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Charlie Puth Just Wanted To ‘Dance Like An Idiot’ For New ‘How Long’ Video | News
Charlie Puth’s new video for his funky hit-in-the-making “How Long” takes the adage “Dance like nobody’s watching” to crazy new heights. Literally.
In the Emil Nava-directed video, released on Thursday (October 19), Puth grooves down the sidewalk, jigs in a lobby, struts up the side of a building, and shows off his fancy footwork in mid-air, La La Land-style. It’s a slick, smiley, frivolous side of Puth we haven’t seen before in his music videos, and according to him, it’s something he decided to do so he could be vulnerable and, well, “dance like an idiot.”
Speaking to MTV News over the phone, Puth explained what it was like getting out of his comfort zone and into his dancing shoes (and a very tight harness).
MTV News: Congrats on the release! How does it feel to have the video out there in the world?
Charlie Puth: It feels good. It’s definitely a different video. I’m trying to finish up my album, so I haven’t been able to see reactions yet, but I did check the YouTube comments, which is something I’ve been doing since, like, 2008. I saw pretty positive stuff, so that’s good.
MTV: What was your favorite comment?
Puth: I think someone sarcastically asking me if I could teach them my very, very complicated dance moves. Because clearly I’m not a dancer, as everyone figured out very quickly. But I thought it was pretty cheeky.
MTV: As you said, this is something pretty different for you. We haven’t really seen you dance before. What made you want to do that for this video?
Puth: Because I can’t dance! I’m very self-deprecating; I’ve been making fun of myself since the day I was born. If I did one more video where I was making out with a girl, I was going to throw up. I was so sick of that, so I decided to do something completely different. The song, the lyrics — it’s kind of part two of “Attention,” where there’s a somber tone to it but a happy beat. And I don’t really know why I’m dancing to this song. I don’t know why I’m flying in the air. I just wanted to do something random. There’s really no reason. Everyone’s going to come up with all these theories, like, “Oh, he’s dancing to celebrate that he’s free.” No. I just wanted to dance like an idiot.
MTV: Yeah, I love that the whole time, you’re smiling and you look so happy and amused. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, because the song is all about apologizing for cheating on this girl.
Puth: We filmed the video from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., so I think I was just smiling because I was going a little crazy. I had this harness on and I was flying in the air in downtown L.A., and I was smiling because I was thinking to myself, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually doing this.”
MTV: Were your moves choreographed at all?
Puth: Nope! Made them up on the spot, which is honestly not that impressive.
MTV: How did it feel to get out of your comfort zone and dance on camera? Were you nervous or insecure at all?
Puth: A little bit at first, because I always forget how many people are watching me when I’m filming. When I was thinking of this video concept in my head, I was like, “I’m going to be in my own little world, it’s going to be morning, there’s going to be no one around.” Then I forgot about the crew of 80 people that was on the video set.
MTV: If you had to rate your moves on a scale from one to ten, where do you think you fall?
Puth: Probably a two. The hilarious answer would be a one or a zero, but I give myself the two because I made the college try. I call them wedding dance moves. Maybe I will make a tutorial on the Charlie Puth wedding dance moves, but all it is is a video full of moves that white people would do at weddings.
MTV: When you’re dancing solo around the lobby of that building, I got major Fatboy Slim vibes. You know that “Weapon of Choice” video where Christopher Walken’s dancing around the hotel?
Puth: Yeah, that was definitely a reference. That’s one of my all-time favorite videos.
MTV: So you were aiming for that?
Puth: I think so, but less intense. Not as many backflips.
MTV: It’s a really surprising moment when the first chorus kicks in and you start walking up the wall of this building. How did you make that happen?
Puth: We had a stunt team there who works with Tom Cruise and all these actors when they’re in the movies. I had this tight harness — it was so tight, I couldn’t breathe sometimes. They just said I had to get used to it. I pulled my pants down in front of everybody and put this harness on. It was so painful, and I literally had to walk up the wall vertically at 4:00 in the morning having not slept at all. It was a really tough day, but it looks natural, so that’s good.
MTV: Yeah, it looked great. What about the scene where you’re flying — were there any special effects there?
Puth: No effects. It was literally just a harness and me clenching onto my private area. That was at 6:00 in the morning, and the police were yelling at us because we were throwing haze in the middle of the street, and cars were going by when they weren’t supposed to. It was kind of intense, and I’m in the air and you see me smiling because I’m like, “Why did I do this?”
MTV: When did the concept for the video come to you? Is that the type of thing that you’re ever thinking about while you’re making a song?
Puth: I think it was when I started laying down the vocals, I thought to myself what the video would be like. I just wanted to be a little vulnerable for this video, and I said that word over and over again in my head. What’s vulnerable? Well, doing something that people feel, which is dance, and dancing very poorly. .. but on purpose. And it’s literally how it all came together: “For this video, I will dance in downtown L.A. like an idiot. In a suit. And that’s going to be the video. There’s going to be no explanation as to why I’m doing it.”
MTV: You said that “How Long” is the second part of “Attention.” Was it supposed to pick up that same night as the “Attention” video, after you get into a fight?
Puth: Actually, yes. Correct. You’re very observational. I guess it being part two, I would’ve left that house in “Attention” and threw a suit on. Took off my casual party clothes and put on a sweaty old suit and then danced in downtown L.A. So there is truth to that.
MTV: Will there be a part three of that saga?
Puth: No, I think I’m ready to share a new story.
MTV: There’s one scene where you’re looking at this painting of a woman whose eyes are covered, and she’s engulfed in flames. What is that scene all about to you?
Puth: That’s the girl! The real girl. The girl that I didn’t want in the video or portrayed in the video, but I just wanted a little bit of symbolism there.
MTV: Are you ready for fans to start theorizing about who it is?
Puth: Well, I guess I asked for it. It would be weird if I left that part out of the story. That said, “Attention” and this song go hand in hand. And, you know, I guess you can see it. You can see the painting.
Charlie Puth - How Long
How Long - Charlie Puth |
OMG! Charlie Puth needs - and I mean really really really needs - a choreographer to sort him out. This feels too much like dad-dancing or the dancing from the unforgettable awkward scene in The Inbetweeners. However, there is a slight scene that saves the whole entire music video from being a total disaster - but more on that later. The song is a flat-out banging tune though, and I can so see it gaining momentum and becoming popular. I was saving this for Chart Mondays, but as it jumped into the top ten, Camila Cabello grabbed the top spot with "Havana" featuring Young Thug, and now this song is dropping down the UK chart, unfortunately. So here we are. Watch Charlie Puth dance through downtown Los Angeles in the street and inside a building in this music video for his song "How Long".
Charlie Puth is quickly becoming one of the biggest male artists in the world; he keeps releasing hit after hit after hit, and I have no doubt that his new album is going to be mighty popular. This song peaked at number nine in the UK, which is the exact same chart number that previous single "Attention" grabbed; both songs are addicting in every way and really shows that the new album is going to be something we all won't be able to get enough of. The song was written by Charlie Puth, Jacob Kasher, and Justin Franks.
Directed by Emil Nava, the music video is a pure performance piece that really shows Charlie Puth's confidence and stage dance ability - which isn't much. He isn't afraid of making a fool of himself, and this is what makes this music video a soon-to-be classic.
There are some amazing moves such as flying and wall climbing, which definitely switches up the music video; and, it is great that he can dance freely but there's just no connection to the song and it just comes off so embarrassing.
He's trying to be smooth, casual, and slick, but it comes off quite smarmy. It might've worked a bit better if he hadn't have been dressed in a suit, and the obvious product placement of the Dodge Challenger car suggests there was meant to be a narrative to the music video, especially since there is a love interest inside the car. People say it signifies the woman he got with, versus the woman in the painting who is the person he cheated on.
Overall, this music video has nothing to it, and even Charlie Puth admitted that he wanted to do something random. Music videos should represent the song and transform it into a visual experience for every viewer, and although there are some scenes that link in with this song, this just doesn't work as an overall concept.
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Charlie Puth - "How long" - Describe me
Night city. Charlie Puth is walking along the sidewalk along the high-rise building. Cars are passing by on the road. Behind, a street lamp with two round shades shines with a warm yellowish light.
Charlie has a pretty boyish face, a scar in the middle of his right eyebrow. Thick brown hair is cut short at the temples and stands up straight from the bangs to the back of the head. Charlie is dressed in a dark blue suit, black vest and white shirt. A white stripe of handkerchief peeks out from the breast pocket of the jacket. Elegant black shoes polished to a shine. They tread softly on the asphalt. nine0006
Charlie walks past the illuminated panoramic windows of the building, through which nothing can be seen. These are white matte rectangles one and a half Charlie's height, which glow with a smooth milky white light.
A black silhouette of a singer is advancing against the background of the windows. He walks with a calm step, keeps his left hand in his pants pocket, and then begins to dance: he slightly shakes his body, makes smooth movements with his hands and turns around his axis. Charlie stops, leans back against the glowing window, one foot rests on the glass and crouches on the other, sliding down the glass. Then he gets up and continues to move to the rhythm of the song. nine0005 Charlie is now at the dark glossy tiled wall. He jumps onto the wall perpendicular to the pavement and strides up it as if in weightlessness. Having reached the very top, he steps onto the roof and again assumes an upright position. Charlie dances along the very edge, and then stands with shiny shoes on the edge of the roof and, arms outstretched, lies back in the air. Charlie does not fall, but rolls with his soles several times over the rib, going from vertical to horizontal and back again. Then he slides down the wall the same way he came up and jumps down to the pavement. nine0005 Charlie is dancing again at the lighted first floor windows.
He comes to the glass door of the office building, which says "Los Angeles, Center Studios". Charlie opens it and enters a brightly lit hallway. In the center, on a gray marble floor, are four white leather chairs around a small wooden table with a white orchid. Above the table hangs a spherical lamp. In the corners of the room, on both sides of the front door, there are metal tubs with human-sized green plants. nine0005 There is no one in the hall but Charlie. He dances across the room, moving his shoulders smoothly, holding his hands to his chest. Charlie jumps onto the orchid table, jumps off the other side, and continues walking deeper.
Now Charlie is standing at the crossroads of two streets, on the roadway. There are no cars or people around. The city is shrouded in mist, the green lights of the traffic lights of the street stretching into the distance break through the white curtain and the walls of buildings are visible. Charlie sings, now bringing his hands to his chest, then spreading them to the sides. nine0005 Charlie is inside the building again. He moves on across the gray marble floor and jumps up to the reception desk. On the opposite side of it stands a tall bright bouquet of yellow, orange and burgundy flowers. Charlie dances and moves forward and backward on the counter.
Without visible effort, Charlie slides on his feet on the sidewalk outside the windows of the building. Then he slides across the marble floor of the lobby and over the reception desk.
Charlie is back at the foggy intersection. Now it dances in the round headlights of the iconic Dodge Challenger, a black four-door coupe. A girl with straight black hair sits behind the wheel. She brushes her hair away from her face and watches Charlie through the windshield. nine0005 Charlie is standing in front of an oil painting. She wears a young woman in an ivory dress with a deep neckline. It fits snugly around the figure and expands from the knees down. The hem of the dress turns into tongues of flame that surrounds the girl and from which gray smoke comes out, forming the background of the picture. Long brown hair is scattered over the girl's shoulders. In her hands she holds a red rose, head down. A bright red smear of paint passes through the girl's eyes. Charlie stares at the painting, then lowers his head. nine0005 Now he's on top of the building. Along the edges are metal fences a meter high, illuminated from below along the entire perimeter of the roof. Charlie walks past a bench and a plant in a gray tub. He dances with his arms spread out to the sides, his head raised to the sky and his eyes closed. Behind him, the windows of a taller building glow. Charlie jumps up onto the railing and dances nonchalantly across it.
Charlie is back at the crossroads. The fog cleared. Charlie suddenly rises into the air. He shifts his legs, as if walking, and flies higher and higher. He dances in the air and makes his smooth movements with his shoulders and arms. nine0005 Cut-up of Charlie dancing and singing in the air over a deserted intersection, on a rooftop, in a hallway, on a sidewalk in front of lighted windows, on a roof railing, at a foggy intersection.
Charlie's feet, in shiny shoes, slide smoothly onto the pavement.
Everything is getting dark. The title of the song "How long" appears in red letters on a black screen. It is written eight times: in four lines and two columns.
Description by Alexandra Korotkova0001 October 22, 2019Video clips
This music video tells the story of a difficult relationship between two young people: a man and a woman. Throughout the clip, we see them in several situations. First - at a party, among people dressed in evening dresses. The young man (Charlie Puth) keeps aloof from everyone, looking sad. His eyes follow a bright beautiful girl with long blond hair, dressed in an open red dress and stilettos. A girl with a glass in her hand chats and smiles as she moves from one group of guests to another. She, unlike Charlie, feels at home here. Her thin silhouette in red stands out from those who stand next to her; their faces flicker, they are all extras in this story - Charlie sees only her. nine0006
Charlie sings on the outdoor terrace or balcony. Behind him, below, in the distance, the lights of a huge city glow.
Charlie comes down the stairs. He gets into the car and leaves.
Charlie in the recording studio.
And here he is sitting on a wide bed in a dark bedroom and singing.
Close-up of a girl, annoyance on her face.
A girl in black lingerie dances on an outdoor terrace against the backdrop of neon lights.
A girl and Charlie in an apartment with light walls, Charlie is standing in the doorway, the girl throws a vase of dark glass at the wall, the vase shatters. The girl is furious about something, she grabs Charlie by the collar of his T-shirt and drags him into the room. The room has white walls, glass shelves with vases and flower pots. The girl throws white ceramic vases at the glass walls - one after another, glass and ceramics explode with splashes. The girl grabs Charlie as if to hit him. They fight, their struggle turns into a passionate kiss. nine0005 A girl in black underwear sits on the bed behind Charlie. She reaches out to him, touches his back.
The girl is dancing on the terrace.
The girl and Charlie are fighting, kissing.
The girl breaks out and leaves.
The girl behind Charlie gets out of bed and leaves.
Charlie Puth's voice without music is heard in the last part of the clip. Screen caption in English:
The audio you are currently listening to is the original idea for “Attention”. While on tour in Tokyo, Japan, Charlie came up with the concept. So he pulled out his phone and recorded this voice note.