Directed by David Fincher.
Now THIS is the way to tease your fans right. 5:27 minutes of pure sexy bliss.
It seems like the new catchy thing to do these days is for an artist to release a lyric video in advance of the official music video for a song. It’s like a movie preview only with the words to the song. Mostly the lyric videos I’ve watched are like those annoying PowerPoint presentations laden with overly-used animation trickery to keep the audience engaged in a very boring presentation.
Thankfully Justin Timberlake decided not to make a half-assed lyric video for his newly released song Suit & Tie. Rather my own little Mr. Sexyback put some effort into his officially sanctioned lyric video. It’s so good that it should just be the music video.
I’ve watched it a couple of times now on YouTube and here’s my blow by blow:
It starts out with Justin driving around Los Angeles in a classic car wearing a Fedora. (I think it’s a rule that guys can’t drive a car from the 1960’s without wearing head gear, but it’s OK because this man can wear the hell out of a hat.) Justin strums his fingers on the steering wheel and is probably pissing off everybody driving behind him ’cause it doesn’t look like he’s going more than 20 mph. Then it’s all about a shave, hair cut and getting dressed up in his suit & tie. He brushes some presumable dirt off his shoulder with one of those valet brushes and I can’t help thinking it’s his sly salute to Jay-Z.
The scene shifts to him sitting at a piano smoking a cigarette and tickling the ivy while occasionally standing up to sing into a microphone. He’s finger snapping to sultry Timbaland beats while sporting those sexy nerd glasses and all I can focus on is his wedding band. Oh, right. He’s married now. Damn. And just to rub salt in my wounds, there’s a brief interlude of him standing with a woman in a satin dress saying something to him to make him laugh & smile as she possessively adjusts his bow tie. Enough Justin. I get it. You’re taken.
This is a film-noir black & white lyric video, but the only splash of color comes from a glass of scotch Justin is holding as he says, “Get out your seat Hov.” Then Jay-Z is rapping about make-up sex,Tom Ford Tuxedos, Ass Tight denim, Las Vegas and being an excellent son-in-law. (Granted, that last thing is a guess on my part.)
The night is nearing the end as Justin does sexy bad boy things like smoke cigars, drink martinis and gamble. Phew! He’s getting tired because he starts to lean on stuff like his microphone and then his car. He even does this cute little ankle dance before he gets into the car and starts driving off into the night.
But there’s just one more brilliant thing he does before his official lyric video for Suit & Tie closes.
He’s standing there watching you read what he’s written on a piece of glass with a black Sharpie: The 20/20 Experience Coming
And then WHAM! He smashes through the words with a freaking hammer and starts walking away as the shards of glass shatter and begin falling down.
Does anyone have a cigarette?
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