I was actually planning on featuring another Britney Spears video for today’s music video of the day but then I came across this cover of Suspicious Minds.
Let’s just start with the obvious. I absolutely love this video. According to video’s description on YouTube, this was shot on an iPhone. The video has this wonderful sort of dream-like feel. Some of that’s due to the song itself. Some of that’s due to the fact that the majority of the video takes place in Las Vegas, which is like the most surreal city in America. (There’s a reason why David Lynch set so much of Twin Peaks: The Return in Vegas.) It all comes together to create a wonderfully hypnotic video, one that is both inviting and ominous at the same time.
The song itself is best-known as an Elvis song but it was actually originally written and performed by a songwriter named Mark James. In 1969, after James’s version failed to chart, the song was handed over to Elvis and it quickly become on his signature hits. Of course, you really can’t do anything Vegas-related without including a reference to Elvis. I can’t remember if there were any Elvis impersonators on Twin Peaks but I do remember that you can spot a few in Saved By The Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas.
(And, of course, this bring us all back to Britney Spears, who will launching her second Vegas show on February 13th. Everyone ends up in Vegas, where they get to hang out with my friends Jennifer and Xander. Lucky them!)