Thursday, May 27, 2010

Halo - Alternate Version

Life is never boring for Beyoncé fans. The most successful, beautiful and talented woman in popular music (after La Toya) continues to keep us on our toes by releasing/leaking an alternate cut (above) of her iconic "Halo" video. From what I gather, this was set to be the original version until the record company got cold feet and scratched the dark subplot - which would explain the notable absence of a storyline in the final edit. Many fans and sad, jealous haters have called this a radical improvement but I couldn't disagree more. Anyone who knows me will testify to my ongoing obsession with "Halo". A year and a half on and I still listen to it at least once a day. Queen B's Grammy winning anthem got me through a rough patch and obviously struck a chord with millions of other people around the globe. Hell, international superstar Kym Wilson even walked down the aisle to it with the equally legendary Toni Pearen by her side! I wonder if people would feel the same emotional connection to the song if it was associated with such a dark and depressing film clip?

Don't get me wrong. I love it when Beyjesus mixes it up by going on a lesbian murder spree ("Telephone") or getting wasted in the bathtub ("Why Don't You Love Me?") but the alternate version of "Halo" completely misrepresents the song and - worse still - doesn't even make sense. Can someone please explain what the hell is going on? Beyoncé spends most of the video brushing her teeth and looking glamorous while driving a car, while her boyfriend is apparently chased by police. Or is he a policeman? And I'm sorry but the big finale is completely ridiculous. How often is being mauled by a (small) dog - on the ankle (!) - a fatal injury? Did he catch rabies or just die of boredom when Leona Lewis popped on his iPod? The released version (below) is incredibly simple but that's one of the reasons I love it. In fact, after "Single Ladies" it's probably my favourite video from the "Sasha Fierce" era. The soft, white light and eerie underwater scene imbue the clip with a spiritual element that suits the song perfectly and B's interaction with her male lead is romantic without making you want to vomit. I'm glad the alternate version leaked. I just have no desire to see it ever again.

7 comments:

tommie said...

Are you implying that Beyoncé is more successful than Dannii? Sad, jealous hater. Soon your end will come.

The Prophet said...

lmfao @ Halo video being "iconic".

Its as boring as watching paint dry, which is a very accurate reflected of Bukkake Knowles.

The Prophet said...

reflection*

I blame Beyonce for that typo.

undisco_me said...

Beyonce's into bukkake? I always did think Jay-Z must be like a car wash...

Beyonce hasn't done anything iconic in her life - even Crazy In Love was just a Deee-Lite/Diana Ross rip off.

I do like Halo right enough - just for the vocal dips alone, she does love her dips that one food or otherwise.

Matt said...

the other version doesnt fit the song at all

wordpresssean said...

I agree with The Prophet, since when was Halo iconic?! That said, I'm not a sad jealous Beyoncé hater...I really found the original Halo is as boring as Hell and the alternate version ridiculous. He gets mauled by a dog? Hilarious.

Beyoncé's videos were terrible in the Sasha Fierce era... Single Ladies, If I Were A Boy, Why Don't You Love Me and possibly Broken Hearted Girl were the only good videos, the rest were turdeous pieces of garbage!

Mike said...

It's so iconic! That leotard, the bust popping gown underwater and her luminous beauty. You're all sad H8TRS!

But Tommie is also right, Dannii will always have the most $ucce$$!