Sunday, December 12, 2010

Breakup Song Watch Sunday: Wake Up Call, by Maroon 5

This song is really more a Breakup Alternative Song.  Adam from Maroon 5 finds his girl in bed with Jeremy Sisto.  And rather than letting the betrayal ruin a good thing, he shoots Jeremy dead.  The urgency of disposing of the evidence and avoiding capture serves as a touching bonding experience that brings Adam from Maroon 5 and his girl closer together.  As crises often do.

Of particular interest: 

  • The band is called Maroon 5, but they seem to really like cobalt.  This observation sends me into a pointless philosophical revery, wondering if “maroon” is their word for the color that I experience as cobalt.  I blame Overthinking It.  (Who am I kidding?  I don’t really blame them.  I thank them!)
  • Was the video filmed in Los Angeles?  If so, then Los Angeles cops are way hot!!  I can’t imagine people running away from cops who look like that.  Maybe that should be a new strategy for police forces around the world!  Increase your bad guy apprehension rate by recruiting chicks, giving them breast augmentations, and removing the top buttons from their uniform shirts.  Because who's going to run away from that?  (Is that a sexist thing to say?)
  • Why is the other dude’s height relevant?  I mean, it would make sense if the lyrics were “Eight foot tall, came without a warning/So I had to shoot him dead.”  But six feet tall?  Come on Adam from Maroon 5, don’t be such a wuss!

Here is the original video, with the audio remix by Mark Ronson.  Love Mary J. Blige in this, but wish she were part of the original performance.  How cool would that have been!

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