Today The Sparks release their video for Mean Streets…
The song is cautionary tale of on the wrong approach to love, maybe the wrong approach to life – in the most entertaining way. It’s very tongue in cheek about a dude (or maybe even a wannabe dude) waking up hungover and dealing with his inner demons – who make a guest appearance in bad-guy horizontal strips. There’s a nod to the snapping street stomp in Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield, a Rocky-esque run up the steps of The Walker and the protagonist uses a golden spoon for his cereal and beer.
It’s a great nod to the story telling video so the 1980s. The songs are a string-heavy and danceable beat reminiscent of the 1980s too.
The song has a pre-COVID energy and focus on being a fool and getting better. Rmeember when we used to worry about that?! It’s vintage MTV at its best, when they used to show music videos.