[artist id=”1163841″]Cee Lo Green[/artist] scored a stealth hit with his potty-mouthed single “F— You,” and he managed to spin the enthusiasm over that song into one of the best videos of the year. With his new album, The Lady Killer, hitting stores this week, Cee Lo hit the video front again with the premiere of his clip for the LP’s next single, “Bright Lights Bigger City.”
The video puts Cee Lo in the back of a car, cruising through the streets of New York surrounded by glammed-out women and flower petals. In between, he seduces a woman in a bathtub, gets his head shaved in a black-lit room and gets into some sort of super-spy battle with a female ninja in a restaurant kitchen.
The video reflects the posh and slightly hallucinatory nature of the track, which borrows elements of the bass line from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and also features the same kind of lush keyboard swirls that Van Halen used in “Jump.” It’s emblematic of the rest of The Lady Killer, which borrows all sorts of classic Motown and Stax elements and augments them with futuristic sounds, all buoyed by Cee Lo’s remarkably elastic voice.
Though “Bright Lights Bigger City” is the new single, the world still isn’t done with “F— You.” William Shatner (who has a career’s worth of strange covers under his belt) performed a version of the song on a recent episode of “Lopez Tonight,” and Gwyneth Paltrow will be singing the song as part of her appearance on next week’s episode of the hit show “Glee.”
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