Song: I Do Not Hook Up
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Album: All I Ever Wanted
Release Date: 29th May 2009 (IRL), 1st June 2009 (UK)
Genre: Pop rock, electronic rock
Peak Position: 33 (IRL), 45 (UK)
Aw Kelly how I miss your Breakaway days? Back when Avril Lavigne was bragging about being the anti-Britney and yapping about how real she was, Kelly just shut up and let her music do the talking. Yes, the former American Idol champion surprised us all by being the decade’s angry chick, who created loud, angsty rock music but not sacrificing the pop production that made her famous on American Idol.
Fast forward to 2009 and Kelly is still making catchy pop rock music and belting out tunes with her powerhouse voice. But the angst is gone and replaced by…conformity. Yes, while you will probably find yourself singing along to this Katy Perry written track, this is sugary and bland with Auto-Tuned vocals on the chorus, something Kelly definitely doesn’t need. In fact listen to the Perry version of this track and there’s barely any difference. And that’s really the sad thing. It’s a great pop song but entirely lacking in substance.
The video is quite a humourous and saucy piece of work where Kelly ably gets to poke fun at herself! The video begins with Kelly sitting bored at a dinner party where the rich hosts get to show off their snobbery. Suddenly Kelly notices a cute waiter and she basically throttles him on the dining table, kissing him as the shocked guests look on. Sadly, it’s just a fantasy and Clarkson sees that she’s been offered strawberries by an overweight nerd. Hate it when that happens!
The next section of the video shows Kelly dancing and perfoming at a bar while fantasing about hooking up with some other guy! Oooh kinky! And kudos to Kelly for poking fun of herself by falling off the bar and as the shocked punters check to see if she’s okay, Kelly jumps up with a big “WOOO!” and the party starts all over again! Basically Kelly uses a nice dose of humour and her charisma and your on to a winning music video.