In the clip for the song “1999,” Charli XCX and Sivan playfully parody famous movie moments from “Titanic,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix” and “The Blair Witch Project.” The video also features a cameo from “Dancing Baby,” of Ally McBeal fame, and a lyrical nod to Britney Spears’ hit song “… Baby One More Time.”
The video — directed by Charli and Ryan Staake — also throws back to the heyday of MTV’s “Total Request Live” as the pair continue to play dress-up. Sivan plays a convincing Justin Timberlake doppelgänger. He also nails it as Eminem and a Backstreet Boy. For her part, Charli embodies Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who sat cross-legged for the computer company’s iconic iMac ad campaign.
Charli lives out her Spice Girls fantasy — embodying each of the five group members — while the two also playfully spoof Marilyn Manson, Aqua (known for one-hot-wonder “Barbie Girl”), and Skechers sneakers.
“1999” is the latest release from Charli, who also put out “Focus,” “No Angel,” “Girls Night Out,” and “Girls” (with Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, and Cardi B). She is about to head out on the road for more dates as part of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tour.
Sivan’s sophomore album, “Bloom,” was released in August.