Adam Schlesinger, R.I.P. Fuck COVID-19.
Adam Schlesinger wrote this song and he intended for it to be a tribute to the Cars. The opening guitar riff was meant to sound like the riff from Just What I Needed. The video itself is full of references to the Cars. Keep an eye out for the license plate that reads, “I ♥ RIC,” not to mention the the boy in the opening scene who appears to be meant to be an adolescent version of Ric Ocasek. Schlesinger even invited Ocasek to appear in the video but Ocasek never replied to the invitation.
The video also pays homage to Fast Time At Ridgemont High, with Stacy’s mom taking the place of Phoebe Cates. Stacy’s mom is played by Rachel Hunter, so who can blame the main character for having a crush? Apparently, before settling on Hunter, the band hoped to cast Paulina Porizkova in the role. Porizkova was, of course, married to Ric Ocasek.
Thank you for the music, Adam.