“Good girls are pretty like all the time, I’m just pretty some of the time.” For Robyn, “some of the time” happens to be any time (particularly when she’s in a video or on stage), but that lyric and our read of it is what’s at the root of “Who’s That Girl”: R’s trying to separate preconception from reality, and to have a look at the person behind the “girl.” To help with this task, Robyn tapped the Olof and Karin of the Knife, whose signature synth tones and roto tomming drive the track (and whose genderless stage personae happen to be a good thematic fit). To drive it all home visually, the video flashes all sorts of women in all sorts of roles — beauty queen, aristocratic debutante, hard laboring textile worker, soldier, bride — while Robyn’s words hover around her head to let you know this is a little more serious, and a little less cheeky, than “Konichiwa Bitches.” But as pop goes, it’s still top of the, uh, pops.
And now you know what Robyn would look like as a marching band drummer. This clip comes as part of the UK push for the “Who’s That Girl” single, and as previously mentioned, there will be hot remix action.
Catch her on tour, please:
04/29 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
04/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
05/01 – New York, NY @ Virgin Megastore (Union Square)
05/01 – New York, NY @ Late Show w/ David Letterman
05/02 – New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
05/04 – Montreal, Quebec @ La Tulipe
05/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
05/07 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
05/13 – Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
05/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
05/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
05/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre