Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)
Bruno Mars’s signature retro showmanship is front-and-center in the official video for “Uptown Funk.” The song is the lead single from Grammy-winning English producer Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album Uptown Special.
The duo is set to perform the song live on tonight’s SNL, which should be worth watching if it’s anything like this delightful video (directed by Mars himself, with his longtime directing partner Cameron Duddy). Everything about it, from its silly set pieces to its sartorial swag to its exaggerated camera angles, lovingly throws us back to the ‘80s.
And, despite being credited as guest vocalist, Bruno Mars can’t help but steal the spotlight with his effortlessly fly dance moves, although the reserved Ronson seems to be enjoying himself all the same as he bobs along in the background. The two prove themselves again as unparalleled connoisseurs of integrating past musical trends into the new digital era.
And if you’re a gif-fiend, we’ve got a request: there’s a brilliant sequence starting at 1:33 where Mars suavely gets a liquor refill, takes a sip, signs a check, and then calls for a limo, all while stepping in sync with his posse of hooligans to the song’s groove.
It’s pretty much too smooth to believe. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
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