Panic! at the Disco: Girls/Girls/Boys
Panic!’s strategy: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”
Of all the sexiest music videos of all time, D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” may be the crème de le crème. And imitation is the greatest form of flattery, which suggests why Panic! At the Disco’s Brandon Urie opted to record “Girls/Girls/Boys” using the same concept. The single camera-shot piece of cinema shows off a naked and highly stoked Urie doing everything women (and gay men) would fantasize in a PG-piece of cinema. He rubs his neck seductively, thrusts his hand in the air with athletic precision and stares the camera down like coyote over roadkill. The cameraman, possibly horny as hell, even scrolls down and zooms in on his navel. You can only imagine what’s happening below the torso line, but it’s abundantly clear that Urie is charming up the band’s sex appeal. No, he isn’t as chiseled as D’Angelo was in his MTV solid gold video, but “Girls/Girls/Boys” goes the alternate route of most pop videos. Rather than putting a bunch of unknown video vixens on the tube, Urie is bold enough to make himself the main course of sexual bliss. In the director’s cut, a few sexy Maxim looking models do show up halfway into the episode, but even they are glued to Urie’s flesh. And he’s far from being just an appetizer. Urie is still the main dish. Does it stand up to D’Angelo? No. But it’s a smart marketing tool in a world that watches their music videos on YouTube.