Yes, the Patriots won Sunday night's big game, but Super Bowl XLIX didn't just belong to New England. Super Bowl XLIX belonged to Sad Commercials. Super Bowl XLIX belonged to Dancing Sharks. Super Bowl XLIX belonged to Glittery Fascinators. Super Bowl XLIX belonged to Foot Fungus. And Super Bowl XLIX belonged to Missy Elliott. When Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott took the stage toward the end of Katy Perry’s delightful halftime show, everything felt right. Missy melted our faces with “Get Ur Freak On,” continued to melt our already melted faces with “Work It,” and then melted the melted puddle of face with “Lose Control”.
So, how does one come down from such a spectacular, face-melting performance? By watching Missy Elliott videos on YouTube, that’s how. But I didn't stop at watching the vids. On this fine post-Super Bowl Monday afternoon, I decided to dig into one of Missy’s greatest music videos. And that would be the "Lose Control"/"On And On" video.
The Dave Meyers-directed vid made its TV debut in 2005 and features appearances from Ciara, Fatman Scoop, and Tommy Lee. Ciara and Fatman Scoop appear on the track, so their being in the video totally makes sense. Tommy Lee, however? Not on the song. But hey, no complaints here. His cameo is aces. This entire video is aces.
Every time I hear this song or watch the music video, my body moves involuntarily. I can't help it. I just... lose control. Here are the moments from the music video that make me — do I even need to say it?
When the best first scene of a music video in the history of music videos begins
When the dancing commences
When Missy makes sand look really, really hot
When Missy magically rises up out of the sand
When Missy dances as she magically rises up out of the sand
When Missy kicks a bunch of sand in the air because why not?
When Missy works it out
When Missy and the dancers kick the video to the next scene
When all of the dancers do a bunch of high knee moves
WHEN THIS YORKIE SHOWS UP
When the only moment from the video that feels very 2005 happens
When Ciara hits the camera with this look and reduces all of us to a pile of ashes
When Ciara and the dancers slice the sky with their arm choreo all while being stuck to a wall
When this dancer makes this face
When Missy shows off her amazing sleeves
When Ciara and this dancer bump crotches
When the tempo slows down but the dancing doesn't stop
When someone pops out of a smoke-filled trashcan
When that someone is Tommy Lee
When Missy defies physics
When Missy continues to defy physics
When Tommy Lee starts flying
When Tommy Lee and Missy show off their magic skills
If there was a Grammy for Song/Music Video That Always Puts Kristie Rohwedder In A Great Mood, "Lose Control" would win every year. What a masterpiece.
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