Taylor Swift named her last album 1989 because that’s the year she was born in, yes, but also because the 1980s “was a very experimental time in pop music.” She continued, “I think what you saw happening with music was also happening in our culture, where people were just wearing whatever crazy colors they wanted to, because why not?” But with the exception of the non-album-single “New Romantics” and maybe “Style,” 1989 doesn’t really sound like an album from 1980s. Unlike Carly Rae Jepsen’s retro-leaning E•MO•TION (one of our favorite albums of 2015), which the “Run Away with Me” singer says was inspired by “a Cyndi Lauper concert in Japan.”
It’s not Lauper who Jepsen borrows from in the music video for “Boy Problems,” though — it’s Pat Benatar, with a dash of Joan Jett. They must go the same stylist. There are shoulder pads and sparkly tiaras, and according to Jepsen, artist Petra Collins “reached out to ask if she could make a video for her favorite track from the album: ‘Boy Problems.’ I think she has a very gifted eye for a refreshing look at youth and beauty, and the way she plays with color always stands out to me. So the answer was an immediate YES!”
Try to spot the guest appearance from Rookie editor-in-chief and wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, assuming you can see through all the glitter.