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When Summer Encounters One Direction
Whether you are charmed by those boyish looks of Harry Style’s curls or just a music lover, well then this article categorically is clearly for you. What is the connection between Summer Glau and one of the most truly successful recording boy band’s ‘One Direction’? I happened to watch a video clip from One Direction’s hit song “What Makes You Beautiful” on YouTube (yes I know but I’m not sheepish to say it) and would you believe it I recognized instantaneously the same Californian beach that was shown in Keith Urban’s music video “Long Hot Summer” featuring the adorable Summer Glau. Without a doubt that alone would be all in all funny under the circumstances but maybe not worthiness of making a blog post about it.
Let me start by a brief description of Keith Urban's music video for "Long Hot Summer".
This music video uses both narrative and performance, and although there isn't much to the story, there's no need for it. It's basic, it's simplistic, but also engaging and understandable.
Keith Urban and his backing band are performing on the sand, where the couple played by Summer Glau and Alexander Rodriguez (actor/model who appeared in "Hot 'n' Cold" by Katy Perry) meet up later on in the video.
Alex plays a surfer who's in love with Summer, who has come and met him at the beach with a friend, which is pretty far away, so a road trip is added in as well. It looks like they plan on having some fun and finally a Summer party at the beach where they meet with more friends. A basic and simplistic narrative, that captures you no matter what.
Here's what Keith Urban's says about the video concept in the making of video.
I was trying to think myself of a storyline that might suit the song. In the end, I realized I probably overthought it. Really, the most simplistic, coolest thing is just be on the beach and sing the song with another story underneath with a few couples that ended having a Summer party at the beach house.
And here's the music video.
And now watch One Direction's group members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson in the music video for "What Makes You Beautiful". It happens the storyline is quite similar to Urban’s clip, the only difference being that Urban is simply performing on the beach while the B-story with Summer is shown, whereas OneD members are singing and also meeting with the girls.
Here are just to name a few side-by-side screenshots showing the similarities between the two music videos.
At the Beach
Keith Urban and OneD are performing on the same sun-soaked Californian beach, Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu to be specific.
Sun on my Face, Wind in my Hair and Music in my Ears
The girl’s road trip is done in a open-air mode convertible to permit us in providing pleasure or delight of the infectious anatomy of the tantalizing and very attractive women. Sure thing I think the guys would lose their minds.
Boys and their Games
The boys of One Direction are playing sports having a kick about showing off their soccer skills on the golden sands at the beach, and also took time out to grab some waves on the deep blue ocean whilst waiting for the girls. Which is also Summer’s sweetheart Alex’s pastime who showed off his surfing skills of catching waves with noticeable ease.
Steps to Freedom
The angelic Summer Glau and Harry Styles ‘Beauty and the Beast’ who would have thought it standing on the same steps and there’s really no better cure than an escape to the cake-mix-soft golden sands of the beach.
Romantic starry-eyed close-up on the lovers until our hearts catch fire. Notice the age difference in the videos. Urban’s fans are most likely older than OneD’s fans and it is reflected in the choice of actors in the music videos. Also we see a kiss in Urban’s video while Harry only makes eye contact with the girl (or is it the ulterior motive NOT to drive to despair Harry’s trophy girlfriends).
If you have come to party you have come to the right place. Everybody is chilling out and relaxing and the drinks are flowing as the party at the beach with friends in the evening gets into full swing. As the sun goes down from the beach to the party to the underground let the party keep on grooving as the mood begins to look upbeat and overjoyed on such a beautiful evening.
In the same vein, here’s another music video from another boys band with a similar storyline. The Vamps sing ‘Somebody To You’ on the same Malibu beach seen in Urban’s and OneD videos. You will also recognize the stoned pool seen at the end of Urban’s video. Check out the music videos and a few screen caps below.
See a familiar face in the screen captures (besides The Vamp, of course)? Summer Glau’s on screen sister Brooke Wexler - in Crackle’s courtroom drama Sequestered - is one of the five girls featured in the music video. Look for the brunette with round sunglasses. Here are a few screen caps featuring Brooke.
This blog post was written in collaboration with our member robbo.
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