Video Hangover: Robin Thicke – “When I Get You Alone”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“When I Get You Alone”
Robin Thicke, 2002

It’s a dick on a bike.

Right, that’s not fair. I don’t even know Robin Thicke! And while it’s true that his repeated use of the same sample might class him as the blue-eyed Crazy Town, this video has a goofy, unpretentious charm that’s totally at odds with the genre. The hair? The goatee? The noticeable lack of gyrating women? And when was the last time you saw Timberlake do any manual labor? “When I Get You Alone” is also a master class in pacing and editing. Every time it looks like Robin is about to stall out in a spasm of Jackson-esque tics, the camera cuts away and zooom! He’s racing through midtown, popping wheelies, and getting smacked in the face with roses. As a New Yorker, I appreciate the attention to detail — the way he goes to and from Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge, for example, or how he decides to develop the film in the package he can’t deliver, which is totally how they do it around here (it’s the law).

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