This Is the Music Video of the Summer

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I’m two months behind on Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home,” off their forthcoming album 7/27, but better late than never, I’d say. This gem is both an homage to music videos past, and a testament to where the genre should be headed going forward.


Ignore the thinkpieces in which writers tell you their thoughts as to the meaning of the bevy songs that feature the word “work” on the charts lately (short version: it’s a way to say sex). Ignore Ty Dolla $ign’s brief and uninteresting cameo the way most of Fifth does. What we have here is deeply campy celebration of hot men who are good with... tools... that takes place at a very dangerous construction site I think OSHA might want to look into.

Sample lyrics, to set the scene as to what we’re dealing with here.

Let’s put it into motion

I’mma give you a promotion

I’ll make it feel like a vacay, turn the bed into an ocean

We don’t need nobody, I just need your body

Nothin’ but sheets in between us, ain’t no getting off early

You don’t gotta go to work, work, work, work, work, work, work

But you gotta put in work, work, work, work, work, work, work

You don’t gotta go to work, work, work, work, work, work, work

Let my body do the work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work

And now!

Oh... what’s that you’re doing with that hammer?
Danger! Fire!
So deft with the tape measure.

My only issue with this video is that its best moment happens less than 30 seconds into it.


You pour that concrete while wearing your turtleneck leotard under jeans, girl!

I’ve gone as far as to look up Fifth’s numerous live performances of this song. and while the Jimmy Kimmel version gets an A for effort, it simply does not have the Charlie’s Angels, McG remake quality that made the original video so stellar. Click through at your own peril.



Lana del ¿Qué?

I legit love this song. I will never outgrow girl groups.

ETA: Tired of the completely unnecessary cameos by male rappers that pervade awesome pop songs by female artists. See: “Good For You”. Do music bigwigs really think these songs can’t stand on their own??