New song from Maroon 5 – “Payphone (Lyric Video)” fea. Wiz Khalifa
The format of “Payphone” is based on comics, the blue fire is a different version of Dragonball Z, but unfortunately the song does not fully convey why the cartoon style was an essential element of Maroon 5‘s tune.
It is not the first time comics played a part of a music video, when you recall the group from Norway who chose their name as it means the same thing in every language… A-Ha and their monumental and genre-breaking “Take On Me” from 1985 where animation and live action blended for a romantic way to ditch one’s diner bill?
When Mort was looking to jump into the real world, this was borrowing a piece from Paddy Cheyefsky’s “Altered States” (the parallel is when Mort is slamming walls to break free of the cartoon world, just as William Hurt‘s character was seeking to stay within what we deem as Reality)…
That said, as a song, ‘Payphone‘ from Adam Levine is very good even if repetitive, which paradoxically lends itself to being considered as “catchy.” As a Maroon 5 tune? They’ve done better. Overall, 6 of 10