If you watch one music video inspired by a romantic bike-dancing movie from the '80s that also stars Juliette Lewis today, make sure that video is "Prisoner," courtesy of Har Mar Superstar.
"The whole thing is like a remake of this BMX romantic bike dance scene from the movie 'Rad,'" Har Mar (a.k.a. Sean Tillmann) told Hive. "It's like a BMX movie from the '80s. It's the best."
When asked whether the bike-dancing scene in "Rad" is more romantic than the one Kevin Bacon gets down on in 1986's "Quicksilver," Har Mar responded: "Yes. Because in the original movie they did the dance to 'Send Me An Angel,' so it's very romantic."
In the video, Har Mar plays "the new guy on the scene" who challenges Lewis's ex-boyfriend -- "the best and baddest biker around" -- to a bike dance-off. Lewis also pitches in for a stirring, vehicular performance to Har Mar's disco-tinged R&B jam about being a slave to l-o-v-e -- off of his most recent album, Bye Bye 17. (Fun fact: Har Mar and Lewis have the same stunt double in the vid. Wigs were worn.)
"We've played shows together, me and her band -- we were in that movie 'Whip It' together so we spent some time in Detroit filming that together and we just kept in touch over the years," Har Mar said, explaining how the actress became involved in the Matt Powers-directed video. "I just love Juliette -- I love when she pops up in things. I just love her acting and her vibe. It just seemed like a no-brainer."
Har Mar is currently on tour supporting Bye Bye 17, touching down in his newfound hometown of Brooklyn tonight (September 19) to play with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Barclay's Center. Tomorrow, however, Tillmann will play his original hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to celebrate the newly christened "Har Mar Superstar Day," which will now forever be celebrated on September 20.
"[Mayor R. T. Rybak] started tweeting at me and I was like, 'Yo, it's about time I get my own day,'" Har Mar said, explaining how the holiday came about, "And he was like, 'You know, you're right.' So he went with it and I was like, 'Wow, sometimes shameless joking will get you everything you want.'"
Bye Bye 17 is out now on Cult Records.