March 5, 2008
Heartache to heartache she stands
Janet Jackson's new video, Rock With U, is out and it's a mess. This is a shame, because this is the best single she's had in years. But this clip? The costumes alone were vomited up from that old Pat Benatar video where the hookers rebel against their pimp. Right?
I appreciate the level of dancing going on here: the video has some good moves and a casual vibe, but it's just a visual mishmash. Actually, Rock With U has some amusing details: Janet features hideous bi-level hair and she is wearing some noxious flats. In this guise, she strangely reminds me of Stevie Nicks in her Oxycontin phase. Not really sure why. And WHO is Janet imitating at 2:57 when she walks out of the room messing with her hair? Is it Tina Turner?
There is a move busted by Janet that I want you to look out for at 2:16 that is verrrry 80's, like a move Madonna would've done back in the day. And in the Misheard Lyrics Department, I still think I hear "Straw birds make everything sexier"! [Note: it's strobelights].
Close your eyes and play the music...