Lily Allen’s new song and video “Air Balloon” is a huge hit in our house where it’s been requested by my two and three quarters year old daughter 100 times. Takko and I like it too. I know she’s got kind of a MIA thing happening right now but it’s all working. Lily proves to be a master of trashy clashing in her outfit choice; here mixing sparkly gold wedge sandals with jean cutoffs, a sequined white mesh top over a tropical colored bikini top and… are those strips of denim in her pigtails!? Ballsy. Or to harken back to the “Hard Out Here” clip, titsy. Whatevs. Lily fucking owns the whole thing. My daughter loves the zebras, the myrawwrrs! (cheetahs) and the mushrooms that grow toward the end. I admire how the director(s) put the viewer in the POV of the camera as if it were some kind of benevolent alien visitor that Lily playfully pitches skyward as it spins and dances around her. The final shot is… well, see post title.
OK. You gotta see this. I was doubtful when the video came up and it was from Lily’s POV, the last thing I wanted was a “day in the life of” type music clip but trust me it’s a silly, funny, creative and audacious 3 minutes and 31 seconds that fits the song perfectly. Bear with it until the first chorus when Lily makes all the world her personal iPhone app. I especially love the pedestrian bridge scene.
I’ve never been to a show where the featured artist brought audience members on stage to have a cheesecake eating contest. Thank you, Lily Allen. Hopefully the winner is as thankful for his prize, a cheesecake. Oh, and a kiss n’ hug from our hostess with the mostest.
That wasn’t even the strangest thing about the night of song and
dance rump shaking. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a cigarette in person, that when I saw the smoke I actually thought at first Lily was some sort of half dragon half person chimera. She is a smoker. Big time. Half a pack. Puffs in between verses, sips of wine, a chorus sung with a lung full of smoke. Ah to be young and cancer certain. Here’s the catch. Contrary to what you may have heard about Lily, girl can sing.
Lily’s new video for “Not Fair” is out. Personally, I was let down. The song is so racy and fun. I thought they’d go for something equally out there but unfortunately she went for the kitsch vibe of Nirvana’s In Bloom or Weezer’s Buddy Holly aping the look of a country Western variety music program from the ’70s. It works but when I heard this song I imagined a mechanical bull (obvious but so right!) and a shot of her in bed framed so that we could only see her upper half (knees up around her head), and she’s just getting pumped and pumped but she’s yawning, she’s reading the Wall Street Journal, she’s checking her watch, shes learning Chinese, anything. That would have got people talking and would have stuck with the narrative of her song as most of her previous videos have. What she gave us is cute and is not lacking in charms, but opportunity squandered, Miss Allen.
What did you guys think?
Just picked up Lily Allen’s new album It’s Not Me, It’s You. It’s kind of fucking brilliant. On one level it’s the sounds of a reformed party girl settling down, making ammends and working her way painfully through the 12 step program and yet, the more you listen to the “serious tracks” like “Everyone’s At It” and “Back to the Start” the more you start to hear the cheeky wit and sarcasm of a 22 year old girl who truly believes “It’s not Her, It’s You.”
Fuck yes. 1st single from Lily Allen’s forthcoming second album It’s Not Me, It’s You. I’m loving the Marie Antoinette vibe. Clever girl.