone. Throughout 2013, producer and guitarist Benjamin Curtis, who hailed from Lawton, had been battling T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Recorded in its entirety on his laptop from his hospital bed in New York City, “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” is the Oklahoma native’s final recording before passing away on Dec. 29, 2013, at the age of 35.

Directors and longtime friends of the group Toby Halbrooks and Alan Del Rio Ortiz created the appropriately striking video revolving around a cross-country road trip stopping in Indio and Joshua Tree, Calf. (Click on the link below to see it.)

As previously reported, Curtis and his brother Brandon Curtis formed the band UFOFU in Dallas in the 1990s. Brandon Curtis later became drummer for Tripping Daisy but reunited with his brother and joined their cousin Josh Garza in forming Secret Machines, which quickly became one of the foremost psych-rock bands of the 2000s and signed with Warner Bros.

Benjamin Curtis left Secret Machines after two albums and took a dramatic stylistic shift with his new group, School of Seven Bells. With sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, Curtis and School of Seven Bells helped usher in a new era of shoegaze and dream-pop on 2009′s “Alpinisms,” 2010′s “Disconnect From Desire” and 2012′s superb “Ghostory.”

“Thank you all so much for the amazing support you’ve shown for I Got Knocked Down. This song is so special to my heart for reasons that I’m sure we all share, and my gratitude is endless. So much love to each of you. XO,” Alejandra Deheza wrote to fans via Facebook following the song’s release.

The track is available for purchase on iTunes.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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