Video Review: Mark Ronson | Bang Bang Bang

Mark Ronson, possibly one of pop music's finest purveyors of true cool, is back with a new single from his forthcoming album—this time with the covers kept to a minimum. "Bang Bang Bang" is picture perfect Ronson: It takes his hip-hop roots (Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest) and pushes them far, adding cheeky—and very much en vogue—'80s flair (thanks American Apparel) and the cutting edge (MNDR, a breaking artist that mixes hipster pop and tech-nerd wisdom). The video, which features Japanese talk show hosts, child break dancers and flying synthesizers is all nouveau retro. There's nothing that we haven't seen before, but somehow it still seems contemporary, especially considering that many of his fans are probably too young to catch the reference points in the Voltron-esque opening sequence. The Lacoste product placement at the beginning and end is a little blatant, but the company most likely bank rolled the video. The only other complaint: Ronson, who's always looking dapper in his vintage '60s British mod threads is wearing double-breasted suits throughout the video. Tsk Tsk. I can deal with the '80s resurgence, but I draw the line there.



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