You know we’ve reached some weird level of pop culture BECOMING the culture when the New York Times runs an entire article dedicated to a Jessica Simpson song. But sure enough, this morning there is commentary on the remake of “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and the accompanying video (which, if you haven’t seen it, you can check out here). Personally, I think Jessica looks a little scary in this video, too skinny and almost angular. But that’s probably just me.
But the song: I love the Nancy Sinatra version, as well as the one Loretta Lynn did. This new one just doesn’t do it for me, and the video just makes it worse. I mean, is it really necessary to grind on Willie Nelson? Wasn’t Johnny Knoxville or Sean William Scott available? It’s just WRONG. But the Times article points out how much power a popular single can have when it comes to marketing a movie, and just the fact that the Times (and I, and so many other people) have probably discussed this only proves that fact. Frankly, I’ve seen the trailer for the Dukes movie twice so far, and it looks silly and frothy and will probably make a hundred million trillion dollars. I mean, it’s not like they’re re-doing The English Patient, it was a cheesy show to begin with. But I kind of wish they’d picked another song. On the flip side, I’ve heard that one of our best local Chapel Hill Bands, Southern Culture on the Skids, is also on the soundtrack. Buy it for Jessica if you will, but get some real Southern culture as a bonus. So that’s good, right?