In black-and-white, a ring of twinkling lights hangs from the ceiling. On stage, the glittering disco ball spots the stage as the band performs. As Karen begins to sing, the camera comes in for a close up for about ten seconds. The screen goes pitch black, with Karen’s face a silhouette.
The camera returns to the stage. The disco ball glitters in the far left corner of the screen.
On stage, the camera pans right to left. A young woman appears and then Karen’s face is superimposed over hers as the young woman fades back into the black.
The camera returns for another close up of Karen.
Underneath the disco ball, a couple dances.
Karen grips the microphone and then puts her head down. The twinkling ring of lights appears and gradually moves out of frame. The camera pans from left to right before returning to Karen again.
The band sings on stage. The camera pans from left to right. The disco ball spins. The band sings on stage again. The camera pans from right to left. The young woman stares adoringly at her boyfriend.
The camera pans from left to right and then rests on Karen again. The band sings on stage. It darkens as the disco ball is lowered and then fades to black.
The stylized black-and-white creates a vintage 50s sock hop. It’s the last song for the evening at the high school dance. One couple, who everyone believes will get married after graduation, dances on the floor. Karen, meanwhile, thinks of the man she is in love with but she can’t have.
The band, though, has a quiet rebellious nature to them. Considering the era implied, their song would shock for even suggesting the taboo of admiring another woman. Nonetheless, it’s modern slang as a mean of supporting women. It’s the combination of two controversial topics, feminism and homosexuality, that turn it political statement.
However, the band seems to be commenting on the genre they are in at the same time with the video, stating that’s old-fashioned while trying to get the country genre to embrace progressive topics.
Directors: Karla & Matthew Welch Year: 2015