Janelle Monáe’s ‘Electric Lady’ Sorority Party Puts All Others to Shame
By Alex Panisch
Janelle Monáe, the ArchAndroid, the Electric Lady, the Q.U.E.E.N. herself, has just released the video for “Electric Lady,” the eponymous track off her sophomore LP. Taking a break from high-concept videos like those for “PrimeTime” and “Q.U.E.E.N.,” Monáe’s “Electric Lady” video employs a classic music video conceit: a kick-ass house party. And you know the Electro Phi Betas throw the best damn party sorority row has ever seen.
Now, don't get us wrong, we do miss the high-concept art direction and narratives we saw in her earlier videos. It’s not that she needs them as a gimmick, she’s a superstar in her own right, but they were part of the fun. Also, the product placement—which is standard in videos now and that’s just fine—could have been folded in a little better and made less, well, obvious. All nit-picking aside, we love the video—it's solid.
Now, where do we rush Electro Phi Beta?