Can you believe it?
45 years after its initial release on his album Madman On The Water, Elton John‘s
‘Tiny Dancer’ has finally gotten a proper music video treatment.
‘Tiny Dancer’ is just one of those rare songs that’s managed to completely permeate the pores of pop culture.
It’s been covered a million times – by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Grohl, Tim McGraw, Ben Folds, Deadmau5 and so many more. Rihanna and Ed Sheeran have recently referenced it on their own tracks, and TV shows Friends and Will and Grace have famously spun its lyrics into a punch line (“Hold me close, young Tony Danza…”). Presidential candidate Donald Trump even played the track at his campaign rallies, much to Sir Elton John’s dismay.
Probably the most famous pop culture reference for ‘Tiny Dancer’ comes during the tour bus scene at the end of the coming-of-age rock ‘n’ roll epic film Almost Famous…
The brand new ‘Tiny Dancer’ music video was pretty obviously a high budget affair. Though it was directed by relative newcomer Max Weiland, creative imprint The Cut (supported financially by YouTube) lent their considerable clout to the project.
As ‘Tiny Dancer’‘s lyrics are about southern California in the late 60’s/early 70’s, it’s fitting that the music video was shot in Los Angeles. With no discernible continuous plot, the video is simply a passionate, moving tribute to the cultural tapestry of urban America.
There are beauty queens, police officers, street performers, stoner teens, vaping grandmas, valets taking expensive sports cars for a spin, mothers breastfeeding their babies and… Marilyn Manson singing to a snake! Because.. well, why not?
Watch it at the top of this page now!