STFU & Hold Me: The music video is out!

Hello Lizettes and Lizards!

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(Source: Liz Huett via Instagram for Interscope Records)

The beautiful and talented Liz Huett has gone ahead and dropped her first ever music video to follow the release of her single “STFU & Hold Me“. Liz is not one to mince words (which you should really have figured out by now) but it’s not like she’s a hardened criminal or anything.

Okey perhaps we should watch the clip first. Here we go!

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Okey, okey she went a little Bonnie and Clyde. The clip was directed by Frank Borin. I don’t know who the guy is, but I’m having the ninjas look him up. No, I didn’t tell them to rough him up or anything but sometimes things happen.

I’m kidding. Mostly. Surely. Not jealous one bit.

It’s a typical story of a young couple in love. Girl distracts customer, boy steals keys, boy and girl steal truck and ride into sunset. You know, the usual. I’m being sarcastic. I’m pretty sure Liz rejected the usual rainbows and hearts and requested something a little more akin to sour candy and whiskey.

It’s a crime… that she has not blown up into a big star already. Keep watching. Liz is taking on the big leagues and she’s going to start by breaking a few rules. I celebrate she’s not willing to go all demure and sweet-like and instead has chosen to kick a few doors open.

The single is available now here.

Coming up in the Calendar:

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

 

Look What You Made Me Do. The video.

Let’s go to the video first, Taylor Nation.

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Now I’m not sure if this merits any analysis, because this video was as meta as Taylor has ever been. There was no cameos from anybody. There were scenes of Taylor as a dead corpse, as a rich heiress, as Queen Snake and finally the cherry on top.

The Taylors. All of them, the Taylors from all eras dating back to the beginning. The ringmaster from the tour finale of Red. The nerdy girl from You Belong With Me. The actual acceptance speech Taylor from the MTV incident, even the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. We also got some new ones. Zombie Taylor, Bike Gang Taylor… I can already picture new costumes are being worked on for the Reputation Tour.

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But as much as these are past Taylors, they’re very much beloved by fans. So I’m sure that even though this is basically a parody of Taylor Swift made by Taylor Swift herself, that doesn’t mean we’re forgetting them. I think this video might have been fun as a retrospect, but it doesn’t have a storyline of its own. Instead it borrows the one that the media wrote and pokes fun at it.

I still think we’ve yet to see the central theme of Reputation. Good on Taylor to take control of her own narrative, but I also want to hear new music on other subjects.

Coming up in the Calendar:

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

The 2017 VMA Swiftlist: What you might want to know tonight

The 2017 VMAs are tonight, Taylor Nation.

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(Source: TaylorPictures.net)

And I find myself conflicted. To be honest, I think Taylor has outgrown MTV’s Video Music Awards and could’ve stopped attending several years ago. The show has been a magnet for controversy and high school level antics and producers are happy to play up scandals for ratings and social media attention.

The video release for “Look What You Made Me Do” will take place during the show. Odds are good it will be used to open to show, as it’s been done in the past. Other than the video and the single, Taylor Swift is nominated for best collaboration with Zayn Malik for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

All that doesn’t look like good enough reasons for her to be there. I think it would add more weight to her eventual appearance in award shows if she’s selective. Now, for full disclosure! Here at the Swift Agency (hey, bet you haven’t heard that in a while), still just a guy who’s older than your average fan, we support the idea that Taylor should become super selective about her appearance. Keep the people guessing on whether you’re there or not. In other words, I am biased – I don’t think she should go.

There’s more to be said here, but I have a bad feeling about this video release. People have been nitpicking at everything already. I really don’t feel like doing rumor control, but sometimes all this picking apart just pisses me off.

Anyhow, on to the show. I don’t plan to watch it throughout. The video should appear on VEVO soon, and then we’ll talk.

Coming up in the Calendar:

August

  • August 27: The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is released at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017.

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

Review Corner: Liz Huett – STFU and Hold Me

lizhuett_2017-Aug-07Sour candy and whiskey, Huett fans.

Liz Huett has finally revealed her new single “STFU and Hold Me” and a new stage in her career begins. She’s been teasing us with new music for what feels like an age, but she has not been slacking on the job. Her effort pays off in a ballad that is both gentle and sassy. This ballad is less saccharine and more sour candy and whiskey.

That’s kind of Liz’s image in a nutshell. She’s going for the main spotlight now, but she’s not leaving herself behind. The song works as both a more direct approach to a relationship and as a simple advice to anybody who’s debating whether she’s headliner material.

The candid language is just a more realistic way of cutting through the all the red tape. Relationships are messy and sometimes words get in the way. It also makes me think this is a way in which Liz is defining where and when that song should be sing. I don’t think morning shows will get why there’s a swear word thrown in there, but a real couple in a real grown-up relationship will understand a lot better. Not everything comes with an instruction manual.

The song works in melody and harmony for a solo singer with key backup points, but I wouldn’t mind hearing it unplugged. It is not overproduced, and there are no bells or whistles getting in the way of Liz’ clear voice. I think she has a solid first single of what I hope is an upcoming album. Even as a standalone, it’s worth a top spot on your playlist.

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You can catch “STFU and Hold Me” on its several platforms here.

News Update: Liz Huett drops a new single tomorrow!

It’s about to go down.

The beautiful and talented Liz is coming out with new music! Not only that, it comes with apparently a whole lot of attitude. Jaws will drop, hearts with break, eyes will widen and that single is going to soar.

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(Source: Liz Huett via Twitter)

She’s even shared a few tidbits that imply the song will show up with a music video. We’re finally going to see what she’s been working on, starting with this song called STFU and Hold Me. Something tells me this is less of a romantic ballad and more of a stab in the heart. There’s a certain aggression in those looks. Or am I imagining things?

We shall see.