How ironic is it that I’m finally getting around to doing a post on the “Hot Mess” video the very same day that Kanye ‘n’ Jay drop their single “H.A.M”—- OK, maybe irony is reaching a bit as “H.A.M”, according to Mr. West and Mr. Carter, isn’t an acronym for “Hot A$$ Mess” but rather “Hard As A Mother….” Failed attempts at drawing parallels aside, the latest from the Boys of Chro is indeed a hot mess, but in the best and quite literal-est way possible.
“Hot Mess” is yet another one of the band’s signature funky synth dance jams and the video is 80’s cheese, Esther Williams aqua-choreo, and Robert Palmer girls in law enforcement-themed freakum dresses crammed into a four minute parade of non-stop “ha ha” moments. I mean, Blondie Bad Sass’ intentionally(?) WTF catwalk strut at the 00:21 mark already had me saying “yes, please!”—- and this was before the first verse kicked in!
The Chromeo homey-o’s play down-on-their luck sheriffs from Hot Mess County, NY(!) who after getting chewed out by their captain and harassed by their femme crime fighting colleagues, seek solace in a steamy pool area full of card playing, cigar smoking, towel rocking, multi-culti beauties with badges. Adding to the comedy? The inherently funny tall skinny guy/short stocky guy visual dynamic of the duo and playing up to that by putting them in nothing but towels. These dudes obviously have a sense of humor and seem equally at ease being a part of, or the butt of, the joke.
While I’m partial to the remix which features vocals from Elly Jackson of La Roux, the original version suits the video just fine in this tale of what happens when two of Hot Mess County’s finest struggle in what is clearly a woman’s world… and 1984, it seems. Grade: B
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