Taio Cruz’s “Do What You Like” Video Is A George Michael “Freedom ’90” Throwback: Watch

Robbie Daw | May 27, 2015 7:07 am
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No one did sexy models writhing around while donning their skimpiest outfits in a music video quite like George Michael, particularly with his “Freedom ’90” visual (and, a couple years later, “Too Funky”). And Taio Cruz’s “Do What You Like” video plays like an homage to that now-standard style of music imagery — albeit on a budget.

By the way, gotta love a video that starts out with London being name-checked in the title card, while clearly being shot in Los Angeles. Or is “Taio Cruz London” his brand name or something? I dunno — I lost track of him after “Higher.”

Anyway, like with “Freedom ’90,” the models on display here mouth the lyrics to “Do What You Like,” though unlike Michael in his own clip, we do catch a few glimpses of Cruz throughout.

It makes sense that Taio would opt to tribute an iconic ’80s figure like George, given the retro funk-pop production of “Do What You Like” (which was handled by the Monsterz and the Strangerz). Between this and Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me,” things are getting hella 1985 in pop these days.

Watch “Do What You Like” above, then rewind to “Freedom ’90” below.

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