As if dropping Rihanna’s name in the song title wasn’t enough, The Wanted decided to parody boy bands from yesteryear to snatch some press. Anything to sell downloads I guess. If all the 90s references don’t parlay to YouTube views, band member Jay McGuiness’ “Gangnam Style” dancing might garner some clicks from those who still aren’t tired of PSY’s ubiquitous viral video. Seriously though, “Walks Like Rihanna” is the most random music clip ever, but I sorta like it. What can I say? Sometimes I’m in the mood for cheese.
The British man band chose “Bye Bye Bye” (‘N Sync), “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys) and “Invisible Man” (98 Degrees) to mock, or pay homage, depending on your take. The clip begins with Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes and McGuiness having a video pitch meeting with a women who can’t sing nor dance, but can walk like Rihanna.
It’s good to see that Sykes participated in the clip before his throat surgery. Check out the video below. It sorta reminds me of Blink 182′s “All The Small Things” where the trio referenced their pop rivals at the time. Check out The Wanted’s latest below, along with all the original clips. Enjoy.
What do you think of the music video? Mockery or homage? Did Blink 182 parody boy bands better than The Wanted? Sound off below.