I’m literally eleven years old, so I don’t really have too much frame of reference for Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” video outside of what VH1 ’80s recollections have taught me over many, many lonely Saturday nights. But regardless of your relevant nostalgia, there’s a tremendous amount to chew on in Aimee Mann’s video for her new song, “Labrador.” The gist of it is that Mann, duped by a duplicitous director (Jon Hamm, playing a fictional version of real-life director Tom Scharpling) into recreating the video for “Voices Carry,” which probably remains as her most famous moment. (See: those aforementioned VH1 ’80s recollections.)
What follows is some extreme goofiness, as the modern-day Mann, replete with modern-day haircut, is forced to mime her way through a soft focus mock-up of a video that was probably intended as a Very Serious Statement of Art rather than something so patently absurd—but by the time Ted Leo shows up in a horribly awesome wig as a member of Mann’s backing band, there isn’t too much doubt over how we’re supposed to react. You’ll also notice Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster as Denny Rock, the video’s slimy co-star. And that ’80s haircut even makes a comeback! Oh yeah, and the song is pretty solid, too. The Til Tuesday video is below for comparison.