July 17, 2008
Today's open thread
It makes sense: The new Brooks & Dunn song is called Put a Girl in It.
For the music video shot Tuesday, they put 100 girls in it. Most in bikinis.
Video director Wes Edwards says the duo requested 1,000 models, but the budget wouldn’t allow it.
You can click through to see the pictures, which include a shot of a few of those hundred young girls in bikinis hosing each other down. These days, the “Stupid Girls” that Pink sang about are dancing next to Kix & Ronnie instead of 50 Cent.
I'm no stranger to gathering one hundred women together, and looking at these pictures got me thinking about the little girl in the audience during the performance shown below. It's taken from the 1993 Women of Country special. Check her out at the 2:13 mark:
That little girl is looking on in awe at the women on stage. The legends haven't come out on stage yet
, but she's already seen Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, Michelle Wright, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Emmylou Harris. You can see the look of hope and endless possibility in her eyes.
I think about the girls her age today, and what they see when they turn on CMT or GAC. We can't even pretend that the Brooks & Dunn video shot is out of the ordinary, so they'll certainly see that women can serve as cute backdrops to men twice their age.
Of the few female artists out there? Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles certainly have the talent, but both are increasingly vamping up their images. Nettles actually looks like one of the Brooks & Dunn extras in Sugarland's latest clip.
Then there's the girl who has become a tween phenomenon, Taylor Swift. All of her hits songs show how her life and well-being are defined by how things are going with the boy she secretly likes (“Teardrops on My Guitar”), currently loves (“Our Song”), still loves (“Tim McGraw”), or want to get back at (“Picture to Burn.”) And she sings it all in a prom dress, wearing more makeup than most people are buried in.
Maybe we can get Carrie or Miranda to cover “Stupid Girls”, or write and record the country equivalent?