A karaoke fan-favorite still stands as Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets". What's a 2am bender without slurring, "She's got electric [boobs]," or "Oh, Candy and Ronnie. Have you seen them yet? Oh, but they're so spaced out." The lyrics are as groovy as Katherine Heigl and James Marsden's iconic imitation. Whether fans know it or not, the actors' performance serves as the song's first music video.
And it begs the question: what the Hades, Elton John? His record was released in 1973. For 44 years, his devotees were deprived of his creative genius in the form of video! To compound the frustration, a few of his other hits -- namely, "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" -- were released without a music video, too.
Maybe it's because Donald J. Trump is President. Or maybe it's because Christmas came late. Regardless of the why, Elton John finally gifted people with a reprieve. TODAY reports, "He paired up with YouTube to create a contest in which winners would be able to create official videos for three of his most iconic songs ...'Rocket Man,' 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Bennie and the Jets'!"
My feet are tapping already. Until the winners are announced, TODAY anchors released their own version of "Bennie and the Jets". With angel wings and wigs galore, it's a clip you can't miss. However, it has its flaws: no electric boots (or boobs), mohair suit, or magazines.
For the record (yes, pun intended), the 70s style isn't contemporary. Aside from its expiration date, "Bennie and the Jets" needs a new dress. It needs a new perspective, too. With the world in an uproar, now's the perfect time. Express your feelings through art. Whether your video has a comedic flair or serious undertone, tell your story. Remember whose eyes will see it. More importantly, remember whose ears will hear it.
For more information on how to get involved, visit the website, and watch the video!