The A*Teens “Upside Down” Music Video Is Probably The Greatest Depiction Of The Future Ever
Last Friday, YouTube suggested I check out a music video by the A*Teens, aka the Swedish pop group that blessed the world with its ABBA covers around the turn of the New Millennium. That music video was the music video for "Upside Down", the A*Teens' track from the year 2000. I could not recall the last time this video and my eyeballs crossed paths, and that would not stand. A revisit was beyond overdue. Ugh, YouTube is such a great friend, I thought. I took YouTube up on its suggestion. I clicked. I watched. I haven't been able to stop talking about the video since.
“Upside Down” is not only not an ABBA song, but it was the first non-cover the A*Teens released as a single. The original track, which appears on 2001 album Teen Spirit, went on to become one of the quartet's biggest hits. The theme of the music video for “Upside Down”, which was choreographed by WADE EFFIN’ ROBSON, just so happens to be one of the music video themes I treasure with all of my heart: the late '90s/early aughts “future.” Gravity is defied, the walls look like something you could order out of a dELiA*s catalog (R.I.P.), and there is a room that appears to be part of a Limited Too (R.I.P.) space station (more on that in a bit).
Here are the most delightfully “futuristic” things from the “Upside Down” music video:
The Hallway That Looks Like This
Really big fan of the random placement of the chairs and lamps. I could question the necessity of the floor lamps (as you might've noticed, the walls, floor, and ceiling light up), but I won't. I don't want to disrespect The Future.
The gravity is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
This Instant Messenger Client
Did you ever wish AOL Instant Messenger buddy icons took up 90% of the chat window, leaving only a narrow line for the text? We spent so much time scrolling through random AIM icon websites and carefully choosing which picture we thought best represented our "personal brands," so it really was a shame that the icons occupied such a small square of space. The A*Teens *get* it. The A*Teens *get* that the buddy icon should be the star of the show.
Like I said before, this room belongs in a Limited Too space station. I assume the floor is covered in scented glitter. Scented glitter that doesn't show up on camera due to the lighting of the room.
The Scene In Which The A*Teens Take A Casual Stroll Along The Ceiling
No big deal.
The Scene In Which Sara FLIES THROUGH THE AIR
TTYL, gravity. It's time to soar!
The Dance Club
I wonder if there is an invisible perspiration-catching sheet that bisects the room. Otherwise, the people dancing on the floor would drip sweat onto the people dancing on the ceiling, and vice versa. That would be disgusting.
The Perfect Dance Floor
It reminds me of something out of The Sims: House Party expansion pack. That's maybe the biggest compliment I've ever given in my entire life.
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