A few months ago — back when he was still the reigning “American Idol” runner-up — Adam Lambert told MTV News about the meaning of his latest single, “If I Had You,” the video for which has just premiered on VH1.com.
“Basically, what it’s saying is no matter what color your skin is, no matter what religion you are, no matter what your sexuality is … we can all party together,” he said. “And all this other stuff — money, success, fortune, fashion, glam — it’s all great, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not connecting.”
Clearly, Lambert was thinking big with the song, which meant that it needed an equally epic video. Early sneak peeks had him rocking spiked shoulder pads and gallivanting through a forest, and Lambert himself promised that things would get “kind of psychedelic.” And on Monday (June 14), we finally got to see the finished project, an over-the-top affair that’s, yes, kind of psychedelic and even a tad bit political.
Though mostly, it’s just a pretty awesome Euro-pop video.
The clip opens with Lambert — in a leather duster coat and gloriously braided pseudo-rattail — storming his way down a forest path. Whether he and director Bryan Barber intended it to or not, the scene recalls Men Without Hats’ classic video for “The Safety Dance” (all that’s missing is the lute-playing little person). From there, Lambert discoverers a clearing in the forest, one packed with party people — of all races, colors, creeds and proclivities, naturally — who are all in the midst of a totally excellent celebration. (Most of said party people are actually Lambert’s friends, from his days performing with L.A.’s “Zodiac Show.”) Overtaken, Lambert has no choice but to join in on the fun, and from there, things get psychedelic, all brightly blurring colors and whooshing chemtrails and, uh, Allison Iraheta.
And the message is pretty clear (if not a tad bit idealistic): Humanity can, in fact, put their differences aside and just dance. Perhaps that’s the way to solve all of our global conflicts. Who’s to say Lambert’s not right? Like all great pop stars, he’s not afraid to dream.
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