Our favorite pop babes are chameleonic. Taking on a variety of personas and changing up their look from video to video, we’re always surprised by the fantastical scenarios they manage to concoct. But sometimes pop music takes it back, and musicians find their aesthetic inspiration in the past. From Marie Antoinette inspired decadence to flapper chic to 50s perkiness, these pop stars are taking a trip down memory lane for some pretty cute costuming.
Every once in a while, artists come onto the mainstream music scene which such startling force that we immediately figure they’ve put all their creative eggs in one basket. Fans think that a massively successful single from a brand new face could mean the artist is about to flame out pretty quickly. But if an artist actually ends up having staying power, we’re willing to admit that we got it wrong.
Pop music is full of influences, but when musicians start appropriating the aesthetic of other cultures for their performances, the line between art and racism can get pretty blurry. And with the Internet all a-Twitter with critics just WAITING for pop stars to slip up, more than a few have managed to offend by taking elements of cultures other than their own for some controversial performances. From black culture to Japan and the Middle East, no culture is safe from the sticky fingers of white performers.
Whether inanimate objects, national landmarks, or pretty much any food item in general, artists sure do love using their witty ways to talk about sex. See, they try to hide the meanings of these songs – but we just couldn’t help but cracking their code! Plus, most are blatantly obvious (hint: any long and hard object is most likely referring to a guy’s…..get it? Good.)
Food and sex have a weird relationship. In a lot of ways they don’t go together at all, but when they work it’s like peanut better and jelly. Music videos have been accused of hyper-sexualizing pretty much everything over the years -even making a sandwich, having an ice cream, or eating an orange! Something about food really plays well on the small screen, and nobody knew it better than the lovely Kelis. She rewrote the menu with her unforgettable video for “Milkshake” in 2003, and now she’s back on the beat again with her new album, F.O.O.D. It’s out this Tuesday, and each track is named after a different delicacy. Her single “Jerk Ribs” is the appetizer, but we can hardly wait for the main course!
To whet our appetite, we’ve decided to take a look at the most delicious inappropriately sexual uses of food in music video history. Bon appetit!