Well, it’s official. Thanks to this just-released video for ”Back to the 80s,” the new single from “Barbie Girl” creators Aqua, my excitement for ’90s band reunions is no more. I’m looking forward to Blink-182 and No Doubt’s summer tours. I’m totally okay with the LFO reunion tour that’s launching in July. But really — Aqua? What’s next, Chumbawamba?
If we can get past the fact that the song is essentially a dance version of Bowling for Soup’s ”1985” (which I’m not sure I can — how many novelty ’80s nostalgia songs do we really need?), the video is just a mess of laser backgrounds, hair band costumes, and leopard print. And, as the astute Simon Vozick-Levinson pointed out to me in an email, why is a late-’90s act singing about the ’80s? Shouldn’t they be reminiscing about platform sneakers and scrunchies instead?
Take a gander below, and tell me: are you as affronted by this audio/visual travesty as I am, Music Mixers? Or are you on board the Aqua reunion train? (Note: If you did, in fact, enjoy this video, are you also holding out for an OMC/Eiffel 65/Len/Vengaboys resurrection?)