September 18, 2012


Watch Aimee Mann's Surprisingly Hilarious New Video, Starring Jon Hamm

Today sees the release of an absolutely hysterical Aimee Mann music video. Yep, you read that right—the usually somber singer-songwriter has teamed with Jon Hamm to tell the story of a creative concept gone completely wrong.

Quick '80s music history lesson: You should know that most of this clip is a shot-for-shot recreation of the classic but silly "Voices Carry" video, a clip from Mann's New Wave band 'Til Tuesday.

If recreating an admittedly dated 27-year-old video sounds like a bad idea, Mann is right there with you. "Labrador" starts out with a skeezy director (Hamm, looking like John Waters but sounding like a Sopranos reject) expounding on his questionable creative process while a pained Mann explains how he tricked her into doing the remake.

Watch the video above to see: 1) Mann spoofing herself 2) Hamm being reliably hysterical 3) A cameo of Ted Leo in a ridiculous wig and 4) Jon Wurster (comedic partner of director Tom Scharpling & drummer for the Mountain Goats) delivering the line, "I bring the same level of intensity whether it’s a music video or the new Stanley Klubrick movie."