Green Day Hang With Tattooed Ladies in New ‘Oh Love’ Video
The simple aspects of life in a band are explored in Green Day‘s new, no-frills video for ‘Oh Love.’
The camera pans to the knobs on the amps, the headstocks of the guitars and the threads of the fishnets worn by the hot tattooed women watching the band while holding beers in their hands. After the trio straps on their instruments, there is subtle nodding of heads in time with the melody of the song. The larger message here is that music can be pure and you can avoid falling into the trap of extraneous nonsense that distracts you from what you are hearing.
Here, Green Day are like a house band performing for lovely, edgy, punk rock ladies. No more, no less.
There’s not much in the way of action or narrative, other than model-hot women covered in ink, slathered in inky, smoky eye makeup and sporting hair colors not normally found in nature, all enjoying the undeniably catchy first single from ‘¡Uno!’ Billie Joe Armstrong strums away and sings about wearing his heart on a noose as the spectators are draped across couches and sprawled out on the floor of this graffiti-covered space, soaking in the song.
There’s a real beautiful simplicity throughout. Visually, it’s a graphic novel come to life, thanks the gray tones. In fact, it almost looks like like something that Frank Miller might have drawn and/or directed, thanks to the overall dark imaging.
The band eventually hangs with the hotties, and Armstrong even shares a stretched out piece of gum with one of them, ‘Lady and the Tramp’ style.
There’s a recognition of the purity of music in this video. There’s no unnecessary plot. No choreography. No nonsense. Instead, it focuses on people who are part of the rock culture and who live, love and play music.
Armstrong referenced that very notion in the post-premiere interview, saying, “We’re not trying to top ourselves in any way. It’s about putting on a really good live performance. We get up and put instruments on and rock out. That’s the difference between us and other mainstream acts. We’re all mainstream acts, by the way. [Others] depend on choreography but we represent the rock ‘n’ roll side of things.”