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I was a huge fan of Ricki-Lee’s “look at me I’m hot now!” comeback track, “Raining Diamonds,” but she totally lost me with the rest of the singles from her Fear & Freedom album. By the time the era wrapped up, I thought that Ricki-Lee’s time in the musical spotlight was probably up. I mean, she had a pretty good run for an Australian pop star, so I was ready to accept that this was it for her and just move on.
Then out of nowhere came “Come & Get In Trouble With Me,” which is probably the greatest Aussie pop single since whatever the hell Kylie’s last huge hit was.
Who woulda thought, right?
Ricki-Lee’s gone full top forty EDM on this one, but in the best way possible. There’s no derivative dubstep drops or any of that shit — it’s just damn good dance-pop from start to finish, even if it isn’t the most original song ever created.
“It makes me so hot, burning up,” Ricki sings over pounding club beats. “I don’t give a fuck / wanna take it off and dance in the street / so baby, come and get in trouble with me.”
Yes, Ricki-Lee uses the “F” word in the chorus of her new single, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the accompanying music video, she dances with topless strippers, and even gets naked herself. It’s like the combination of Stars on 54’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” T-ara’s “Roly Poly,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and it’s fucking incredible. It’s a homage to Studio 54 with a modern twist of ratchetness, so one minute Ricki’s poppin’ bottles and pouring champagne over bikini-clad strippers, and the next she’s doing disco moves and riding a white horse naked through the middle of the club.
It’s so good that it’s iconic, and not in the overused blogosphere sense of the word. Like, literally iconic. Can you imagine if Rihanna or Katy Perry came out doing choreography this good with an epic disco-stripper concept and a smashingly good dance-pop song, on top of naked horse riding? It’d be the biggest thing ever.
A lot of the motivation behind this video is obviously the “Blurred Lines-style” shock factor, but who cares when the execution is so damn perfect? The funniest part is that Ricki-Lee’s done this more tastefully than a lot of pop videos where the artists are fully-clothed. I could rattle ten less-classy clips off the top of my head in a second!
“Come & Get In Trouble With Me” might be a little too racy for Australia, but hopefully it’ll go international. “Do It Like That” was a top ten hit in Japan, so anything’s possible!