Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Beyoncé, "Why Don't You Love Me?"

Perhaps taking all the Bettie Page references to her hairstyle in the "Video Phone" video to heart, Beyoncé has released a video for "Why Don't You Love Me" in which she plays the retro-pinup role to the hilt, complete with sexily staged household mishaps, a bit where she dusts… her Grammys, bubble-bath interlude, and shots of her smoking. (Gasp!) There is also, oddly, what seems to be an homage to Britney Spears' red-carpet outfit from the 2001 Video Music Awards. The song, however, is quite the banger, even if it was at first sabotaged by the abysmal sequencing of I Am… Sasha Fierce, not to mention the labels' insistence on releasing it in 523 deluxe/platinum/a-plus configurations.

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saythatscool (#101)

Good video, lousy song. She's capable of a lot more but she's been phoning it in for so long that Imani Coppola should just replace her. Who's gonna notice anyway?

hazmathilda (#839)

If anyone calls, I'll be in the bath reading Joy of Cooking all afternoon.

Eureka Street (#1,349)

Solange wants to know what a (lil) sister's gotta do to get her own decade up in this piece.

sailor (#396)

Seems like that video took days to get through.

riotnrrd (#840)

Aiming for Bettie Page, missing, and hitting RuPaul on the way down.

missdelite (#625)

They should've edited out the outdoor sequence; still like (most of) the rest though.

Rw (#1,458)

Because you frighten me… your sister is awesome though.

katiechasm (#163)

I like her outfits.

tampopo (#4,736)

Me too. And if I looked that good in a Bettie Page wig (or in fact, at any time in my life) I'd run with it also.

LondonLee (#922)

Jay-Z is a lucky, lucky man.

TrilbyLane (#1,318)

the only thing more awful than that is this:


missdelite (#625)

It's about time 70s soul music made a comeback, but it's too bad her songwriters couldn't do more than beat a riff to death.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

You know what ruins the mood of a carefully planned retro-styled production? Someone not knowing how to de-interlace or merge fields in a video!

MinnZ (#3,006)

Two words:

Drag Queen

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