One of my New Year’s resolutions was to …. *checks notes* …. share more from Steve Aoki on this site so I guess I better get around to honoring that resolution by sharing the oddly disturbing video for Wake Up Call.
I’ve actually come across some online criticism of Wake Up Call, with the most frequent complaint being that it sounds “messy and confused” but personally, I think that’s kind of the point. It’s all about the sensation of being jarred awake, of being snapped out of a dream and into the real world. Everyone wakes up messy. Everyone wakes up confused. The messiness is kind of the point here. Seriously, whenever I wake up, it always takes me a few minutes to realize where I am and then it takes me even longer to get my hair out out of my face. Sleep is messy, which is why I try to get as little as possible of it.
As for the video …. AGCK! I mean seriously, what the Hell is going on? Is Steve Aoki trying to kill Clifton Collins, Jr? Or is Michelle Rodriguez just dreaming that Aoki is strangling her …. well, I want to say lover but they don’t really appear to be too much in love. Who is dreaming in this video and who needs to “WAKE UP?” Personally, I think Michelle Rodriguez may have seen what Clifton Collins, Jr. was dreaming about so she summoned Aoki from her own dreams, specifically so he could be her vessel of vengeance. To be honest, the whole thing kind of feels like a Jean Rollin vampire film to me. And yes, yes …. I know that I tend to compare anything that is the least bit surreal to a Jean Rollin vampire film but that doesn’t make the observation any less pertinent.
Of course, it’s also possible that there might not be any definite explanation as to just what exactly is happening. Perhaps the point. Like life, the video may mean whatever we want it to mean.
Now, I will admit that I did attempt to search around online and find what other people thought this video was about. Unfortunately, almost every link that I followed led me to someone talking about the video for Maroon 5’s Wake Up Call. I’d actually like to see someone remake Begin Again with Steve Aoki in the Adam Levine role. I think that would be hella interesting.