The cyclist, 43, recorded a spoken interlude for “Mountain Lion,” the fourth video and song installment in the provocative musical project Future User from Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford.
First released Tuesday on Rolling Stone, “Mountain Lion” is about “the government’s attempts to use the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs as a distraction from their own global sins,” read a press release about the video.
Armstrong is a close friend and “cycling buddy” of Commerford and famed for his highly public doping investigation in 2012. The recordings in the background were based on real voicemail exchanges between the athlete and rocker.
“We’ll jokingly leave each other voice messages like, ‘Dude, I’m gonna crush you the next time I see you. I’m gonna take you down,’ ” said Commerford. “When it came time to make the video, I asked him to recreate the voice mail and he was totally cool with it.”
In the background of the video, Armstrong talks trash while a skateboarder injects himself with what appears to be some type of steroid. The skateboarder then douses himself with gasoline and lights himself on fire.
It seems as if Armstrong has no fear of revisiting the doping subject, even after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France medals. He candidly discussed whether he would do it again in a new interview with BBC Sport on Monday.
“Lance is a friend, an awesome person, and, as far as I’m concerned, a punk-rocker,” Commerford said.