“Girls Chase Boys” updates iconic sexist ’80s music video

Does this video look familiar? If it does, you’re either 100 years old, like me, and remember seeing Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” on the TV, or it’s become a kitsch throwback. This video, however, by Ingrid Michaelson, for her catchy  new “Girls Chase Boys“ song makes some major improvements; is a lot less white and a lot less gender-binaried, lucky for us. But you don’t need to have lived through the 1980s to enjoy the video and all its hotness.

Lyrics after the jump.

New York-born and raised and based indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson explains that her song started out about a break but became something more:

Girls Chase Boys started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this! We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love. I hope you enjoy it! AHHH!

It’s a heartwarming statement about how regardless of gender or sexuality, we’re all miserable.

Lyrics

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Ooooooh it’s all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Ooooooh it’s all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls

I’m a little let down, but I’m not dead
There’s a little bit more that has to be said
oh oooh
you play me, now I play you, too
Lets just call it over

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh its all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls (x2)
Chase girls chase boys chase boys chase girls

Im a little bit home, but I’m not there yet
Its one to forgive but its hard to forget
Don’t call me, I won’t call you, too
Lets just call it over

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh it’s all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls (x2)
chase girls chase boys chase boys chase girls

I got two hands one beating heart
And I’ll be alright I’m gonna be alright

Yeah I got two hands one beating heart
And I’ll be alright, I’m gonna be alright
Gonna be alright

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh it’s all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls (x4)

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.13.50 PM Katie Halper can’t get this song out of her head. 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 11, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Interestingly, Ingrid comments on the youtube video that she didn’t think the original video was necessarily sexist- and that it is a homage rather than a rebuttal. Still I totally agree the new and improved video solves a lot of problems the original had. LOVE Ingrid and cannot stop listening to/having this song stuck in my head!

  2. Posted February 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks – grin – now I have two videos/songs stuck in my head – Always thought Palmer’s was done not to be sexist but the opposite. Both make you think and are great songs.

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