Panic! at the Disco’s ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ Video Spoofs D’Angelo’s Nudity
Watch Brandon Urie strip down in "Untitled (How Does it Feel?)" homage
D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does it Feel?)” video is one of the most iconic music visuals of a generation, a clip that redefined and eventually derailed the career of a soul prodigy. Considering its singularity — one take of a naked, sweating D’Angelo singing directly into the camera — it’s bound to inspire parodies and homages, like, well, this one from Panic! at the Disco and lead singer Brandon Urie for the band’s single “Girls/Girls/Boys.”
Panic’s version is nearly an exact replica — Urie standing on a pedestal in an all-black room, the camera lingering down his torso until the exact point when it must go back up — minus the undeniable frisson that made the original D’Angelo video so monumental. Also, Brandon Urie is no D’Angelo — no offense to Brandon Urie. That said, Urie does pull this bit off better than Asher Roth did so he’s got that going for him.
“Girls/Girls/Boys” is the third single from Panic’s upcoming album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, a record that also features a song called “Miss Jackson,” just in case you were wondering when they discovered rap and R&B. “Girls/Girls/Boys” is a bizarre song about Urie coming between a bisexual girl and her girlfriend, at one point spouting It Gets Better platitudes (“Love is not a choice”) and others both luring the subject (“Push another girl aside and just give in”) and acknowledging her struggle (“You gotta save your reputation / They’re close to finding out about your girlfriend”).
There is a surface-level display here of understanding the often complicated nature of queer relationships, but in a statement about the “Girls/Girls/Boys” video Urie comes off more like a fetishist than anything: “‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ is such a racy song that it immediately made me think of one of the sexiest videos of all time.”