Ingrid Michaelson transformed into everyone from John Lennon to Lady Gaga in her 2012 music video for “Blood Brothers.” Today, she pays homage to Robert Palmer with her new single, “Girls Chase Boys,” a stunning, gender-bending salute to Palmer’s 1988 video for “Simply Irresistible.”
“Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break-up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing,” Michaelson explained on her website. “More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”
The song is a soaring anthem of self-empowerment and hope, not unlike her friend and collaborator Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” (Look for the inevitable Katy Perry knock-off soon.) The video finds the songstress looking smoldering against a backdrop of chiseled man-candy, who are fully made up and rocking skintight pink tank tops. As it progresses, the shirts come off, dance breaks are had, women join in, everyone butt-grinds and Michaelson remains as flawless as ever.
It’s impressive how Michaelson manages to tweak the sexualization of women in music videos without coming off like a buzzkill. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the rest of 2014.
And check out Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible,” below.