Ashlee Simpson Likes Rubik’s Cubes, The Chick From Missing Persons, Getting Crazy

Dec 19th, 2007 // 19 Comments

I would like to take this opportunity to declare a moratorium on music videos that are about the paparazzi, or about being chased by the paparazzi, or about being driven crazy by the paparazzi, or about how hard it is out there for a famous person. Because this video–during which Ashlee is having visions of herself as a statue, and as a committed crazy person, and as a normal person wearing what looks like Doc Marten wedges (?!)–is almost not terrible, but it’s pretty much ruined by the whole “maybe this is the crazy hallucinogen-fueled sequel to Brit Brit’s ‘Piece Of Me’” angle. Yes, we get it. Fame is hard. And no, I don’t envy anyone who serves as fodder for the increasingly dumber and more sharklike gossip press. But big splashy promotional things that go on and on about this–while still saying “But please look at me right now and buy my album out next spring!!”–seem to be a bit disingenuous, no? Can 2008 be the year during which American culture goes on a metafame-colon-cleanse? Please?

Ashlee Simpson – Outta My Head (Music Video) [YouTube]

  1. Jasonbob7

    ARGH. This song is SO BAD. It saddens me that the future of America is growing up listening to this crap. And it saddens me even more that complaining about it makes me sound like an old man, when I’m only 24.

  2. Nicolars

    This is like TMZ meets The Butterfly Effect. NOT A COMPLIMENT.

  3. Al Shipley

    The appropriate response to this is “shut up, you’re not even that famous.”

    I wish the back of the ambulance they threw her into said “waahmbulance” on the back door.

  4. Kaitydid

    this video makes my stomach hurt.

    gwen stefani already did this song and it sucked when she did it too

  5. Rob Murphy

    Wow. Just…wow.

    Whatever happened to the Ashlee Simpson that wanted to be a less abrasive version of Avril? Ya know, “La La” and “Boyfriend”? Didn’t she describe herself as “punk” on that MTV show a few years back?

  6. Beksy

    I’m… confused would be too mild a word.

    It’s like she couldn’t decide whether she wanted to do a music video with literary influences (Alice in Wonderland, Ozymandias, Gulliver’s Travels), Hollywood women’s mental-health cliches, or The Science Of Sleep, so she put all three in the same video.

    Why did I waste three and a half minutes of my life on that when Gwen Stefani’s cousin-video was less confusing, and the song less annoying?

  7. katie_a_princess

    THIS VIDEO IS NOT VERY GOOD

  8. katie_a_princess

    ALSO THIS SONG IS VERY BAD

  9. katie_a_princess

    cutest straighjacket evah

  10. amandacobra

    You know, I used to wish that some radical cleric would behead Ashlee Simpson for spreading empty Western culture.

    But now I know, thanks to this video, that even the disembodied head of Ashlee Simpson will continue to sing shitty pop songs. Sigh.

  11. Julio Allison

    No, thank you.

    Buh-bye.

  12. ascot-revival

    This strange imagery is clear a sign that Ashlee(‘s handlers) are on drugs! Get that entourage to Promises, STAT!

  13. Audif Jackson Winters III

    This would not have made the cut for SPRING SESSION M.

  14. Anonymous

    Thirteen comments on an Ashlee Simpson post, all haters. I guess Frank Kogan doesn’t read Idolator.

    The song’s not bad. The video apes it referents a little too closely, and being the umpteenth tabloid-reaction video hurts it a lot, but it’s not as bad as you all are saying.

    Or is this the beginning of the Timbaland Backlash of 2008?

  15. Maura Johnston

    @lastclearchance: Haha, my Timbaland backlash started when Shock Value dropped.

  16. Anonymous

    @maura: Does it count as backlash if I ignored Shock Value when it dropped?

  17. Falconfire

    very 80′s, but just a bit too much like Gwen. Its not terrible though, not nearly as bad as some of you are making it out to be.

  18. karinski

    What’s with all the hate? Sure Ashlee isn’t really the most likeable of popstars, but this reminds me of when Holly Valance did ‘State of Mind’ transforming her from a disposable pop star to someone with an amazing song.

    This is instantly catchy and the first great pop song of 2008 imo.

  19. Jfrankparnell

    @lastclearchance: The song’s not bad? Before this, I never thought anything would ever make me nostalgic for Samantha Fox.

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