Video Hangover: Ashlee Simpson – “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)”

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. This week we present a very special bonus column about a video that premiered this week. (It’s almost Christmas, give us a break.) Why can’t Ashlee Simpson just leave the world alone?

“Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)”
Ashlee Simpson, 2007

Oops, I was wrong / It was Ashlee Simpson, all along / You’ve finally made monkey out of me!

Somebody’s head was bound to explode — I’m just glad it was hers
I’m not opposed to Ashlee in a glam unitard (at the 2:01 mark). Nor am I opposed, in theory, to Ashlee dancing the robot. But for 35 seconds? Good lord. She might dress like Debbie Harry, but she dances like Wormser from Revenge of the Nerds.

Ashlee on art
Via People: “I went to [Salvador] Dali’s museum in Paris and was really inspired by the surrealism…I am five different people in the video. The real me is in therapy and then it all turns into a painting.”

Ashlee Simpson is to Salvador Dali as:
a) Pete Wentz is to James Joyce
b) Garfield is to Gauguin
c) A regular pizza is to like, a mad cool melty pizza clock that’s like totally in 3D
d) Nose job is to hand job

In return, we promised between 5 and 30 comments about this terrible video
Ubiquitous product placement is old news, so it’s no surprise when the camera lingers (at the 1:53 mark) on the stylish Verizon VCast phone (Liz Lemon: “Can we have our money now?”). But there are some other subtle (and somewhat incongruous) plugs sprinkled throughout the video. The giant Rubik’s Cube, for example, or, more shockingly, the logo! There it is, perfectly framed at :41.

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