Monday, April 23, 2012

Music Video Monday: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen

Welcome to a new segment here on TKAA called Music Video Monday. The premise is simple: every Monday I'll post a couple of popular music videos and discuss them with all the seriousness and integrity you've come to expect in a TKAA post. I'm thinking I'll do the #1 video on the Billboard Hot 100 and another one of my choosing each week, but we'll see how it goes. First up, this week's number one song on the charts:

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know



This song is everywhere right now. I have six pre-sets on my car radio and it's almost always on at least one of them... even the 90s station. Maybe it's like a slot machine and one fateful day when Gotye is on all six at once, quarters will start spewing out of my cd player or something. Anyway, I liked the song at first, but it's wearing out its welcome as of late. Alas, the video breathes new life into the song as I am a sucker for male nudity. (Just kidding.) The video opens with the camera panning upward, dangerously close to Gotye's... little Gotye. It's a close call, but still nowhere near D'Angelo's Untitled video territory. It's a cool little video, despite Gotye's freakishly big mouth. The whole blending in with the wall thing is always fun and I like how the design reminds me of Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest cover and how the girl bears a slight resemblance to TKAA favorite, Katy Perry.


Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe



I'm always supportive of artists who are paler than me and Carly Rae Jepsen is certainly that. Maybe pale is making a comeback. On average, there seems to be one sugary pop song a month that inexplicably strikes my fancy and Call Me Maybe is this month's offering. It just sounds like happy. The video proves what I've long suspected: chicks dig lawnmowers. Why save up for a Corvette when you can garner better results with a Snapper? Of course, the dude's wise choice to go lawnmower is instantly negated when he takes off his shirt, revealing a truly awful chest tattoo. "The sky is the limit" huh? I can only assume he lost a bet. Anyway, if you like videos with surprise endings, this one is fabulous. Take special note of the superb acting in the video's final seconds.