Janelle Monae Parties Like It’s The Apocalypse

Sep 29th, 2008 // 11 Comments


The video for Janelle Monae’s “Many Moons” is a lengthy affair that recalls Metropolis and George Michael’s “Freedom 90,” with the droid-obsessed R & B singer taking on multiple mechanical personas while waxing apocalyptic about the planet’s future. It’s pretty arresting, with Monae’s manic dancing in particular underscoring the desperation that lurks underneath all the surface glamour. (Not to mention that the source material for the song’s hook is pretty undeniable.) [YouTube]

  1. 30f

    Hmm -

    Lengthy and non-sensical intro? Multiple versions of the performer? Swinging band on a shiny stage?

    Do I like? Hey Ya!

  2. cassidy2099

    The production is so cluttered. I feel like I have to stop everything just to really “hear” the song. The high concept video is more distracting than interesting.

  3. Cos

    Damn cool video. I love her style, I just wish I liked her music more. Maybe with time?

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the beat and synth lines reminded me of this so much I thought it might be a sample at first:

  4. Cos

    No embed? How about:

  5. lindseykai

    I’m totally going to start wearing the saddle shoes that have been collecting dust in my closet for the last 10 years.

  6. Anonymous

    anyone who sees Janelle perform live will be instantly won over – I
    think she’s going to take over the world that way. She has legions of
    fans here in Atlanta – stunning performer, brilliant music, and a
    really sweet, very cool lady.

    Leila Regan-Porter
    leila@theleila.com

    Editor, Southeast Performer
    http://www.performermag.com/seperformer.php
    http://www.theleila.com
    http://theleila.blogspot.com/

  7. Anonymous

    anyone who sees Janelle perform live will be instantly won over – I
    think she’s going to take over the world that way. She has legions of
    fans here in Atlanta – stunning performer, brilliant music, and a
    really sweet, very cool lady

  8. Thierry

    @Cos: I thought about the Hives as well – not just because of the song, but also because of the assortment of black-and-white outfits that look strikingly like their clothes from the last tour. And they also did a pretty good of “Hey Ya!”, so there you go.

  9. MrStarhead

    She was really, really good at the Big Boi Ballet in Atlanta back in the spring.

  10. stvspl

    Seconding (thirding?) comments about her live show. Incredible.

    Also – love the pinball song.

  11. Reidicus

    I think Leila and I were at the same show. (Opening for Gnarls Barkley, right?) Yes, agreed!

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